Suggesting that ratings for The Jay Leno Show might be a whole lot stronger if its lead-in shows were as well, Tuesday night’s episode drew 8.40 million viewers after it followed the season finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. The hit reality show averaged 13.43 million viewers, peaking with 15.15 million in the half hour before Leno.
While this represented a 45 percent drop in viewers, it did give the Leno show its highest ratings since its first week in September. Among adults 18-49, regarded by advertisers as the key demographic group, it was No. 1 in its time period, and among viewers overall it placed second to a repeat of CBS’s The Good Wife. (On Wednesday night, only 4.53 million viewers tuned in as it again placed last among the major networks.)
All CBS shows, including NCIS and its spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles, were in rerun mode Tuesday but produced solid ratings nevertheless. NCIS attracted 15.01 million viewers, beating the first hour of The Biggest Loser, which drew 12.18 million. NCIS: Los Angeles, which had to compete against the final hour of Loser, in which the winner was announced, came in second with 12.16 million viewers versus Loser’s average of 14.7 million in its second hour.
Over at Fox, Glee’s finale performed well on Wednesday night. Episode thirteen, titled ‘Sectionals’, pulled in 8.1 million during the 9pm hour, just falling shy of last week’s series peak.
Also at 9pm, NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit drew 7.97 million, 14.31 million watched Criminal Minds on CBS, and a rerun of Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had 1.68 million for The CW.
ABC’s Modern Family and Cougar Town grabbed 9.62 million and 6.92 million at 9pm and 9:30pm respectively.
ABC won the 8pm with a rerun of the Christmas special Shrek The Halls, which had 8.53 million, and The Middle, which logged 7.67 million. CBS nabbed 7.71 million and 7.16 million with The New Adventures Of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried.
So You Think You Can Dance managed 6.66 million for Fox, NBC’s Mercy was seen by 7.14 million, and 910,000 watched a Gossip Girl repeat on The CW.
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