TV ratings: 'NCIS,' 'Glee' premieres top Tuesday; new shows underwhelm

lea-michele-what-i-did-for-love-glee.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

"NCIS" and "Glee" began their seasons at the top of the ratings chart Tuesday, with CBS' veteran drama grabbing the biggest total audience and FOX's musical grabbing the demographic crown. None of the night's three new shows, though, did anything spectacular.

CBS finished the night on top overall with 16.1 million viewers and a 9.9 rating/16 share in households. ABC (13.35 million, 8.6/14) came in second thanks to a strong "Dancing With the Stars" results show. FOX (9.5 million, 5.4/9) took third, a good bit ahead of NBC, which drew 6.7 million viewers and a 4.1/7. The CW (1.7 million, 1.1/2) was well off the pace.

Thanks to "Glee," FOX led the adults 18-49 demo with a 4.1 rating, topping the 3.4 for CBS. ABC finished third with a 3.1. NBC's 2.7 took fourth, while The CW drew only a 0.8.

Tuesday's hourly results:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" season premiere (18.9 million viewers, 11.5/18 households)
FOX: "Glee" season premiere (12.3 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: "Dancing With the Stars" recap special (12 million, 7.8/12)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" season premiere (6.6 million, 3.9/6)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" (1.9 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "Glee" (5.5)

9 p.m.

ABC:
"Dancing With the Stars" results (18.3 million, 11.5/18)
CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" season premiere (15.7 million, 9.6/15)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" season premiere (7.7 million, 4.4/7)
FOX: "Raising Hope" series premiere (7.5 million, 4.5/7)/"Running Wilde" series premiere (5.9 million, 3.4/5)
The CW: "Life Unexpected" (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "Dancing With the Stars" (4.3)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS: Los Angeles" season premiere (13.6 million, 8.5/14)
ABC: "Detroit 1-8-7" series premiere (9.75 million, 6.5/11)
NBC: "Parenthood" (5.9 million, 3.8/6)

18-49 leader: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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