Television phenomenon “Glee” returned last night to open is sophomore season with more than 12 million viewers, and a exceptional 5.5 in the 18-49 demo, leading all shows for the night. That’s way above it’s first season average, when about 9 million viewers tuned in with a 4.0 in the demo. “NCIS” had a strong showing as well, with 19 million viewers and a 3.9 in the demo, good for second at 8 p.m.

“Dancing with the Stars” averaged 15 million viewers and a 3.4 in the demo from 8-9 p.m., while “The Biggest Loser” posted a 3.0 from just over 7 million viewers over its two hours. “One Tree Hill” was last at 8 p.m., pulling a 0.9 in the demo and under 2 million viewers.

After “Glee’s” big number however, Fox dropped considerably with the premiere of new comedies “Raising Hope” and “Running Wilde.” “Hope” averaged a 3.1 rating and nearly 8 million viewers; “Wilde” brought in over 8 million viewers but a much softer 2.5 demo rating. “Life Unexpected” was at the back for the CW with a 0.7 rating and 1.5 million viewers.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” was strong for CBS from 9-10 p.m., drawing 14.5 million viewers and a 3.2 demo rating, but that’s down from last season when it averaged 16 million viewers and a 3.5 rating.

ABC was unable to lure great numbers to Michael Imperioli’s new police drama at 10. It averaged 9.8 million viewers, but just a 2.4 demo rating, tied with “Parenthood,” which averaged nearly 6 million viewers. With “The Good Wife” returning next week, and “Parenthood” typically the hour’s leader in the demo, if “Detroit 1-8-7” falters much it will find itself in third for the hour, and on the fast track to early cancellation.

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