It was another Glee-ful night for Fox on Tuesday: The sophomore drama not only averaged 13.2 million viewers, it posted its best-ever rating among adults 18-49 (5.8 rating/16 share). Fox says this is the first time in 17 years that the highest-rated entertainment program of premiere week actually grew in week two among adults 18-49 and total viewers (since the Fall of 1993 with Seinfeld). Each rating point represents 1.31 million viewers.
The Glee lead-in did a solid for Fox’s new comedy Raising Hope. The Martha Plimpton starrer was up 3% among adults 18-49 (3.2/9) and total viewers (7.4 million) from last week’s premiere. But the mushroom effect from Glee stopped at 9:30 p.m. The new comedy Running Wilde starring Will Arnett and Keri Russell only averaged a 2.1/5 in 18-49 - a 13% drop from last week. It averaged 4.7 million viewers. Overall, though, Fox still won the night among adults 18-49 and came in third among viewers (9.68 million).
CBS won the night in viewers (16.02 million) because of big audiences for NCIS (18.7 million), NCIS: LA (16.4 million), and the return of The Good Wife (12.8 million). In fact, the latter drama starring Julianna Margulies won its timeslot among adults 18-49 and key female demos.
ABC featured the debut of No Ordinary Family, which held up pretty well considering the competition from Fox and CBS. The Michael Chiklis series about a super-power clan averaged 10.54 million viewers and built in its second half-hour among some male demographics. The results show of Dancing with the Stars (your jive wasn’t that horrible but goodbye anyway, Michael Bolton!) averaged 17.05 million. ABC came in second for the night among viewers (12.2 million) and third among 18-49.
NBC was fourth on Tuesday among adults and viewers (6.37 million). A two-hour edition of The Biggest Loser averaged 7.1 million, and Parenthood brought in 4.85 million.