Ratings: Glee, New Girl Return Down 19 Percent, Parenthood and Body of Proof Hit Highs

Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Or “out of sight, out of mind”? The latter idiom seemed to be in play this Tuesday, as Fox’s Glee and New Girl both returned from their three-week X Factor/baseball-induced hiatus to markedly — yet expectedly — lower numbers.

Coming back to a 2.9 demo rating, Glee was down 19 percent from its Oct. 5 outing, and slipped 12 percent in total audience (with 7.43 million viewers). Similarly, America’s sweetheart aka Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl not only dropped trou but also dropped 19 and 13 percent in the demo (3.5) and total viewership (7.53 mil), respectively.

As such, CBS came away from the night with a double win, in both total viewers and in the demo.

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Going hour-by-hour….

8 pm | NCIS led all of Tuesday in viewers and in the demo, holding steady with 19.4 mil/3.9. ABC’s Last Man Standing (9.3 mil/2.6) dipped 7 percent in the demo, while Man Up! (6.4 mil/1.8) fell 10 percent. Trailing Glee in its first hour, The Biggest Loser packed on 15 percent to deliver 6.4 million viewers and a season-high 2.3 rating. The CW’s 90210 (1.5 mil/0.7) drew a few more eyeballs but dropped 12 percent in the demo.

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9 pm | NCIS: LA (15.6 mil/3.4) was down 8 percent in the demo but still bested the Dancing With the Bieber results show (15.2 mil/2.8, up 8 percent). Raising Hope (5.5 mil/2.5) didn’t suffer quite as badly as its lead-in, dropping “just” 14 percent from its last fresh outing. The CW’s Ringer managed held steady following its one-week break, with 1.8 million viewers and a 0.8 rating.

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10 pm | Unforgettable (11.3 mil/2.3) led the hour on both counts, even while dipping 8 percent in the demo. Body of Proof (10 mil/2.0) was up 7 and 11 percent, and delivered its largest audience of the season. Parenthood (5.3 mil/2.2) gained 10 percent in the demo to match its season high, while playing to its biggest audience since Sept. 27. (Versus its November 2010 averages, NBC notes, P’hood is up 34 percent in audience and 16 percent with the 18-49 crowd.)

What were you tuned into this Tuesday?