Naya Rivera, Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Morris Naya Rivera, Gwyneth Paltrow and Heather Morris

The tough tandem of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles still took their time slots, though with substantially lower numbers because of repeats, while the return of Glee was greeted by a bigger audience than its last original airings.

The hourlong CBS procedurals each attracted about 13.4 million people, while the Fox musical dramedy, which featured a second guest appearance by Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow, lured nearly 12 million. That's a far cry from what American Idol got in the timeslot last Tuesday, but a nice bump up from the 10.5 million the show got for the last two weeks. It also snared a 4.6 rating in the 18-to-49 crowd — the highest of the night.

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In prime-time's first hour Tuesday against NCIS and Glee, The Biggest Loser: Couples drew more than 7.4 million viewers on NBC, No Ordinary Family on ABC nabbed 4 million people, and nearly a million watched a rerun of the CW's One Tree Hill.

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At 9/8c against NCIS:LA, Raising Hope got 6.8 million viewers (compared with an Idol-enhanced 8.8 million viewers last week), while Fox's sputtering relationship comedy Traffic Light sank to 3.8 million at 9:30. Also in prime time's middle hour, Loser saw its usual gain in its second hour (8.8 million) against ABC's V  (4.9 million) and the CW's Hellcats repeat (nearly 1.2 million).

In prime time's final hour, a rerun of The Good Wife won with a total viewership of 8.3 million vs. Detroit 1-8-7  (5.1 million) and a Parenthood repeat (3.2 million).