« Obama ad will have live portion | Main | NBC announces sweeps plans »

October 29, 2008

Tuesday ratings: 'Mentalist,' 'Trace' hit season highs

Mentalist_2 UPDATED: CBS' freshman procedural "The Mentalist" continues to impress, climbing to a season high rating Wednesday evening to tie ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" for first place in the 9 p.m. hour.

With usual time-period titan "Fringe" airing a repeat, "The Mentalist" grew 15% (16.1 million, 3.9 national adults 18-49 rating and a 9 share) despite its lead-in "NCIS" shrinking 6% (17.3 million, 3.4/9). The boosted performance of "The Mentalist" also lifted 10 p.m.'s "Without a Trace" to a season high (12.2 million, 2.9/8).

All told, this is CBS' best Tuesday since December.

Still, CBS couldn't overthrow Fox for the nightly average-rating win. "House" (13.5 million, 5.4/14) sank a couple tenths this week yet ruled 8 p.m.

NBC squeezed out ABC for third place, airing an on par "The Biggest Loser" (8.1 million, 3.2/8) and "Law & Order: SVU" (9.3 million, 3.5/9).

ABC started the night with its annual reminder of the eternal ratings draw of Charlie Brown specials. "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (10.4 million, 3.4/9) tied "NCIS" to place second in the hour. Despite its strongest lead-in all season, "Dancing With the Stars" was up slightly (17.4 million, 3.9/9). "Eli Stone" (6.9 million, 1.9/5) fell a couple notches.

In repeats for two weeks, the CW's "90210" (3.2 million, 1.6/4) returned roughly on par with its previous original airing. Aided by having an original lead-in again, "Privileged" (1.9 million, 0.9/2) climbed slightly.

TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2008







3.1/8 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
10.4 mil, 3.4/9
Dancing with the Stars
17.4 mil,  3.9/9
Eli Stone
6.9 mil, 1.9/5
3.4/9 NCIS
17.3 mil,  3.4/9
The Mentalist
16.1 mil,  3.9/9
Without a Trace
12.2 mil,  2.9/8
3.3/8 Biggest Loser: Families
8.1 mil,  3.2/8
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9.3 mil,  3.5/9
3.9/10 House
13.5 mil,  5.4/14
Fringe (R)
5.9 mil,  2.3/6
No programming
1.3/3 90210
3.2 mil,  1.6/4
1.9 mil, 0.9/2
No programming


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Tuesday ratings: 'Mentalist,' 'Trace' hit season highs:

Sign up for The Live Feed daily email newsletter:

If you wish to only receive the morning ratings, get the Hollywood Reporter's ratings alert.
Follow us on Twitter;
Subscribe using RSS.
New: The Live Feed mobile-friendly version.
Get headlines delivered to your Google or Yahoo homepage:
 Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Ain't It Cool News - Coaxial
Deadline Hollywood Daily
Drudge Report
Fark: Showbiz
Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Wiretap
Huffington Post
Just Jared
Lisa de Moraes
Michael Ausiello
NY Post: Vulture
Perez Hilton
Pop Candy
Reality Blurred
Television Without Pity
The Futon Critic
The Wrap
THR BLOGS: Heat Vision Blog
THR BLOGS: Hollywood Reporter Pilot Log
THR BLOGS: Risky Business
Tim Goodman: The Bastard Machine
Time's Tuned In
TV Barn
TV by the Numbers
TV Decoder
TV Squad
TV Tattle
TV Tracker
Warming Glow

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. From Martin Grove and the rest, THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.