TV ratings: 'Splash' has a decent start Tuesday, 'NCIS: LA' spinoff strong

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splash-premiere-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The premiere of ABC's celebrity diving show "Splash" didn't score perfect marks in the ratings Tuesday, but it had a pretty decent start.

It finished second in its hour (behind "NCIS") in both viewers and adults 18-49, and ABC says it scored the best ratings for an unscripted series premiere since "The X Factor" in 2011. "Splash" and a "Dancing With the Stars" special also helped "Body of Proof" score its biggest audience of the season.

Elsewhere, "NCIS: Los Angeles" was steady with an episode that introduced a possible spinoff series, rising a little in viewers over its last new episode and holding even in the 18-49 demo. "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were steady for FOX.

CBS had its usual wide lead in total viewers averaging just under 15 million and a 9.5 rating/15 share in households in primetime. ABC (8.9 million, 5.7/9) was the best of the rest. FOX (4.3 million, 2.7/4) came in third, beating out NBC (2.9 million, 2.0/3). The CW trailed with 800,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.

CBS also led the 18-49 demographic with a 2.6 rating. ABC and FOX tied for second at 2.0. Neither NBC (0.9) nor The CW (0.3) could crack the 1.0 barrier.

Photo/Video credit: ABC