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New Girl tops on quiet night, Fashion Star starts soft

Date March 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - NBC's new reality offering "Fashion Star" got off to a soft start on a slow Tuesday night, while Fox's "New Girl" took top ratings honors. Fox, NBC and CBS all shared the top ratings spot of the night, with CBS taking a win in total viewers despite airing repeats, according to preliminary numbers.

NBC, like Fox and CBS, averaged a 1.8 rating/5 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, and took a razor-thin victory over ABC for second place in total viewers with an average 5.4 million. The network's night began with "Biggest Loser" from 8 to 9:30, which posted a 2.0/6 in the demo with 6.3 million total viewers.

The "Fashion Star" premiere at 9:30, meanwhile, drew a not particularly encouraging 1.6/4 and 4.6 million total viewers. In the show's defense, it did lead its competition in the timeslot, and didn't suffer any significant drop-off from half-hour to half-hour.

At Fox, "Raising Hope" at 8 posted a 1.8/6 and 4.3 million total viewers, while "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" at 8:30 received a 1.3/4 and 3.5 million total viewers. At 9, "New Girl," despite a 10 percent drop from last week, took the night's top ratings with a 2.7/7 and 5.7 million total viewers. The network's night closed with "Breaking In" at 9:30, which was down 12 percent with a 1.5/4. The show received 3.5 million total viewers.

ABC came in fourth in the demographic with an average 1.4/4 and third in total viewers with an average 5.4 million. Following a "Last Man Standing" repeat at 8, "Cougar Town" inched down to a new series low with a 1.4/4, with 4.4 million total viewers. "The River" also hit a series low in the demo, dropping 13 percent to a 1.3/4 with 4.1 million total viewers. "Body of Proof" closed the night at 10 with a 1.4/4 and 7.3 million total viewers.

CBS ran repeats throughout the night, with "NCIS" at 8 taking most-watched honors with 12.7 million total viewers.

(Editing by Chris Michaud)

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