The networks’ Tuesday lineups returned to normal last night after mass preemptions of scripted series for Election night coverage last week. While most scripted series came back from their hiatuses lower, ABC’s No Ordinary Family bucked the trend and also reversed its string of ratings declines since the premiere. The freshman ABC series (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million) was up 10% in 18-49 vs. its last original 2 weeks ago and drew its largest audience in 5 weeks. At 9 PM, the Dancing with the Stars result show (3.4/9, 16.8 million) was up 6% from last week when it aired at 8 PM to make room for election coverage. It logged its best numbers in a month. Detroit 1-8-7 (1.8/5) was down 10% from its fast national 2 weeks ago (5% from its final as the drama tends to adjust down due to Dancing overruns.)
The much hyped “gay kiss” Glee episode (4.5/12) was down 6% from the fast national result for its Rocky Horror episode 2 weeks ago (The series always goes up a tenth in the finals as it did then.) Raising Hope (2.6/7) was flat with its fast national number from 2 weeks ago when the freshman comedy dropped a tenth in the finals. Fellow freshman comedy Running Wilde (1.3/3) did not look good in its return after 2 weeks of preemptions. It was up only a tenth from its last original on Oct. 19 when its lead-in was a Raising Hope rerun (1.7/4).
CBS’ dramas were all slightly down. NCIS (3.9/11, 19.8 million) was down 5% in 18-49, NCIS:LA (3.3/9, 15.5 million) down a tenth (3%) for a season low, and The Good Wife (2.2/7, 12.2 million) down 8% also for a season low despite a guest appearance by Michael J. Fox. Meanwhile, NBC’s 10 PM drama Parenthood (2.1/6) went up a tenth to further narrow the demo gap with The Good Wife to only a tenth. NBC’s veteran reality series The Biggest Loser (2.4/6) from 8-10 PM was flat with its hourlong edition last Tuesday.
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