ABC Series Going Out With a Whimper; NBC and CBS in Hard Fight for Tuesday Ratings TVbytheNumbers

On a night when NBC and CBS went at it tooth and nail for ratings supremacy, an ABC series that is playing out the string sank to an all-time low Tuesday, based on Nielsen overnights. reports that NBC eked out a narrow win over CBS in the key demo of viewers 18-49 for prime time as a whole, while CBS more than doubled its closest competition in total viewers. Meanwhile, the ABC drama “Private Practice” -- which got notice a few weeks ago that it wasn’t being picked up for a back nine episodes -- sank to a series-low 1.1 average rating in the 18-49 demo, plummeting 21% from the 1.4 it delivered Oct. 23 for its previous original episode.

Paced by a 3.8 average for “The Voice” in 18-49 -- down substantially from the 4.6 delivered by the most recent Tuesday episode but 27% better than last Thursday’s out-of-pattern results show -- NBC won prime time with a 2.6, just ahead of CBS’s 2.5 and well ahead of Fox (1.7 average), Univision (1.6) and ABC (1.4). CBS had a landslide win, however, in total viewers, averaging 14.3 million to 7.1 million for NBC, 6.5 million for ABC, 4.0 million for Univision and 3.5 million for Fox.

NBC also had a 2.3 in the 18-49 demo for “Go On” -- down 4% from its most recent original -- a 1.8 for “Parenthood” -- down 5% -- and a 1.8 for “The New Normal” -- up 6%.

CBS was mostly down, with “NCIS” settling for a 3.0 in adults 18-49 -- down from a 3.4 for its previous original -- and “Vegas” dipping to a 1.6 -- down from a 1.7 -- while “NCIS: Los Angeles” held steady with a 2.8, tying its season low.

Fox got good news from “The Mindy Project,” which rose 13% to a 1.7 in 18-49, but the rest of the lineup was down: “Raising Hope” fell 6% to a 1.6; “Ben and Kate” was off 21% to a 1.1; and “New Girl” dipped 4% to a 2.2.

ABC had mixed results, with “Don’t Trust the B----“ slipping 8% to a 1.1 in viewers 18-49 while “Dancing with the Stars” rose 6% to a 1.9 and “Happy Endings” held even with a 1.4.