The Overnights: CBS Dominates ‘Idol’-Free Tuesday

Without American Idol in the Tuesday mix, CBS owned Tuesday in the overnights and will do so until at least the end of the traditional TV season in May.

CBS averaged an 11.0 rating/17 share on Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Media Research data, followed by Fox (5.6/9), NBC (4.7/7), ABC (3.1/5) and The CW (1.2/2). But Fox will still competed with CBS among adults 18-49 thanks to popular hour Glee.

Blockbuster NCIS opened with a considerable 12.7 rating/20 share at 8 p.m. Next was spinoff NCIS: Los Angeles (11.6/18 at 9 p.m.), which fits like a glove, followed by older-skewing The Good Wife at a dominant 8.8/15 at 10 p.m. While The Good Wife is also expected to also win among adults 18-49, its time period lead will be far less significant than what you see in the overnights.

Fox’s aforementioned Glee finished a comfortable second at 8 p.m., with a 7.8/12. But already renewed Raising Hope at 9 p.m. continues to squander the lead-in support, with a third place 4.2/6.

At 9:30 p.m. on Fox, week three of Traffic Light at 9:30 p.m. was stuck in neutral with a mere 2.8/4 in the overnights.

At NBC, just renewed The Biggest Loser scored a so-so 5.1/8 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m. At 10 p.m., Parenthood on NBC finished second with a 3.8/6 in the overnights and is one of the many current series on NBC that the network will need to make a decision on for next season.

Minus the support of Dancing With the Stars at 9 p.m. (which returns in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour on March 29), ABC continues to flounder on the evening. On-the-fence No Ordinary Family opened the night with a fourth place 3.4/5 in the overnights at 8 p.m., followed by sophomore V (3.4/ 5 at 9 p.m.), which should never have received a second season, and a Tuesday 10 p.m. edition of Primetime: What Would You Do? (2.6/4).

In the distant No. 5 spot, as usual, was The CW’s combination of One Tree Hill (1.4/2) and freshman Hellcats (1.1/2), which does fit relatively well out of the veteran serial and is expected back next season.