‘Smash’ and ‘The Taste’ hit series lows, ‘NCIS’ draws more viewers than ‘American Idol’

By Daniel S Levine,

Fox aired a special two-hour American Idol Tuesday night, but that still wasn’t enough to stop CBS’ NCIS from drawing the most viewers on the night. There was also even more bad news for NBC as Smash continues to draw a smaller and smaller audience.

CBS came in first with 15.19 million viewers and a 2.6 18-49 rating on the night, reports HitFix. NCIS kicked off with 20.345 million viewers and a 3.3 18-49 rating, while NCIS: LA followed with just under 16 million and a 2.8 18-49 rating. Golden Boy finished the network’s sweep in viewers with 9.27 million. However, it drew just a 1.6 18-49 rating, an 11 percent fall from its premiere, notes The Wrap.

Idol averaged 11.5 million viewers and a 3.4 18-49 rating, at least giving Fox a win in the demo.

ABC finished third with just 4.58 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating. Celebrity Wife Swap plummeted to just 4.07 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating, a 38 percent fall. The Taste hit a series low with 3.17 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating. Body of Proof did climb a bit to 6.5 million viewers and a 0.7 18-49 rating.

NBC probably doesn’t even want to look at last night’s numbers, since it barely registered. The network averaged 2.99 million viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers had 3.6 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Go On had just over 3 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating, while New Normal had just 2.44 million and a 0.9 18-49 rating. THR notes that Smash hit another series low, dropping 22 percent to a 0.7 18-49 rating. It had just 2.61 million viewers.

The CW’s only new show was Hart of Dixie, which had 1.44 million viewers and a 0.6 18-49 rating.

Univision topped NBC and The CW and ABC in the key demo. The Spanish-language network averaged 4.3 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating.

image: CBS



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