TV ratings: CBS leads Tuesday, 10 p.m. 'Loser' outdraws Leno

allisonsweeney_thebiggestloser_s8_290.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009

The big four broadcast networks had their schedules disrupted by President Obama's address on Afghanistan Tuesday, but when things settled down CBS ended up with the most viewers for the night.

Also of note: "The Biggest Loser," bumped back an hour because of the speech, substantially (and unsurprisingly) outperformed "The Jay Leno Show's" average at 10 p.m., while the revamped "Scrubs" fell off significantly from its ABC debut last season.

For the night, CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers and a 6.9 rating/11 share in households. NBC (9.3 million, 5.9/9) finished second. ABC (5.49 million, 3.5/6) beat FOX (5.46 million, 3.4/5) for third place by the slimmest of margins. The CW trailed with 1.8 million viewers and a 1.3/2.

NBC led the adults 18-49 race with a 3.2, beating CBS' 2.4. FOX took third with a 2.1, followed by ABC, 1.6, and The CW, 0.9.

Tuesday hour by hour. Ratings for 8 p.m. on the big four are likely to change because of the live news coverage.

8 p.m.

CBS:
Presidential address (10.5 million viewers, 6.8/11 households)
NBC: Presidential address/"The Biggest Loser" rerun (8.1 million, 5.2/8)
ABC: Presidential address/"Modern Family" rerun (6.5 million, 4.1/6)
FOX: Presidential address/"So You Think You Can Dance" (5.1 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: "90210" (2.2 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: NBC (2.1)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" rerun (13.2 million, 8.7/13)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (9.7 million, 6.0/9)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.8 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: "Scrubs" season premiere - two episodes (4.5 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "Melrose Place" (1.4 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader:
"The Biggest Loser" (3.6)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"The Biggest Loser" (10.2 million, 6.5/11)
CBS: Special - "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (8 million, 5.2/9)
ABC: "The Forgotten" (5.5 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: "The Biggest Loser" (3.9)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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Photo credit: NBC