TV ratings: Big night for 'NCIS' and CBS Tuesday

markharmon_ncis_290.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

The season premiere of "NCIS" Tuesday hit an all-time ratings high, beating ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and carrying CBS' pair of new shows to solid numbers as well.

CBS averaged 17.3 million viewers and a 10.8 rating/17 share for the night, beating out ABC's 13.3 million and 8.8/14. NBC (7.2 million, 4.6/7) finished a distant third. FOX (6.8 million, 4.0/6) took fourth, while The CW was well back with 1.8 million viewers and a 1.3/2.

CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.0 rating. Despite its relatively small overall numbers, FOX grabbed second in the demo with a 3.3, edging ABC's 3.2. NBC scored a 2.9, two points better than The CW's 0.9.

Tuesday's hourly results:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" season premiere (20 million viewers, 12.9/20 households)
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" (14.1 million, 9.4/15)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (6.9 million, 4.5/7)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (6.7 million, 3.9/6)
The CW: "90210" (2.2 million, 1.5/2)

18-49 leader: "NCIS" (4.6)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS: Los Angeles" series premiere (18.3 million, 11.1/17)
ABC: "Dancing with the Stars" (16.2 million, 10.7/16)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser" (8 million, 5.0/8)
FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (7 million, 4.1/6)
The CW: "Melrose Place" (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader:
"NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.3)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Good Wife" series premiere (13.7 million, 9.2/16)
ABC: "The Forgotten" series premiere (9.5 million, 6.3/11)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (6.8 million, 4.5/8)

18-49 leader: "The Good Wife" (3.1)

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

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