TV ratings: 'NCIS,' CBS blow away Tuesday competition

mark-harmon-ncis-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

CBS got one more night of its regular Tuesday lineup on the air, and the result was one of the network's biggest ratings wins of the season.

"NCIS" et al brought 17.3 million viewers and a 10.8 rating/18 share in households to CBS for the night, beating its closest competitor by more than 10 million viewers (yep, 10 million). NBC (6.4 million, 3.9/6) was the best of the also-rans, beating out FOX (5.2 million, 3.2/5). ABC came in fourth with 4.5 million viewers and a 2.8/5, and The CW (1.4 million, 1.0/2) trailed with a night of reruns.

CBS also led among adults 18-49, but not by nearly as wide a margin. It scored a 3.6 rating in the demographic to beat NBC's 2.3. FOX took third at 2.0, followed by ABC, 1.6, and The CW, 0.6.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" (20.5 million viewers, 12.6/20 households)
ABC: Special - "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.6 million, 3.8/6)
NBC: "The Sing-Off" (6.5 million, 3.9/6)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.3 million, 3.8/6)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.4 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader:
"NCIS" (4.3)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS: Los Angeles" (17.4 million, 10.8/17)
NBC: "The Sing-Off" (7.4 million, 4.4/7)
FOX: Special - "Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live" (4 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: "Scrubs" (4.3 million, 2.7/4)/"Better Off Ted" (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" rerun (1.4 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.6)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Good Wife" (14.1 million, 9.1/16)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (5.2 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: "The Forgotten" rerun (3.3 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader:
"The Good Wife" (2.8)

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

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Photo credit: CBS