Ratings: ‘No Ordinary Family’ Opens Strong, ‘Glee’ Hits High

'No Ordinary Family's Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis (ABC)

'No Ordinary Family's Julie Benz and Michael Chiklis (ABC)

Leaping a tall building to join the highly competitive Tuesdays-at-8 time slot, ABC’s ‘No Ordinary Family‘ got off to a strong start, drawing an audience of 10.55 million total viewers. That was good for a solid third place behind TV’s most-watched scripted series, ‘NCIS’ (18.7 mil, dipping 9 percent from its premiere) and ‘Glee‘ (13.2 mil), which delivered a series-high 5.8 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demo.

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In other words, after getting middling debut numbers from ‘Detroit 1-8-7,’ ‘The Whole Truth’ and ‘My Generation,’ ABC could have a freshman hit on its hands.

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Tuesday’s other big premiere, CBS’ ‘The Good Wife,’ returned to an audience of 12.9 million, which fell shy of its year-ago debut but was up sharply (21 percent) from its Season 1 finale. ‘Good Wife’ also won its time period in the demos.

Other Tuesday ratings notes:

* Buoyed by ‘Glee’s ode to Britney, Fox’s ‘Raising Hope‘ held steady at 7.48 million viewers. Lead-out ‘Running Wilde,’ however, plunged 19 percent (to 4.7 mil).

* Now facing full-on competition in the 10 o’clock hour, ‘Parenthood’ (4.85 mil) dropped 17 percent, while ABC’s ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ slipped 6 percent, to a little over 9 million viewers.

* With an audience of 17 million, the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ results show was down almost 7 percent from Week 1.

How did your Tuesday viewing habits change this week? Did you drop any of the new shows?

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