With Fox mostly in repeats, CBS coasted to victory with both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

NCIS was flat versus its last original with a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating and NCIS: LA was flat as well, but with a season low tying  3.2 adults 18-49 rating. For the 9p hour “LA” came in second behind the 9p hour of The Biggest Loser (3.3 adults 18-49 rating from 9-10p). The Good Wife was down 5% from its last original to a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, but still racked up a demo win for the 10pm hour.

NBC was second for the night with The Biggest Loser averaging a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating between 8-10p, up 11% from last week and marking a six week high. At 10pm, Parenthood was a repeat.

ABC’s No Ordinary Family was up 25% from its last Tuesday original on March 1 to a 1.5 rating (on March 1 it went against a special Tuesday edition of American Idol). And ABC did better from 9-11p with the “Greatest Movies of Our Time” special than with V and Detroit 1-8-7.  The special averaged a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating between 9-11p, though V fans will note that from 9-10p its 1.6 rating was worse than V’s 1.9 in its season finale last week.

Only Traffic Light was new on Fox and without any original lead-in dipped to lows with a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, March 22, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.8/12 19.11
NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 2.7/8 7.61
FOX Glee (R) 1.9/6 5.25
ABC No Ordinary Family 1.5/5 5.30
CW One Tree Hill (R) 0.3/1 0.82
9:00 NBC Biggest Loser: Couples 3.3/9 8.77
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.2/9 16.46
ABC Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time 1.6/5 6.76
FOX Raising Hope (R) 1.5/4 4.20
CW Hellcats (R) 0.3/1 0.72
9:30 FOX Traffic Light 1.1/3 2.80
10:00 CBS The Good Wife 2.1/6 11.62
ABC Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time 1.9/5 7.44
NBC Parenthood (R) 1.1/3 3.07

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,” 2.5/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 3.0/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; 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,” 0.7/3; “Nightline,” 1.1/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

• At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.4/3 with an encore).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 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 Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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