'NCIS' most-watched show of night for second place CBS
“The Voice” carried NBC to a win over CBS on Tuesday, although the Eye telecast the two most-watched programs of the night.
Getting down to its winter finale, “The Voice” scored a 3.5 rating/10 share in the 18-49 demo, with 11.3 million viewers overall, according to early estimates from Nielsen. That rating was exactly even with a week ago.
Peacock can also take some pleasure in knowing that lead-out and new gameshow “Take It All,” hosted by Howie Mandel, improved a notch off its so-so start on Monday. The hourlong episode drew a 2.3/6, but the downside for the network is that 4 million viewers left NBC as “The Voice” ended and didn’t stay with “Take It All.”
At 10 p.m., “Parenthood” has remained a solid, if not spectacular, performer and won the timeslot. “Parenthood” (2.0/6, 5.7m) was up from the 1.8 of last week and matched its season high.
CBS was second to NBC at both 8 and 10 p.m. “NCIS” (2.8/8) was the most-watched show of the night as 17.5 million tuned in. That number dropped to 14.9 million for “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which scored a 2.6/7. Both series hit season lows in the demo.
“Take It All” was best in 18-34 in both half-hours versus “NCIS: Los Angeles,” but the procedural spinoff was much stronger in 18-49 and 25-54.
“Vegas” (1.5/4, 10.2m) has not turned out to be the hit CBS thought it had the potential of becoming, but it did dominate in the 10 o’clock hour in total viewers.
With its all-comedy lineup, Fox failed to win any half hours. Best for the net was “New Girl” (2.0/5, 4.2m) at 9 o’clock, which was even in the demo and slightly up in total viewers when compared against last week’s numbers.
Seeing a slight jump from a week ago was “Raising Hope” (1.7/5, 4m). That was followed by a repeat of “Ben & Kate” (0.8/2, 2.2m). At 9:30, “The Mindy Project” (1.4/4, 3m) also nudged up and was tied with the second half of “Take It All” for best in the 18-34 demo.
ABC garnered little traction Tuesday. Alphabet started the night with special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (1.7/5, 5.6m). That segued into comedies “Happy Endings” (1.3/3, 3.2m) and “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” (1.0/3, 2.5m), which were both last in their respective 9 and 9:30 timeslots compared to the other Big Four nets.
At 10 p.m. “Private Practice” (1.2/3, 3.7m) lost 700,00 viewers from a week ago and seems to be losing steam as it ends it series finale early next year.
A new episode of “Hart of Dixie” was up a tenth (0.6/2, 1.4m) for the CW, but suffered decreased viewership. Repeat special “Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” (0.4/1, 1m) was a nonfactor.
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.6/7; CBS, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.6/4; Fox, 1.5/4; ABC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.5/1.
In total viewers: CBS, 14.2 million; NBC, 8.1 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 3.8 million; Fox, 3.3 million; CW, 1.2 million.