The Britney Spears themed episode of “Glee” really did the trick for Fox, as the show’s ratings rose 5% from it’s season premiere 13.3 million viewers and a 5.8 rating, leading Fox to a victory for the night in adults 18-49. New comedy “Raising Hope” benefitted from the boost slightly, as it’s ratings rose to 7.5 million viewers and a 3.2 rating. “Running Wilde” dropped however to 4.7 million viewers and 2.1 rating. The Will Arnett/Keri Russell comedy from the “Arrested Development” creators is now on cancellation watch.
CBS was second in young adults for the night, though first in total viewers, thanks to a strong showing from “NCIS” at 8 p.m. The show averaged 18.7 million viewers and a 4.0 rating. “NCIS: LA” averaged a 3.7 rating and 16.4 million viewers at 9, good for second place. The second season premiere of the “Good Wife” premiered to 12.9 million viewers and a 2.5 rating at 10. That’s down from it’s 3.1 rating from its season premiere last year, but the show still led the hour.
ABC was second in the night for total viewers and third in the demo, and got a good helping from new dramedy “No Ordinary Family.” The superhero show premiered to 10 million viewers and a 3.1 rating, making it ABC’s only real successful series premiere so far this season. “Dancing with the Stars” was potent at 9, averaging 16.4 million viewers and a 3.7 rating. ABC’s night was dragged down by a poor performance of “Detroit 1-8-7” at 10 p.m. however, which averaged 9 million viewers and a 2.2 rating. There was a “Dancing” overrun however, so “Detroit’s” numbers should be lower in the finals. Michael Imperioli should be warned; it too is on cancellation watch.
NBC was in fourth for the night with a poor performance. “The Biggest Loser” averaged 7.1 million viewers and a 2.7 rating from 8-10, hurting leadout “Parenthood,” which pulled in 4.8 million viewers and a 1.9 rating, it’s lowest ratings ever. The return of “The Good Wife” really hurt the show.