Britney Spears is bigger than Madonna, at least for Glee.
The Fox musical comedy scored its highest ratings ever Tuesday with a Spears-tribute episode, besting Season 1's Madonna special, according to overnight Nielsen estimates. Glee drew 13.3 million viewers and was up 4 percent from the previous week in the 18-to-49 demographic, leading Fox to win the night.
Glee led into Raising Hope(7.5 million viewers), which was also slightly up, while Running Wilde(4.7 million viewers) tumbled 13 percent in the demo from the previous week.
CBS placed second for the night with on-par performances from NCIS(18.7 million viewers) and NCIS: Los Angeles(16.4 million viewers), the latter of which improved 9 percent in the demo versus a week ago. The second-season debut of The Good Wife(12.9 million viewers) won the 10/9c timeslot, but it was down 19 percent in the demo from last year.
Despite a strong debut for No Ordinary Family(10.5 million viewers), ABC placed third for the night. Following Family, which was ABC's highest-rated new series premiere, Dancing with the Stars(17.1 million viewers) was down 16 percent in the demo compared to a week ago, while Detroit 1-8-7(9.2 million viewers) fell 8 percent in the demo.
NBC was down across the board, as a two-hour Biggest Loser(7.1 million viewers) fell 7 percent in the demo from a week ago and Parenthood(4.8 million viewers) declined 20 percent to a new series low.
On the CW, One Tree Hill (1.8 million viewers) held steady and Life Unexpected(1.6 million viewers) rose slightly.