CBS Wins Close Tuesday Ratings Race as Nets Roll Out the Holiday Specials

Dec 1, 2010  •  Post A Comment

CBS won a close ratings battle with Fox Tuesday night, using a combination of programming that ran the gamut from the holiday special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to a “Victoria’s Secret” fashion special, with a repeat of “NCIS” in between them, to eke out the top spot in the 18-49 demo, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.

CBS finished the night with a 3.4 rating in 18-49, followed by Fox (3.3), NBC (2.6) and ABC (1.9.)

The margin was more comfortable in total viewers, where CBS won the night with an average of 12.0 million to NBC’s 9.3 million, Fox’s 8.4 million and ABC’s 6.9 million.

At 8 p.m. Fox’s "Glee" averaged a 4.55 in the 18-49 demographic to wind up as the evening’s top-rated show. CBS’s annual broadcast of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" scored a 3.85 in the same demo for the hour. ABC countered with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Shrek the Halls," which had a 2.1 rating and a 2.4, respectively, in the 18-49 demo. NBC’s "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" had a mean score of 1.9 and CW’s "One Tree Hill" a 0.9 for the hour, both in the same 18-49 demo.

At 9 p.m. CBS’s repeat of “NCIS” was the top show, with a 3.05 average rating in 18-49. NBC’s "The Biggest Loser" had a 2.9 in the 18-49 demographic for the hour, just ahead of Fox’s "Raising Hope" with a 2.7 in that demo for the first half-hour, while Fox’s "Running Wilde" trailed with a 1.4 in the second half-hour. ABC’s "No Ordinary Family" averaged a 1.85 in the 18-49 demo for the hour, and CW’s "Life Unexpected" averaged a 0.75 in the 18-49 demo.

CBS scored again at 10 p.m. with "Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," which had a 3.4 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour, ahead of the second hour of "The Biggest Loser" with a 2.95 average in the same demo and ABC’s "Detroit 1-8-7" with a 1.65 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

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