Ratings: NCIS Draws Second-Largest Audience Ever, Go On and Private Practice Rise

Ratings: NCIS Second Largest Audience EverDeath becomes NCIS, which this Tuesday night drew its second-largest audience ever.

Currently in its 10th season, TV’s most watched drama delivered 22.34 million total viewers while scoring a 3.8 demo rating, rising 6 and 9 percent from last week (when it hit a season-high audience).

Because you’re wondering: The show’s largest audience ever is 22.87 million (with the Feb. 1, 2011 episode “Freedom”). UPDATE: Per finals, this week’s NCIS did 22.86 million (while getting adjusted up to a 3.9 rating). Ooh, close one!

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NCIS: Los Angeles led out of that with 17.5 mil and a 2.7, shedding a few viewers and slipping 10 percent in the demo, while Vegas capped CBS’ night by matching last week’s 11 mil/1.6.

Also holding rock-steady was the penultimate Season 4 episode of NBC’s Parenthood (4.95 mil/1.9), which again won the 10 o’clock hour in the demo. As for the Peacock’s Tuesday comedies, Go On (4.4 mil/1.7) rose 13 percent in the demo, while The New Normal (3.24 mil/1.3) was flat.

Over on ABC, Happy Endings (3.06 mil/1.3) dipped a tenth in the demo, Apartment 23 (2.7 mil/1.1) matched last week’s rating and the penultimate Private Practice (4 mil/1.2) ticked up a tenth.

Among Fox’s comedy line-up, Raising Hope (3.7 mil/1.6), Ben and Kate (2.3 mil/1.1) and New Girl (3.6 mil/1.9,the night’s highest-rated sitcom) each dipped a tenth in the demo, while The Mindy Project (2.8 mil/1.5) was steady.

The CW’s Hart of Dixie returned from break to the exact same numbers it left with: 1.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating.

What were you tuned into this Tuesday night?

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