Another heavily hyped episode of Fox’s Glee (4.9/14, 11.6 million), this one featuring new recurring guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, was once again the top-rated telecast on Tuesday among adults 18-49, up 9% from the show’s last week fast national result. (Glee always gets adjusted up a tenth in the finals as it did last week.) Raising Hope (2.7/7), which tends to go down in the finals, including a .1 slip last week, was up a tenth from its fast national demo number last Tuesday. A Raising Hope repeat (1.8/5) did almost 40% better than an original Running Wilde did last week in the 9:30 PM slot.
NCIS has been so consistently reliable, you can set your clock by it. Last night it drew a 3.9/11 demo rating, the same as its fast national delivery last week. (The veteran procedural tends to go up a tenth in the finals as it did last Tuesday.) NCIS’ audience, 19.4 million, was also almost identical to last week’s 19.8 million as the drama series once again topped the night in total viewers. It was actually a full night of deja vu ratings performances at CBS, with the network’s other two dramas, NCIS: LA (3.3/9, 15.8 million) and The Good Wife (2.2/6, 11.7 million) also matching their demo results from last week, both season lows.
A somewhat inexplicable 23% drop for ABC’s No Ordinary Family (1.7/5), which posted an all-time low. This is by far the steepest week-to-week decline for the freshman drama which had never dropped below a 2.0 demo rating and last week reversed its down trend with a healthy 10% ratings bump. Dancing with the Stars (3.3/9, 17.2 million), which featured another miracle survival by Bristol Palin, was down a tenth from last week, while Detroit 1-8-7 (1.8/5) was flat with last week’s fast national. (The rookie cop drama will probably adjust down in the finals because of a Dancing overrun as it did last week.)
The ongoing controversy surrounding the strike of The Biggest Loser crew didn’t have an adverse effect the ratings for the veteran reality show (2.5/7), which was up a tenth from last week. But Parenthood (1.8/5) at 10 PM went in the opposite direction, down 14% for a series low after posting a gain last week.
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