CBS’ NCIS dominated Premiere Tuesday, as its Season 10 opener delivered 20.2 million total viewers while scoring a 4.1 rating. Those tallies mark a slight uptick in audience from Season 9’s premiere, and a demo dip of just two tenths.
Leading out of that, NCIS: LA did 16.7 mil/3.4, which likewise only saw a decline in the demo, of just two tenths year-over-year.
The debut of Vegas capped CBS’ winning night, as the retro crime drama opened to 14.7 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating, besting all broadcast rivals in the 10 o’clock hour on both counts. (If Vegas‘ numbers hold, CBS notes, it’ll be the Eye’s most watched Tuesday-at-10 drama debut in 10 years (since Judging Amy); a rival in turn whispers it’d be CBS’ lowest-rated drama debut since Century City circa 2004.
Versus Unforgettable‘s own year-ago launch (14 mil/2.9), Vegas drew more viewers but a smaller demo.
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Elsewhere on the night….
* Over on Fox, both new installments of New Girl did about 5.3 mil and a 2.7, down slightly from where the comedy’s freshman finale left things. (Yes, New Girl debuted last fall to 10.3 mil and a 4.8, but that was off of a much stronger lead-in in Glee.) Playing out of the first Girl, Ben and Kate‘s debut retained 4.2 mil/2.0, while The Mindy Project held onto 4.7 mil/2.4 following Jess’ second outing, improving on Raising Hope‘s Season 2 average in several demos.
* On NBC, The Voice (11.3 mil/4.0) saw its numbers drop some 15 percent with NCIS now in the mix. Facing New Girl, Go On (7.3 mil/3.4) dropped 20 percent week-to-week, while The New Normal (5.24 mil/2.0) slipped 14 and 9 percent versus Mindy. Against more robust competition, Parenthood impressively held steady with 4.8 million viewers and a 1.8 rating.
* Dancing With the Stars‘ bloated first results show opened ABC’s night with 11.6 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating, plunging 22 and 31 percent from last fall’s first elimination night. Private Practice returned to 6.6 mil and a 1.9, up just a hair from its Season 5 finale.
COMING NEXT TUESDAY: Raising Hope (now at 8 pm) and Hart of Dixie return.