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On an almost entirely original night on English broadcast, CBS topped the nights adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership.

NCIS was even with last week’s season low matching 3.4 adults 18-49 rating.  NCIS: Los Angeles was up 4% to a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a season low 2.8 rating last week. Unforgettable was down 5% to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.1 rating last week.

Fox Tuesday’s continue to suffer without Glee. Raising Hope fell 6% to a season low 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.6 rating last week. New Girl fell 7% to a season/series low 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.7 rating last week. Breaking In rose 8% to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.3 rating last week.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser fell to a series regular telecast low of a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 2.3 rating last week. Fashion Star fell 17% vs. last week to a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.8 rating last week.

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars The Story So Far at 8pm started with a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 32% from the comparable show last season. The cycle’s first Dancing With The Stars Results show drew a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 30% vs. last season’s first results show. After a repeat last week, Body Of Proof gained a whopping 50% to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, vs. a 1.4 rating in its last new episode.

The CW’s 90210 was even with last week’s 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Ringer was also even with last week at a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, March 27, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.4 10 18.237
NBC The Biggest Loser (8-10p) 1.9 5 5.623
ABC Dancing With The Stars – recap 1.9 6 10.421
FOX Raising Hope 1.5 5 3.767
CW 90210 0.7 2 1.357
8:30PM FOX Raising Hope -R 1.3 4 3.095
9:00PM ABC Dancing With The Stars 3.0 8 15.323
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.9 8 14.687
FOX New Girl 2.5 7 4.897
CW Ringer 0.5 1 1.096
9:30PM FOX Breaking In 1.4 4 2.823
10:00PM ABC Body Of Proof 2.1 6 9.994
CBS Unforgettable 2.0 6 10.440
NBC Fashion Star 1.5 4 4.000

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,” 2.7/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.8/9; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.1/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.7/4.

At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market household) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-4) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2 with an encore).

At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters

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

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Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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