Hit CBS Drama Series Surges, Helps Push Eye Network to Dominating Ratings Win

Jan 16, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A hit CBS drama series saw its ratings continue to soar Tuesday night, helping the network rack up a dominating win for prime time, based on Nielsen overnights.

With “NCIS” leading the way, CBS averaged a 3.8 rating for prime time overall in the key demo of viewers 18-49, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. That was well ahead of the generally low results for the other major broadcast networks: a 1.7 average for Univision, a 1.7 for NBC, a 1.5 for Fox and a 1.2 for ABC.

CBS’s dominance even more evident in total viewers, where CBS averaged 17.0 million to 4.8 million for NBC, 4.1 million for Univision, 3.7 million for ABC and 3.1 million for Fox.

“NCIS” was the top show of the night, with its 3.8 average rating in the 18-49 demo improving three-tenths from its 3.5 a week earlier. “NCIS: Los Angeles” was next with a 2.7, even though it slipped three-tenths from last week’s 3.0. “NCIS” piled up an average of 22.3 million viewers, while “NCIS: Los Angeles” drew 17.5 million.

CBS fell off quite a bit at 10 p.m., where “Vegas” delivered a 1.6 in viewers 18-49, equaling last week’s number.

NBC was paced by a 1.9 average rating in 18-49 for “Parenthood,” which won the 10 p.m. hour. Two installments of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” settled for a 1.4 (at 8 p.m.) and a 1.8 (at 8:30), while “Go On” rose two-tenths to a 1.7 and “The New Normal” held steady with a 1.3.

Fox was mostly down slightly, with “Raising Hope” dipping one-tenth to a 1.6 in the 18-49 demo, “Ben and Kate” down one-tenth to a 1.1 and “New Girl” off one-tenth to a 1.9. “The Mindy Project” equaled last week’s number, a 1.5.

ABC aired repeats in the 8 p.m. hour, then saw a fresh episode of “Happy Endings” dip one-tenth to a 1.3 in 18-49, “Don’t Trust the B” hold steady with a 1.1 and “Private Practice” edge up one-tenth to a 1.2. 

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