So much for a sophomore slump: Glee was a hit with teens and adults on Tuesday, which, together with the debuts of Raising Hope and Running Wilde, helped Fox to win the night in the key demographics. The dramedy scored its second-highest rated telecast ever among adults 18-49 (5.5 rating/16 share) and its highest-rate telecast ever among adults 18-34 (6.4/20). The episode attracted 12.2 million viewers.
The debut of Hope, which averaged 3.1/8 in the key demo, was up 24 percent from the first half hour of last season’s hour-long So You Think You Can Dance premiere and averaged 7.45 million viewers. It was Fox’s highest-rated new half-hour comedy premiere in three years (since the sorely missed Back to You on Sept. 19, 2007). Wilde, meanwhile, averaged 2.5/7 among adults 18-49 and averaged 5.86 million viewers.
CBS won the night in viewers (16.06 million), thanks to the return of NCIS (18.9 million) and a two-hour NCIS:LA (14.6 million). On ABC, the results show of Dancing with the Stars at 9 p.m. won its time slot in viewers (18.2 million), but the behemoth audience who tuned into see David Hasselhoff go bye-bye didn’t stick around for the premiere of Detroit 1-8-7: The drama dropped to 9.7 million but the drama still came in second place at 10 p.m.
And it was a tough night for NBC. The return of The Biggest Loser was down 24 percent among adults 18-49 (2.9/8) versus last season and had its lowest-rated premiere ever in the demo. It averaged 7.1 million viewers. Parenthood at 10 averaged 5.85 million. Overall, NBC only averaged 6.7 million viewers for the night and came in fourth place among adults 18-49.