Britney Episode Lifts Fox’s ‘Glee’ to Series-High Ratings; ABC Finally Has a Hot New Show

Sep 29, 2010  •  Post A Comment

ABC had its best ratings of the young season for a new show on Tuesday night despite going up against a Britney Spears-fueled episode of Fox’s “Glee,” TVbytheNumbers reports.

ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” had 10.5 million total viewers and a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo in the 8 p.m. hour to become the network’s first new show of the season not in ratings trouble. “Glee,” meanwhile, had 13.3 million viewers and a 5.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, airing its eagerly anticipated Britney Spears episode in the time slot and finishing as the top-rated show of the night in the 18-49 demo. CBS’s “NCIS” also aired in the hotly contested 8 p.m. hour, attracting the night’s best numbers in total viewers with 18.7 million but settling for a 4.0 rating in 18-49.

The first hour of NBC’s "The Biggest Loser" averaged 2.4 in the 18-49 demographic at 8 p.m., while CW’s "One Tree Hill" netted a 0.9 for the hour in the same demo.

At 9 p.m. CBS’s "NCIS: LA" logged a 3.7 average rating in the 18-49 demo for the hour, tied with the results show of ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars." Hour two of "The Biggest Loser" climbed to a 2.95 average rating in the 18-49 demo, while Fox’s new sitcoms "Raising Hope" and "Running Wilde" scored a 3.2 rating and a 2.1, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic. CW’s "Life Unexpected" managed a 0.75 average for the hour in the same demo.

The premiere of CBS’s "The Good Wife" at 10 p.m. was the top drawer with a 2.5 in the 18-49 demo for the hour. ABC’s "Detroit 1-8-7" had a 2.2 average in the same demo, and NBC’s "Parenthood" trailed with an average of 1.95 in the 18-49 demo for the hour.


  1. It was good to see her perform and her energy was great.

  2. Also, it was good to see her happy. She has gone through so much criticism about her, her family habits and other things over the years that this show and her Circus tour, justifies that Disney can still find and invest in talent more than any other company.
    She is no fluke.

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