NCIS Season 6


It’s an NCIS world, we just live in it. CBS’ NCIS, NCIS:Los Angeles combo came out strong Tuesday night with premiere ratings up to all time highs for NCIS, and a strong debut for NCIS: LA. The debut ratings for The Good Wife were good, but ABC’s the forgotten premiere ratings barely beat Leno.
Against premiere competition, Fox and Hell’s Kitchen managed to win the night in adults 18-34 and finish second in adults 18-49. Hell’s Kitchen at 8p (3.2/9) and 9p (3.4/9) combined to match its prior average this summer (3.3 rating) among Adults 18-49 and grew +3% among Adults 18-34 (3.0 vs. 2.9).

CBS’ drama premieres each grew from last year’s time period openers, and the network had its largest premiere week Tuesday audience since 1993. NCIS (4.6/13) was above its 08/09 premiere (3.6/10) and the series debut of NCIS: LA (4.3/11) was up from the Mentalist’s first episode (3.5/9). At 10p, new series The Good Wife (3.1/9) opened higher than last year’s Without a Trace premiere (2.8/7).

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (3.5/9) delivered its lowest rated Fall Tuesday premiere ever, dropping -15% from its night one performance on Monday (4.1/10) and -26% from its Fall 2008 Tuesday premiere on the same night last year (4.7/12). At 10p, new drama the forgotten posted a 2.5/7, down -29% from its DWTS lead-in, but above last season’s time period premieres of Eli Stone (2.2/6 on 10/14/08) and Cupid (2.3/6 on 3/31/09).

For NBC, The Biggest Loser was down about 20% in its adults 18-49 rating from its competition-light premiere last week (3.1 vs. 3.85). The Jay Leno Show’s 18-49 rating of 2.4 was down from last Tuesday’s of 3.3, but up from Monday’s (9/21) 1.8 rating. It only lost to the premiere of the forgotten by 0.1 18-49 ratings point, Jay may have found his first night where he won’t end up finishing third!

The CW 90210 held up, it was flat in adults 18-34 from last week (1.5 rating), and down just a tick (0.1) in women 18-34, and adults 18-49. Melrose Place continued to sink, down 20% in women 18-34 (1.4 vs. 1.75), and 15% in adults 18-49 (0.8 vs 0.95), but effectively flat in adults 18-34 (1.1 vs. 1.15).

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 CBS NCIS (premiere) 4.4 13 19,327
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.2 9 6,611
ABC Dancing With the Stars 2.9 9 13,526
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.7 8 6,765
CW 90210 1.0 3 2,165
8:30 CBS NCIS (premiere) 4.8 13 20,669
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.4 9 14,749
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.2 9 6,692
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.0 8 7,111
CW 90210 1.2 3 2,172
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (series premiere) 4.4 11 18,923
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.8 10 16,160
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.4 9 6,915
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.2 8 7,633
CW Melrose Place 0.8 2 1,505
9:30 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (series premiere) 4.3 11 17,721
ABC Dancing With the Stars 3.9 10 16,285
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.5 9 8,416
FOX Hell’s Kitchen 3.5 9 7,002
CW Melrose Place 0.8 2 1,397
10:00 CBS The Good Wife (series premiere) 3.2 9 14,134
ABC the forgotten (series premiere) 2.7 7 10,144
NBC The Jay Leno Show 2.6 7 7,197
10:30 CBS The Good Wife (series premiere) 3.0 9 13,306
ABC the forgotten (series premiere) 2.4 7 8,907
NBC The Jay Leno Show 2.3 6 6,334

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