A traditional family sitcom starring former ABC ratings winner Tim Allen paid off big for ABC last night. Last Man Standing opened up as TV’s biggest 8p.m. comedy premiere for any network, on any night since September 2004 (NBC’s Joey). During its 1 hour series premiere, Last Man Standing drew in an average of 13 million people with an A18-49 rating of 3.5/10. At 9p.m. Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show took advantage of its huge lead in with 16.6 million viewers and a 3.2/8 in the A18-49 demo, its best ratings of the season. ABC rounded out the night with Body of Proof (9.38 million viewers, A18-49: 1.9).
Even though ABC had its best Tuesday in almost 2 years, CBS was still the network to beat last night, coming in #1 with its strong lineup of NCIS (18.66 million viewers, A18-49: 3.9), NCIS: Los Angeles (15.39 million viewers, A18-49: 3.3), and Unforgettable (11.78 million viewers, A18-49: 2.3).
Fox was in third place last night with Game 3 of the ALCS (7.98 million viewers, A18-49: 2.4)
NBC finished in fourth with new episodes of The Biggest Loser 12 (5.46 million viewers, A18-49: 2.0) and Parenthood (5.26 million viewers, A18-49: 2.1).
Last but not least, The CW with new episodes of 90210 (1.50 million viewers, A18-49: 0.6) and Ringer (1.72 million, A18-49: 0.8)