Tuesday Ratings: 'Glee' Hits a High Note, New Shows are Middle C
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
After a surprising Monday that saw most new shows succeed (with the exception on FOX's Lone Star, which is already on death watch), Tuesday was a lot more stable. Since it's the night that features some of the biggest returning champions (NCIS and Dancing with the Stars), this should come as no surprise.

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However, FOX's Glee is certainly the big winner. With over 12 million viewers for the season 2 premiere, the show had its third highest rating ever, and its best ever without having American Idol as a lead-in.

Here's a quick breakdown of the ratings.

Dancing with the Stars Recap (8pm): 12 million
Dancing with the Stars Results (9pm): 18.3 million
Detroit 1-8-7 (10pm): 9.75 million

NCIS (8pm): 18.9 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (9pm): 15.7 million
NCIS: Los Angeles (10pm): 13.6 million

The Biggest Loser (8pm): 7.2 million
Parenthood (10pm): 5.9 million

Glee (8pm): 12.3 million
Raising Hope (9pm): 7.5 million
Running Wilde (9:30pm): 5.9 million

One Tree Hill (8pm): 1.9 million
Life Unexpected (9pm): 1.5 million

Not only is Glee the top show on FOX for fans, critics and awards, but now it's the highest-rated show for the network's fall season. While the new comedies Raising Hope and Running Wilde lost viewers, the loss wasn't as big as the one for Lone Star, so the news could be worse.

Still, CBS handily won the night with it's three-hour NCIS-a-thon. While both the original and LA versions did well, they were both down slightly from last season's averages.

ABC also had a good night thanks to Dancing with the Stars, and while Detroit 1-8-7 was the best of the three new shows of Tuesday, it still lost a large portion of its lead-in. Next week will be interesting to see how the new superhero family drama No Ordinary Family compares to the DWTS recap show at 8pm.

(Image courtesy of FOX)