'NCIS' Closes Season With One More Tuesday Win
"NCIS" closed out its 2011-2012 season last night in unsurprising fashion: winning CBS another Tuesday night.
The hit naval-crime procedural finished its ninth season with everything in its right place contract-wise for next fall's 10th, and with its finale up 12 percent to a 3.5 adult demographic rating (on the backs of 18.7 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly). Paired with a steady-but-high 3.0 for the two-hour "NCIS: Los Angeles" finale, CBS came in leading the network pack last night.
The gap might have been widened a tad by Howard Stern's second night on NBC's "America's Got Talent" diminishing from its Monday-night debut. Tuesday's outing dropped 8 percent off the Monday premiere to a 3.4 rating, a similar drop from last season's first Tuesday episode, according to EW. Still, it certainly out-performed "Fashion Star"; NBC's answer to "Project Runway" delivered a 1.6 finale in the 10 PM ET/PT slot.
The two-hour "Glee" graduation episode wasn't just a send-off to several main characters from McKinley High. The third-season's end also marked the show's farewell to its familiar Tuesday roost with a 2.5 before jetting next season to Thursdays. Unfortunately, that rating also marked an 11-percent slip from the season-two finale.
On ABC, "Cougar Town" graced the network's lineup one last time with a 1.0 rating on the backs of 3.3 million viewers. Next season, it moves on to its new TBS home. "Private Practice" has languished a bit since being moved away from "Grey's Anatomy", and the 1.8 season finale rating shows it, but it's staying put in its Tuesday position next fall. The "Dancing with the Stars" results show ruled ABC's lineup with a 2.2 mark.