Tuesday TV ratings: CBS dominates, NBC's Smash is Steady

CBS’ Golden Boy on Tuesday night debuted to 10.5 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating — up from time slot lender Vegas‘ most recent 9.5 mil/1.5, but well shy of Vegas‘ own premiere (14.9 mil/2.5) and also predecessor Unforgettable‘s (14 mil/2.9).

That said, it dominated the 10 o’clock hour in both counts.

Opening CBS’ night, NCIS (20.5 mil/3.4) — starring Plucky Ducky — shed some viewers and a tenth in the demo, but NCIS: LA (16.8 mil/2.9) added viewers and two tenths.

ABC’s Celeb Wife Swap returned to a series high, up a tenth (2.4) from its previous premiere, while The Taste (1.4) dropped two tenths in its later time slot. Body of Proof (6.3 mil/1.2) shed a few viewers but was steady in the demo.

NBC got what only NBC can consider good news, in that Smash stabilized in Week 3 with 3 mil/0.9. Leading into that, Go On‘s Studio 60 reunion (3.15 mil/1.1) matched last week’s demo, and New Normal (2.6 mil/1.0) dropped some eyeballs but rose a tenth.

Fox’s Raising Hope’s My Name Is Earl reunion (3.6 mil/1.5) and Mindy Project (3.2 mil/1.6) were steady, while New Girl (4.3 mil/2.3) ticked up a tenth.

The CW’s Hart of Dixie (1.42 mil/0.6) inched up in audience and the demo, while Cult was flat at 875K/0.3.

Tuesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: "NCIS" (20.5 million viewers, 12.8/20 households)
ABC: "Celebrity Wife Swap" season premiere (7 million, 4.5/7)
NBC: "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (4.5 million, 2.8/4)
FOX: "Raising Hope" - two episodes (3.4 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: "Hart of Dixie" (1.4 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: "NCIS" (3.4)

9 p.m.

CBS: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (16.8 million, 10.6/16)
ABC: "The Taste" (4.1 million, 2.8/4)
FOX: "New Girl" (4.3 million, 2.8/4)/"The Mindy Project" (3.2 million, 2.1/3)
NBC: "Go On" (3.15 million, 2.0/3)/"The New Normal" (2.6 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: "Cult" (877,000, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.9)

10 p.m.

CBS: "Golden Boy" series premiere (10.5 million, 6.8/11)
ABC: "Body of Proof" (6.3 million, 4.3/7)
NBC: "Smash" (3 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: "Golden Boy" (1.8)

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Anyone watch Golden Boy? I like the cast (Pamuk from Downton Abbey and Emerson Cod from Pushing Daisies), but is it worth it?