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Ratings roundup: 'Glee' comes back big for Fox

September 22, 2010 | 10:16 am

The Gleeks are still pouring in. Fox's high-school musical kicked off its second season with some of its best numbers ever, especially among young viewers. 

"Glee" averaged 12.3 million total viewers, according to early data from the Nielsen Co., but it was among young adults that the show really performed. Its 5.5 rating/16 share among adults ages 18 to 49 made it the highest-rated program of the night in that ad-friendly category, and "Glee" soared to its best numbers ever in the 18 to 34 cohort. Last year's fall premiere pulled in 7.5 million viewers. Those are all positive signs that the show is still building strength and will deliver peak numbers down the road.

Which is good for Fox, because at 9 p.m. its new sitcom block fizzled, albeit not as badly as the network's drama "Lone Star" did Monday night. "Raising Hope" rousted 7.5 million viewers, although it retained an anemic 55% of the big "Glee" lead-in among young adults. And "Running Wilde" looked actually quite tame with 5.9 million viewers and a weak fourth-place finish.

At first glance, ABC looked fairly solid with its new 10 p.m. cop drama "Detroit 1-8-7," which rounded up 9.8 million viewers for second place in the slot opposite CBS' "NCIS: Los Angeles." However, "Detroit" was down 8% compared with last season's since-forgotten "The Forgotten" in the same slot, and the cop show also shed nearly a fifth of its young-adult audience over the hour. Not good signs.

Elsewhere, the season eight premiere of CBS' "NCIS" was the night's most-watched program, with 18.9 million. ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" had its most-watched results-show season premiere ever, with 18.3 million, while NBC's "The Biggest Loser" trimmed down to its worst premiere ever, with 7.2 million.

Overall, Fox pulled out a win for the night in the 18 to 49 group (4.1 rating/11 share), while CBS easily won among total viewers (16.1 million average).

-- Scott Collins