<i>V</i> V

ABC's remake of the 1980s sci-fi miniseries V drew big numbers, the best rating for any new series premiere this season.

V attracted 13.9 million viewers, easily outperforming NCIS (Tuesday's most-watched show with 19.4 million viewers) among adults 18 to 49. It was also the best 8 o'clock debut by a new series since ABC's Lost.

The big boost from V gave ABC — which also aired a Dancing with the Stars results show (14.5 million viewers) and The Forgotten (7.6 million viewers) — a fighting chance against CBS' powerhouse Tuesday lineup. Ultimately, the Eye 's combo of NCIS: Los Angeles (15 million viewers) and The Good Wife (12 million) led the network to the overall win for the night.

NBC beat out Fox as the networks went head-to-head with two-hour editions of Biggest Loser (9 million viewers) and So You Think You Can Dance (6.1 million viewers). At the CW, 90210 (2.1 million viewers) was steady and Melrose Place improved slightly to 1.5 million viewers.