Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard, <I>House</i> Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard, House

This Tuesday's tallies:

8 pm/ET
NCIS dropped 10 percent from last week's all-time high to win the hour with 17.98 million total viewers. Though House placed second in the time slot in viewers (drawing thirteen million ... Thirteen, heh), the medical drama dominated all Tuesday programming in the demos.

Dancing with the Stars' recap show delivered 11.8 mil, enjoying 13 percent growth week-to-week. Behind Biggest Loser (7.84 mil), 90210 saw a gain of 210 thousand, hitting 2.94 mil.

9 pm
Dancing with the Stars' penultimate results show drew 17.5 million viewers, a surge of 1.1 mil. The Mentalist placed second with 15.83 mil, dipping 630K from last week's series high. Fringe claimed third with 9.36 mil (up 480K), but topped the hour in the demos. Poor Privileged shed 290 thou, dropping to 1.58 mil.

10 pm
Without a Trace lost 340,000 heads but still bested SVU, 11.86 mil to 10.18 mil. (Stabler & Co., however, copped the best demos.) Eli Stone not only dropped again (to 6.87 mil), but for a consecutive week was stymied by significant audience erosion over the course of the hour, to the tune of 31 percent.