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TV Ratings: CBS, FOX Split Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008.

Remaining true to season form, CBS and FOX split up the ratings pie on Tuesday night.

Overall, CBS won easily with a 9.5 rating/15, knocking off the 7.9/12 for ABC and FOX's 6.8/10. NBC had a decent night with a 5.5/8, followed by The CW's 1.5/2.

Among adults 18-49, though, it was FOX on top with a 4.8 rating in the key demographic. NBC was well back in second with a 3.4 rating, followed by CBS' 3.2 rating. ABC finished fourth with a 2.7 rating and The CW's 1.2 rating trailed.

CBS started the night in first with a 10.9/17 for "NCIS." FOX's "House" had a 7.9/12 to barely nip ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" recap. NBC's "Biggest Losers: Families Edition" was fourth with a 4.5/7, followed the the 1.9/3 for "90210" on the CW.

At 8 p.m. ABC moved into the lead with an 11.4/17 for the "Dancing" elimination. CBS' freshman hit "The Mentalist" had a 9.9/15 to follow. FOX's "Fringe" was down to a 5.7/8, but still beat NBC's "Biggest Loser" for the hour. On The CW, "Privileged" had a 1.2/2.

CBS moved back into first in the 10 p.m. hour with a 7.8/13 for "Without a Trace." NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was second with a 6.7/11, while ABC's "Eli Stone" had a 4.6/8 for third.

  • 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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