TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Sparks CBS Tuesday Victory

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008

CBS continued its winning ways on Tuesday as "NCIS" racked up another big audience, while "House" brought in strong demographic numbers for FOX.

CBS led the night with a 9.3 rating/15 share. ABC finished second at 7.5/12, with FOX not far behind at 6.7/10. NBC, 5.1/8, came in fourth, and The CW was well back at 1.1/2.

Led by "House," FOX won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.7 rating. CBS took second at 3.2, just ahead of NBC's 3.1. ABC averaged 2.7 and The CW 0.7.

"NCIS" scored a 10.7/17 at 8 p.m., drawing the night's biggest audience at just over 17 million viewers. "House," 7.7/12, put FOX in second overall and was the night's top show in the 18-49 demo. A recap of Monday's "Dancing with the Stars," 6.3/10, finished third for ABC, beating the 4.4/7 for "The Biggest Loser: Families" on NBC. The CW went with a "90210" repeat.

ABC moved into the lead at 9 p.m. with the "Dancing with the Stars" results show, 10.6/16. CBS finished a strong second with "The Mentalist," 9.7/15. "Fringe" delivered a 5.7/9 for FOX. "The Biggest Loser" improved a little in its second hour, while "Privileged" earned a 1.1/2 for The CW.

"Without a Trace," 7.7/13, moved CBS back to the front at 10 p.m. "Law & Order: SVU" posted a 6.3/11 for NBC, and "Eli Stone" came in at 5.7/10 for ABC.

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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