allisonsweeney thebiggestloser s8 290 TV ratings: Leno drops but 'Biggest Loser' solid TuesdayFast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

“The Biggest Loser” began its eighth cycle Tuesday with fairly good ratings, but the curiosity factor for “The Jay Leno Show” — and consequently its audience — dropped off by quite a bit.

NBC still won the night with about 10.2 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/11 share in households. CBS (9.3 million, 5.8/10) was close behind in second. ABC (4.7 million, 3.2/5) came in third, a little ahead of FOX (4.3 million, 2.7/4). The CW’s lineup fell a little from last week, finishing with 2.1 million viewers and a 1.5/2.

NBC also led among adults 18-49 with a 3.7 rating. CBS snagged second in the advertisers’ favorite demographic with a 2.7. FOX, 1.7, finished third, followed by ABC, 1.5, and The CW, 1.1.

The hourly breakdown:

8 p.m.

CBS: “NCIS” rerun (12 million viewers, 7.7/13 households)
NBC: “The Biggest Loser” season premiere (9.3 million, 6.0/10)
FOX: “More to Love” finale (3.8 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: “Shark Tank” rerun (3.6 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: “90210” (2.4 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: “The Biggest Loser” (3.5)

9 p.m.

NBC: “The Biggest Loser” premiere (10.4 million, 6.5/10)
CBS: “Big Brother 11” finale (7.9 million, 4.9/8)
FOX: “More to Love” finale (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
ABC: “Shaq Vs.” (4.3 million, 2.8/4)
The CW: “Melrose Place” (1.8 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “The Biggest Loser” (4.1)

10 p.m.

NBC: “The Jay Leno Show” (10.7 million, 6.9/12)
CBS: “Big Brother 11” finale (7.9 million, 4.8/8)
ABC: “Barbara Walters Special – Patrick Swayze: Last Dance” (6.1 million, 4.3/7)

18-49 leader: “The Jay Leno Show” (3.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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