Key shows on all four of the major broadcast networks shared a dubious distinction Tuesday night, according to the Nielsen overnight ratings. Fox’s "Glee," CBS’s "NCIS," NBC’s "Fashion Star" and ABC’s "Private Practice" all sank to series lows or season lows in the key 18-49 demo, according to TVbytheNumbers.com.
"Glee" dipped a troubling three-tenths of a ratings point from a week ago to a 2.4 average in 18-49, an all-time low for the series. "NCIS" was down one-tenth to a season-low 3.0 in the same demo. "Fashion Star," which was already getting modest numbers, plummeted three-tenths to a 1.5, equaling its series low.
At ABC, much of the Tuesday lineup hit lows, including “Private Practice,” off four-tenths from its previous original to a series-low 1.7 average in 18-49; “Last Man Standing,” down two-tenths from last week to a series-low 1.6; and “Cougar Town,” matching its series low with a 1.4, down a tenth of a point.
ABC’s lone exception to the downtrend was the “Dancing with the Stars” results show, which ticked up a tenth from last week’s results show series low, scoring a 2.4 average rating.
Other positives included the season finale of Fox’s “Raising Hope,” which climbed a tenth of a point from last week to a 1.9 in adults 18-49; and NBC’s “Biggest Loser,” up a tenth to a 2.2.
The top show of the night in the 18-49 demo was NBC’s “The Voice,” but it was down too — off two-tenths to a 3.3.
When the dust settled, Fox and NBC were tied for No. 1 for prime time overall with 2.3 average ratings in 18-49, followed by CBS with a 2.2 and ABC with a 1.9. CBS reigned supreme in total viewers with 12.4 million, ahead of ABC (8.7 million), NBC (6.7 million) and Fox (5.4 million).