TV Ratings: 'Mentalist' Takes CBS to the Top Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, January 6, 2008

Score another ratings victory for CBS on Tuesday.

CBS averaged a 10.8 rating/17 share in primetime, beatign out NBC's second-place finish of 7.0/11. ABC came in third with a 4.4/7, while FOX, 3.1/5 took fourth. The CW trailed with a 1.5/2.

NBC, however, led among adults 18-49 with a 4.3 rating, beating out No. 2 CBS' 3.4. ABC's 2.7 gave it a solid third place, while FOX, 1.8, just beat out The CW, 1.1.

A new "NCIS," 11.6/18 kicked off the evening with CBS in the lead at 8 p.m., while NBC's first hour of "The Biggest Loser: Couples" premiere earned a 6.5/10. ABC came in third with a 4.8/7 for "Homeland Security USA," ahead of FOX's "House" repeat, 3.6/6. The return of a new "90210" on The CW earned a 1.8/3.

A fresh episode of CBS' "The Mentalist," 12.3/19, scored the highest ratings of the night in the 9 o'clock hour. NBC's second hour of "Biggest Loser" showed growth with a 7.6/11 for second place. "Scrubs," in a double-header at its new home on ABC took in a 4.0/6, ahead of FOX's "Fringe" repeat, 2.5/4. "Privileged" ended the night for The CW.

CBS stayed on top at 10 p.m. with "Without a Trace," 8.5/14, while NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" posted a 7.0/12. ABC's ended the night with a 4.5/7 for "What Would You Do?"

Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

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