TV ratings: Leno drops but 'Biggest Loser' solid Tuesday

allisonsweeney_thebiggestloser_s8_290.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

"The Biggest Loser" began its eighth cycle Tuesday with fairly good ratings, but the curiosity factor for "The Jay Leno Show" -- and consequently its audience -- dropped off by quite a bit.

NBC still won the night with about 10.2 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/11 share in households. CBS (9.3 million, 5.8/10) was close behind in second. ABC (4.7 million, 3.2/5) came in third, a little ahead of FOX (4.3 million, 2.7/4). The CW's lineup fell a little from last week, finishing with 2.1 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

NBC also led among adults 18-49 with a 3.7 rating. CBS snagged second in the advertisers' favorite demographic with a 2.7. FOX, 1.7, finished third, followed by ABC, 1.5, and The CW, 1.1.

The hourly breakdown:

8 p.m.

"NCIS" rerun (12 million viewers, 7.7/13 households)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" season premiere (9.3 million, 6.0/10)
FOX: "More to Love" finale (3.8 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (3.6 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "90210" (2.4 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: "The Biggest Loser" (3.5)

9 p.m.

"The Biggest Loser" premiere (10.4 million, 6.5/10)
CBS: "Big Brother 11" finale (7.9 million, 4.9/8)
FOX: "More to Love" finale (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
ABC: "Shaq Vs." (4.3 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: "Melrose Place" (1.8 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: "The Biggest Loser" (4.1)

10 p.m.

"The Jay Leno Show" (10.7 million, 6.9/12)
CBS: "Big Brother 11" finale (7.9 million, 4.8/8)
ABC: "Barbara Walters Special - Patrick Swayze: Last Dance" (6.1 million, 4.3/7)

18-49 leader: "The Jay Leno Show" (3.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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