TV ratings: 'NCIS' tops 'Glee' in 18-49 as CBS dominates Tuesday

ncis-cote-de-pablo-michael-weatherly-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

"NCIS" was, as usual, Tuesday's most-watched show, but it also did something it's rarely done this season: beat "Glee" head-to-head among adults 18-49.

That performance was part of an across-the-board victory for CBS in primetime Tuesday, where it averaged 17.1 million viewers and a 10.3 rating/17 share in households (those numbers may change a bit due to pre-emptions in Chicago). No other network was really close: FOX came in second with 7.8 million viewers and a 4.7/7, followed by NBC at 6.8 million and 4.3/7. ABC (4.7 million, 2.8/5) was off a bit from last week, while The CW (1.8 million, 1.1/2) improved a little.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 3.4 rating was enough to beat FOX's 3.2 for first place. NBC posted a 2.5 for third. ABC averaged 1.5 and The CW 0.8.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" (21.3 million viewers, 12.3/19 households)
FOX: "Glee" (10.5 million, 6.3/10)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (6.6 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: "No Ordinary Family" (4.8 million, 2.9/5)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" (2 million, 1.2/2)

18-49 leader: "NCIS" (4.4)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS: Los Angeles" (18.6 million, 11.1/17)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (8.4 million, 5.1/8)
FOX: "Raising Hope" (6.2 million, 3.7/6)/"Traffic Light" (4.1 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: "V" (5.1 million, 3.0/5)
The CW: "Hellcats" (1.65 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.9)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Good Wife" (11.5 million, 7.4/13)
NBC: "Parenthood" (5.5 million, 3.6/6)
ABC: "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.2 million, 2.6/4)

18-49 leader: "Parenthood" (2.1)

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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