TV ratings: 'V' starts strong Tuesday

elizabethmitchell_V2010_290.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

The premiere of "V" on ABC Tuesday drew very solid ratings, taking a bite out of Tuesday juggernaut "NCIS'" usual numbers and beating the CBS show in the adults 18-49 demographic.

That said, "NCIS" still led "V" head-to-head in viewers, and CBS' greater depth won the night with 15.55 million viewers and a 9.8 rating/16 share in households. ABC came in second with just over 12 million viewers and a 7.6/12. NBC (8 million, 5.0/8) took third, ahead of FOX (6.1 million, 3.8/6). The CW scored 1.8 million viewers and a 1.3/2.

CBS led the adults 18-49 demo as well with a 3.4 rating, just beating ABC's 3.3. NBC was not far behind at 3.0. FOX averaged 2.4 in the demo and The CW 0.9.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" (19.4 million viewers, 11.7/18 households)
ABC: "V" series premiere (13.9 million, 8.5/13)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (8.5 million, 5.3/8)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.4 million, 4.0/6)
The CW: "90210" (2.1 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: "V" (5.0)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS: Los Angeles" (15 million, 9.5/15)
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" (14.5 million, 9.3/14)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (9.5 million, 5.8/9)
FOX: "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.8 million, 3.6/5)
The CW: "Melrose Place" (1.5 million, 1.1/2)

18-49 leader:
"The Biggest Loser" (3.8)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Good Wife" (12.2 million, 8.3/14)
ABC: "The Forgotten" (7.6 million, 4.9/9)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (5.9 million, 3.9/7)

18-49 leader: "The Good Wife" (2.7)

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


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