TV ratings: 'NCIS' stays on top Tuesday as 'The Mindy Project' and new shows dip

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ncis-la-recruit-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

CBS stayed on top of the ratings Tuesday night as "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" turned in strong performances. New series "Vegas" fell some from its premiere but remained in the lead at 10 o'clock as well.

NBC's comedies "Go On" and "The New Normal" both dropped without "The Voice" -- which aired a recap episode -- providing as strong a lead-in as usual. At FOX, "New Girl" was even with its premiere last week, but new comedies "Ben and Kate" and "The Mindy Project" both fell and "Raising Hope" premiered to pretty modest numbers.

The CW's first premiere of the season, "Hart of Dixie," opened slightly below its series premiere last year in viewers but matched its debut numbers with the network's target audience of adults 18-34.

CBS dominated the total-viewer race Tuesday, averaging 15.15 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/15 share in households. ABC (8.7 million, 6.0/9) was the best of the rest, leading NBC (6 million, 3.9/6) by 2.7 million people. FOX (4 million, 2.4/4) came in fourth. The CW averaged 1.1 million viewers and a 0.7/1.

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.9 rating, although the margin wasn't as big. NBC took second in the demo with a 2.2, topping FOX's 2.0. ABC posted a 1.7 and The CW a 0.5.

Photo/Video credit: CBS