The Visitors of V found as many 18-49 viewers on their return as they had when the last left us last May, while Biggest Loser premiered down sharply from last January’s debut.

On ABC, V’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating was the same as its season finale episode on 5/18/10, but down 60% from its series debut on 11/3/09. That doesn’t bode well for The Visitors continuing stay on television. (although that turned out to be better than our reader poll anticipated) Earlier, No Ordinary Family’s 1.9 rating was even with its last original episode on 12/7/10. That’s not going to save the show. Detroit 1-8-7 drew a series low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating on its way to the television boneyard.

The premiere of CBS’s Live To Dance with Paula Abdul scored a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, that’s about what new episodes of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried were doing last season before they faced American Idol.

Biggest Loser: Couples scored a lowest ever for a spring premiere 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 28% from its Jan 2010 premiere 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. Parenthood’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating was up 21% vs. its last new episode in late November.

Fox’s Million Dollar Money Drop also looks to have overstayed its very short welcome, dropping 24% vs its last 9pm telecast to just a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, January 4, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 NBC THE BIGGEST LOSER:  COUPL 2.8 8 8.152
CBS LIVE TO DANCE 2.5 7 10.554
FOX GLEE  – R 1.8 5 4.843
CW ONE TREE HILL – R 0.4 1 1.114
8:30 NBC THE BIGGEST LOSER:  COUPL 3.1 8 8.377
CBS LIVE TO DANCE 2.4 6 10.080
FOX GLEE  – R 1.6 4 4.600
CW ONE TREE HILL – R 0.3 1 0.933
9:00 NBC THE BIGGEST LOSER:  COUPL 3.6 9 9.391
CBS LIVE TO DANCE 2.3 6 10.013
ABC V 2.1 5 6.576
CW LIFE UNEXPECTED – R 0.3 1 0.859
9:30 NBC THE BIGGEST LOSER:  COUPL 3.5 9 9.032
CBS LIVE TO DANCE 2.5 6 10.256
ABC V 2.1 5 6.576
CW LIFE UNEXPECTED – R 0.3 1 0.794
10:00 NBC PARENTHOOD 2.4 6 6.215
CBS NCIS – R 1.8 5 10.149
ABC DETROIT 1-8-7 1.3 3 5.258
10:30 NBC PARENTHOOD 2.2 6 5.845
CBS NCIS – R 1.7 5 10.318
ABC DETROIT 1-8-7 1.2 3 5.060

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,” 2.7/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.9/7; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 3.1/7; 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,” 0.9/4; “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) trailed CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.5/5). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.5/3).

At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 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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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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