Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s midseason drama Body of Proof, starring Dana Delany, got off to a promising start last night with a 3.0/8 fast-national rating in adults 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers. It dominated the 10 PM hour against original competition, pushing CBS’ The Good Wife (1.9/5, 10 million) to a season low in the demo. NBC’s Parenthood (1.9/5, 4.8 million) was flat. Body of Proof qualifies as TV’s second-most-watched series premiere this season behind CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 and ABC’s second-highest-rated premiere in 18-49 behind No Ordinary Family. At ABC, which has been struggling to launch a successful drama series in the past few years, Body of Proof was most watched midseason drama debut in four years and the top rated among 18-49 in two years. Body of Proof benefited from a strong lead-in, Dancing with the Stars‘ first result show this cycle (4.2/11, 18.8 million), which was down 5% from the corresponding show in the fall but up sharply (40% in 18-49, 31% in viewers) from the results premiere last year to rank as the top program of the night. Body of Proof’s numbers may have been inflated a bit from a Dancing overrun, so its performance will be more properly judged when final ratings are released later today. ABC, which opened with a Dancing recap (2.7/8, 12.7 million), won the night in 18-49 (3.3/9, 15.1 million), edging traditional Tuesday ratings victor CBS (3.1/8, 14.5 million with an all-original lineup).

CBS’ NCIS (3.8/11, 18.3 million) was flat. NCIS:LA (3.5/9, 15.2 million) was up 9% in the demo. Facing Dancing with the Stars for the first time this cycle, NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.6/7) was down 13% from last week. Fox’s only original, Traffic Light (1.1/3) was up 10%.

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