TV ratings: 'NCIS' beats 'American Idol' in adults 18-49 Tuesday

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ncis-march-4-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"NCIS" topped "American Idol" among adults 18-49 in their common hour Tuesday night, the first time that's ever happened. (The two shows aired opposite each other for several years before "Idol" moved to a Wednesday-Thursday schedule.)

It was close -- only a tenth of a point separates the two shows at the moment -- and "Idol" typically is lower than average when it airs off schedule, but it's still a bit of a surprise.

Also Tuesday, "Golden Boy" was down from its premiere last week, and "Smash" fell to a series low for NBC. "Idol" also took a bite out of ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "The Taste," although "Body of Proof" was up a little in viewers. "Hart of Dixie" matched its season high in The CW's target 18-34 demographic.

CBS led the night in viewers, averaging 15.2 million and a 9.5 rating/15 share in households. FOX (11.5 million, 6.9/10) came in second. There was a big drop to third-place ABC (4.6 million, 3.1/5). NBC (3 million, 2.0/3) was fourth, and The CW (1.1 million, 0.7/1) trailed.

FOX and "Idol" won the 18-49 demographic with a 3.4 rating, beating CBS' 2.6. ABC took third with a 1.3, followed by NBC, 0.9, and The CW, 0.4.

Photo/Video credit: CBS