FOX won the night with adults 18-49 as a two-hour Tuesday edition of The X Factor garnered a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS was second for the night with adults 18-49. NCIS was down two tenths from last week to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating (though it led the hour in head-to-head competition with The X Factor). NCIS: LA was steady week over week with a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating.  Unforgettable rose two tenths to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC’s Last Man Standing slipped 17% from last week’s premiere to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating and Man Up! premiered to a very modest 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. At 9pm Dancing with the Stars results fell a hard 21% to a series-low for a regular fall telecast 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.  Body of Proof rose a tenth to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, against the special The X Factor, The Biggest Loser dropped, but only a tenth to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood inched down a tenth to a season-low tying 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, 90210 dropped a tenth with adults 18-49, but Ringer was up a tenth from last week to a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, October 18, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS 3.8/10 19.01
FOX The X Factor 3.5/10 9.94
ABC Last Man Standing 3.0/9 10.20
NBC The Biggest Loser 1.8/5 5.04
CW 90210 0.7/2 1.44
8:30 ABC Man Up! (Series Premiere) 2.4/6 7.80
9:00 FOX The X Factor 4.0/10 10.35
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.3/8 15.33
ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 2.6/6 13.55
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.0/5 5.25
CW Ringer 0.8/2 1.79
10:00 CBS Unforgettable 2.5/6 11.87
NBC Parenthood 2.0/5 4.97
ABC Body of Proof 1.9/5 9.50

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 with an encore telecast; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.5/6 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.4/8; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.8/4 with an encore; “Nightline,” 1.1/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/5 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) tied “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

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

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