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CBS won the night in both adults 18-49 and total viewers and the return of its originals seemed to hurt Fox’s comedy lineup. But although it was the night’s highest-rated and most-watched show, NCIS saw a season low 3.3 adults 18-49 rating in its first outing since Daylight Saving Time.  NCIS: Los Angeles was down three tenths to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable was up two tenths from its last original to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox’s entire sitcom lineup saw season lows including New Girl with a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.  Earlier in the night Raising Hope was down two tenths to a season low 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.  I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Breaking In also slumped two tenths vs. last week to season low 1.2 and 1.3 adults 18-49 ratings respectively.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser rose 5% versus last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p. A one-hour Fashion Star at 10pm perked up 13% versus last week’s ninety minute premiere to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC’s Cougar Town perked up two tenths versus last week to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, but Last Man Standing fell to a series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. In its finale, The River was up a tenth from last week to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The CW’s 90210 and Ringer were each up a tenth with adults 18-49 vs. last week to 0.7 and 0.5 adults 18-49 ratings respectively.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, March 20, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.3/10 18.61
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.0/6 6.12
ABC Last Man Standing 1.9/6 7.04
FOX Raising Hope 1.6/5 3.76
CW 90210 0.7/2 1.27
8:30 ABC Cougar Town 1.6/5 4.61
FOX I Hate My Teenage Daughter 1.2/4 2.98
9:00 CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 2.8/7 16.06
FOX The New Girl 2.6/7 5.12
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.4/6 6.98
ABC The River 1.4/4 3.98
CW Ringer 0.5/1 1.16
9:30 FOX Breaking In 1.3/3 2.96
10:00 CBS Unforgettable 2.1/6 11.32
NBC Fashion Star 1.8/5 4.86
ABC Body of Proof (R) 0.9/3 4.65

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,” 2.8/7; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.6/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/4.

*             In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.6/3; “Nightline,” 1.0/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

*             At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.5/5 in metered-market household) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-4) topped “Late Late Show” (0.3/2).

*             At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 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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