Ratings: CBS Wins Night With ‘Victoria’s Secret’ … and ‘Rudolph’

By Tim Kenneally

CBS scored an overall ratings victory Tuesday night with quite the mixed bag of entertainment, taking the top two spots with a record-breaking “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” and the children’s holiday chestnut “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” according to preliminary numbers.

“Rudolph,” airing on CBS at 8 p.m., inched up 3 percent from last year’s presentation, taking the second-best ratings of the night with a 4.0 rating/11 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, with 12.6 million total viewers. Following a repeat of “NCIS” at 9 — which drew the night’s top total viewership with 13.3 million total viewers — the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” at 10 grabbed its best numbers ever, jumping 35 percent over last year’s show with a 4.6/11 in the demo and 10.3 million total viewers. Overall the network drew the best average in the demo with a 3.2/9, and the evening’s top viewership, with an average 12.1 million total viewers.

Photos: Hottest Looks from “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show”

Fox came in second in the demo for the night, with modest gains across the board for its slate. “Glee” at 8 was up 7 percent from its last original airing two weeks ago, posting a 3.2/8 in the demo with 7.8 million total viewers. “New Girl” the following hour received a 3.6/9 in the demo with 7.5 million total viewers, while the night closed out with “Raising Hope,” which received a 2.4/6 in the demo and 5.3 million total viewers.

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ABC’s original programming for the night, meanwhile, experienced series lows. “Last Man Standing” at 8 dropped 11 percent to a 2.4/7, with 10.2 million total viewers, while “Man Up” at 8:30 also dropped 11 percent, to a 1.7/4 in the demo and 6.5 million total viewers. Following a repeat of “The Middle,” “Body of Proof” matched its series low with a 1.8/5 and 9.4 million total viewers.

NBC, meanwhile, experienced marked gains throughout the night, with “The Biggest Loser” bouncing back with a 20 percent improvement from last week, when it competed against both the “Dancing With the Stars” finale and “The X Factor.” Tuesday’s episode drew a 2.4/6 in the demo with 7 million total viewers, while “Parenthood” climbed 16 percent over last week with a 2.2/5 and 5.7 million total viewers.

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