Even though the CBS line up overall was down vs. their last new telecast night, it swept the competition away on Tuesday to average a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating on the night.
Compared to their last original telecasts on 11/14, NCIS was down 2% to a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating. NCIS: LA fell 16% to a 3.6 rating. While The Good Wife was flat with a 2.8 rating (but did hit a series high in average viewership).

After yet another telecast this season of  A Charlie Brown Christmas, ABC’s “What were they thinking?” comedy hour plunged as Scrubs fell 22% from last week to a 1.8 rating, and Better Off Ted found new levels of pitiful with a 1.3 rating (lowest ever) in its second outing, down 13% from its premiere.

NBC’s Sing-Off was up 13% from its premiere on Monday to a 2.6 rating, tieing Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (which was flat vs. last week’s 2.3 rating) in the 8pm hour, and crushing the ABC comedies and Fox’s Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live special at 9pm which could manage only a 1.7 rating.

The Jay Leno Show was down 38% from its post Biggest Loser finale telecast last Tuesday, but its 1.8 rating will still have some “Leno Ragers” fuming.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS 4.1 13 19.862
ABC A Charlie Brown Christmas (special) 2.3 7 6.686
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.3 7 6.224
NBC The Sing-Off 2.2 7 6.318
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.7 2 1.473
8:30 CBS NCIS 4.5 13 21.228
NBC The Sing-Off 2.5 7 6.642
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 2.4 7 6.378
ABC A Charlie Brown Christmas (special) 2.3 6 6.452
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.6 2 1.267
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.7 10 17.646
NBC The Sing-Off 2.8 8 7.617
ABC Scrubs 1.8 5 4.268
FOX Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live (special) 1.7 5 4.192
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.6 2 1.346
9:30 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.6 10 17.070
NBC The Sing-Off 2.8 8 7.218
FOX Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live (special) 1.6 4 3.827
ABC Better Off Ted 1.3 3 3.185
CW The Vampire Diaries (repeat) 0.6 2 1.408
10:00 CBS The Good Wife 2.8 8 14.212
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.9 5 5.350
ABC the forgotten (repeat) 1.0 3 3.322
10:30 CBS The Good Wife 2.8 8 13.951
NBC The Jay Leno Show 1.7 5 5.106
ABC the forgotten (repeat) 0.9 3 3.330

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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