With ABC, CBS and NBC all new on Tuesday night it was CBS on top of the adults 18-49 ratings and total viewership races on Tuesday night.

CBS was up across the board vs. their last original episodes in mid-December, NCIS had a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 17%. NCIS:LA rose 17% to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable’s 2.5 adults 18-49 rating was up 14%.

On ABC, the series premiere of Work It drew a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 17% vs. the 2.4 adults 18-49 rating for the premiere of the now canceled Man Up!. Last Man Standing had a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating  up 9% vs. its last original episode. Moving to its regular timeslot, Celebrity Wife Swap had a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 8% vs. its “preview” on Monday night. Not making a very good case against cancellation, Body of Proof drew just a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, even with its series low rating set in its last early December original episode.

The season premiere of NBC’s The Biggest Loser drew a Spring premiere low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating down 30% vs. a 3.3 rating for its January, 2011 premiere. At 10pm, Parenthood returned with a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down 19% vs. a 2.1 rating for its last new episode in early December.

Fox and the CW were all in repeats on the night.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, January 3, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 4.2 11 20.015
ABC Last Man Standing 2.4 6 7.872
NBC The Biggest Loser (season premiere) 2.3 6 6.460
FOX Glee -R 0.9 2 2.494
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.4 1 0.998
8:30PM ABC Work It (series premiere) 2.0 5 6.144
9:00PM CBS NCIS: Los Angeles 3.5 8 17.068
ABC Celebrity Wife Swap 2.2 5 6.001
FOX New Girl -R 1.3 3 3.061
CW The Secret Circle -R 0.3 1 0.715
9:30PM FOX Raising Hope -R 0.9 2 2.262
10:00PM CBS Unforgettable 2.5 6 11.624
NBC Parenthood 1.7 4 4.949
ABC Body Of Proof 1.5 4 6.974

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,” 2.6/6; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.9/6; 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,” 1.0/4; “Late Show,” 0.8/3; “Nightline,” 0.8/3; 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” (1.3/4). 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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