TV ratings: 'NCIS,' 'Biggest Loser' sack Orange Bowl Tuesday

ncis-cote-de-pablo-michael-weatherly-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2009

FOX's coverage of the Orange Bowl was thrown for a loss Tuesday night as original programming on CBS and NBC -- the return of "NCIS" and the premiere of a new "Biggest Loser" -- led the night.

CBS was far and away the night's overall winner with 17.7 million viewers and a 10.9 rating/17 share in households. NBC (9.92 million, 6.0/9) edged FOX (9.87 million, 6.2/10) for second. ABC was a distant fourth with just 3.5 million viewers and a 2.3/4, while The CW's repeats (865,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

NBC scored the best adults 18-49 rating at 3.8, just ahead of CBS' 3.7. FOX took third with a 3.2. ABC averaged 1.3 and The CW 0.4.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "NCIS" (21.3 million viewers, 12.9/20 households)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser: Couples" premiere (11 million, 6.6/10)
FOX: Orange Bowl - Iowa-Georgia Tech (8.9 million, 5.6/9)
ABC: "Scrubs" (3.9 million, 2.6/4)/"Better Off Ted" (3 million, 1.9/3)
The CW: "90210" rerun (948,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "NCIS" (4.4)

9 p.m.

CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (18 million, 10.9/17)
NBC: "The Biggest Loser: Couples" premiere (12.4 million, 7.3/11)
FOX: Orange Bowl (10.6 million, 6.6/10)
ABC: "Scrubs" (3 million, 2.0/3)/"Better Off Ted" (2.6 million, 1.7/3)
The CW: "Melrose Place" rerun (781,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: "The Biggest Loser: Couples" (5.0)

10 p.m.

CBS: "The Good Wife" (13.8 million, 9.0/15)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" (6.4 million, 4.2/7)
ABC: "The Forgotten" (4.4 million, 2.9/5)

18-49 leader: "The Good Wife" (3.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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