CBS was easily last night’s most-watched network with both total viewers and adults 18-49.  And sure, total viewers don’t matter, but nearly 22 million is still a huge number for NCIS!  More amazing still is that NCIS, now in its eighth season is still setting records (last night was a series high for total viewers).  It’s 4.5 adults 18-49 rating, tops for the night, was none too shabby either and a season-high (and its best since October 20, 2009).

NCIS: LA took some advantage of the lead-in with season highs in total viewers. Its 3.7 adults 18-49 rating was its best since October.   The Good Wife didn’t post season highs with viewers or adults 18-49, but its 2.3 adults 18-49 rating was the best since October and enough to beat Parenthood.   Despite full competition in the hour, Parenthood’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating was down only .1 from last week.  The Biggest Loser was also down .1 from last week to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating between 8p-10p,

V dropped 10% from its premiere to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, but No Ordinary Family dropped 21% to a 1.5 rating.   Detroit 1-8-7 dropped 0.1 to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox’s Million Dollar Money Drop was up 38% to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, January 11, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 4.5/12 21.93
NBC Biggest Loser Couples 3.0/8 8.33
FOX Glee (R) 1.7/4 4.67
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.5/4 5.42
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.4/1 1.07
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.7/9 18.03
NBC Biggest Loser Couples 3.3/8 9.05
ABC V 1.9/5 5.76
FOX Million Dollar Money Drop 1.8/5 5.13
CW Life Unexpected (R) 0.3/1 0.80
10:00 CBS The Good Wife 2.3/6 12.22
NBC Parenthood 2.2/6 5.63
ABC Detroit 1-8-7 1.1/3 5.30

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

• In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 3.0/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.2/8; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.5/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.6/5.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.1/4; “Late Show,” 0.9/4; “Nightline,” 1.2/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.6/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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