TV ratings: 'NCIS,' Kennedy Center Honors lead a quiet Tuesday

kennedy-center-honors-320.jpgFast National ratings for Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009

CBS coasted to a ratings victory Tuesday night on the strength of an "NCIS" repeat and its annual Kennedy Center Honors broadcast, which featured the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Mel Brooks.

CBS drew 10.7 million viewers and a 6.8 rating/11 share in households for the night, more than double the average for second-place ABC (5 million, 3.1/5). FOX (3.6 million, 2.1/3) came in third. NBC finished fourth with 2.9 million viewers and a 1.9/3, and The CW (925,000, 0.6/1) trailed.

No network broke the 2.0 mark in the adults 18-49 demographic, which CBS led with a 1.9. ABC and FOX tied for second at 1.5. NBC was fourth with a scant 0.9, and The CW managed only a 0.3.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS:
"NCIS" rerun (12.9 million viewers, 8.0/13 households)
ABC: Special - "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (4.2 million, 2.3/4)
FOX: Movie - "The Benchwarmers" (3.6 million, 2.1/3)
NBC: "Parks and Recreation" reruns - two episodes (3 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: "90210" rerun (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "NCIS" (2.4)

9 p.m.

CBS:
Special - Kennedy Center Honors (10 million, 6.4/11)
FOX: "The Benchwarmers" (3.6 million, 2.2/4)
ABC: "Scrubs" rerun (2.9 million, 1.7/3)/"Better Off Ted" (2.7 million, 1.7/3)
NBC: "Parks and Recreation" reruns - two episodes (2.75 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: "Melrose Place" rerun (719,000, 0.5/1)

18-49 leader: Kennedy Center Honors (1.7)

10 p.m.

CBS:
Kennedy Center Honors (9.2 million, 5.9/10)
ABC: "20/20" special - "The Blind Side: The Real Story" (7.9 million, 5.1/9)
NBC: "The Jay Leno Show" rerun (3 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader:
"20/20" (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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