It looks like New Girlis no fluke. The second episode of the sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel attracted 9.26 million viewers and scored a 4.4 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, again bettering Glee.
Overnight Nielsen ratings further showed that Glee grabbed 8.34 million viewers and 3.6 demo rating (vs. 8.91 million/3.8 for last week's Season 3 premiere). Also at 9/8c, DWTS' results show had its usual increase (14.05 million) vs. The Biggest Loser (5.84 million) and the third round of Ringer, which improved slightly to 2.01 million after losing 30 percent of its premiere eyeballs last week.
CBS kept its usual stranglehold on the first two hours of Tuesday's prime time with NCIS, which attracted 19.18 million (4.2), and NCIS: Los Angeles, which lured 16.12 million (3.5). Fox's Raising Hope at 9:30/8:30c reached 6.30 million people. Against NCIS and Glee at 8/7c, the first hour of Dancing with the Stars entertained 9.30 million viewers vs. The Biggest Loser on NBC (5.70 million) and The CW's 90210 (1.68 million).
The highest-rated new drama of the 2011-12 TV season — Unforgettable — nabbed 12.29 million people and a 2.5 rating, about 88 percent of its premiere audience, beating Body of Proof (9.43 million/1.9) and Parenthood (5.52 million/2.2) in prime time's final hour.