Tuesday ratings breakdown: Returning shows rule

ncis-borderland-320.jpgThe old-timers pushed the new kids around in Tuesday night's ratings.

None of the three new shows that debuted Tuesday (Sept. 21) made much noise in the ratings. ABC's cop show "Detroit 1-8-7" scored the biggest total audience with 9.3 million viewers (down a bit from the fast nationals), while FOX's comedy "Raising Hope" had the highest mark of the newcomers in adults 18-49 (3.1).

Neither of those was close to the top of the heap Tuesday, though. "NCIS" didn't open as big as it did last year -- when its premiere scored 20 million viewers -- but the show was still the most-watched of the night with 19.4 million people tuning in (it scored a 4.0 in the 18-49 demo, down from 4.6 last year). A two-hour "NCIS: Los Angeles" premiere averaged 14.7 million viewers and a 3.2 in adults 18-49, down significantly from the one-hour series premiere in 2009 (18.3 million and 4.4 in the demo).

On the upside for CBS, both shows improved on their season finales in May.

The "Dancing With the Stars" results show also opened big, with 18.5 million viewers and a 4.4 demo rating. ABC says it's the best premiere ever for the results show -- though those numbers are only for the 9 o'clock hour; the "DWTS" material you saw between 8 and 9 p.m. ET was a "recap special."

"Glee," meanwhile, grabbed its biggest audience ever (12.45 million viewers, 5.6 among adults 18-49) without an "American Idol" lead-in. The show led the night among adults 18-49 by a wide margin and put up its second-highest rating ever in the demographic. Among adults 18-34, it was "Glee's" best performance ever.

Other notes from Tuesday night:

- NBC took a bit of a hit. The season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" (7.2 million viewers, 2.9 in adults 18-49) was down from last season's debut (which came a week before the full rush of premieres), while "Parenthood" (5.85 million, 2.5) dipped some from its debut last week.

- Full numbers for the new shows: "Detroit 1-8-7" had 9.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49; "Raising Hope," 7.3 million and 3.1; and fellow FOX comedy "Running Wilde," 5.6 million and 2.4.

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