NCIS, for starters, repeated as the night’s most watched/highest rated program — with 18.5 million viewers and a 3.6 rating — despite dipping about 10 percent from Season 10′s premiere. NCIS: LA (14.9 mil/3.1) was also down about 10 percent while trouncing all comers. And newbie Vegas, with 12.1 million viewers and a 2.1 rating (down 19 and 16 percent), nearly doubled second-place Private Practice‘s audience while topping the 10 pm demo.
Elsewhere on the night:
* NBC’s The Voice recap special brought its numbers down 30 percent to 8.22 mil/2.9, setting up the 9 o’clock comedy hour for declines. Go On, with 6 mil and a 2.2, was down 13 and 19 percent, while The New Normal (4.6 mil/1.7) slipped 10 and 15 percent. Capping the Peacock’s night, though, Parenthood (4.5 mil/1.7) dipped just a few percentage points.
* Fox’s Raising Hope returned to 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating as a self-starter, down more than 40 percent from its Season 2 premiere (which of course led out of New Girl). Ben and Kate (3.3 mil/1.6) dropped 24 percent, but New Girl (5.1 mil/2.8) held onto its premiere numbers. The Mindy Project – which apparently is set here, in (a very sunny version of) New York City…? — fell 20 percent from its debut, to 3.75 mil/1.9.
* Dancing With the Stars‘ whatever-that-was special opened ABC’s night with a soft 8.2 mil/1.3, placing fourth in the hour. DWTS‘ results show then held steady week-to-week with 11.8 mil/2.1, but Private Practice‘s 100th episode (6.1 mil/1.6) slipped 16 percent in the demo.
* The CW’s Hart of Dixie opened Season 2 with 1.54 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, down just a tenth in the demo from its series debut (which aired on a Monday) and flat with 90210‘s year-ago performance in the Tuesday-at-8 spot.
What were you tuned into this second Tuesday of the new Fall TV season?