A new ABC series bowed to disappointing ratings Tuesday night as CBS parlayed a milestone episode of “NCIS” into a big win for the night in total viewers, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.
CBS averaged 16.2 million viewers for prime time, more than twice as many as its closest rival. Trailing were ABC (7.6 million), Fox (6.8 million) and NBC (5.8 million).
The battle for the key 18-49 demo was much tighter, with CBS averaging a 3.1 rating to take a narrow win over Fox’s 3.0. Also in the hunt were ABC with a 2.4 and NBC with a 2.0.
ABC rolled out two hours of its new series “The River,” which dropped off steadily with each half-hour. The show opened with a modest 2.5 average rating in viewers 18-49 at 9 p.m., falling to a 2.4 at 9:30, a 2.3 at 10 p.m. and a 2.2 at 10:30.
CBS’s “NCIS” celebrated its 200th episode by claiming the title of top show of the night, scoring a 4.1 average rating in 18-49 along with a hefty 20.8 million total viewers.
Fox’s “The New Girl” continued to show strength, matching last week’s 3.5 rating in 18-49, while “Glee” dipped a half-point to a 3.2.
NBC’s “Biggest Loser” rose 5% to a 2.2 in adults 18-49.