ABC Comedies Solidify Tuesday While ‘The Voice’ Thumps Special ‘X Factor’

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NBC wins in demos with extra hour of top show; CBS' 'NCIS' is most-watched show overall

UPDATE: There were no significant changes in the national estimates from Nielsen this afternoon, with NBC’s “The Voice” edging up (3.6/10 in 18-49, 11.62 million viewers overall) and cementing its status as Tuesday’s top show in 18-49. Also up a tick in 18-49 were CBS’ “Person of Interest” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 12.00 million viewers overall) and CW’s “The Originals” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.05m).

On cable, the opening game of the NBA season on TNT (Chicago vs. Miami) averaged a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and 5.37 million viewers overall — matching the same scores of last year’s Boston-Miami opener. The second game, pitting the Los Angeles Lakers against the Los Angeles Clippers, did a 1.8 in 18-49 and 3.57 million total viewers, down from the geographically diverse Dallas-Lakers game of last year (2.1 in 18-49, 4.30m).


NBC won Tuesday in key demos behind an extended episode of “The Voice,” which handily beat Fox’s special night of “The X Factor” in their common hour. Also of note on the night, ABC rookie comedies “The Goldbergs” and “Trophy Wife” increased their chances of getting a back-nine order with solid performances.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC followed “The Biggest Loser” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) with a two-hour “Knockouts” round episode of “The Voice” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall), which won all four half-hours in demos. Even though both of NBC’s reality shows were at season lows, the net won Tuesday in 18-49 and has now captured the night all six weeks to start the season.

Fox’s “The X Factor,” which has been off the schedule during the net’s coverage of the World Series, aired a special two-hour Tuesday edition, which posted the show’s lowest scores of the season (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall). Head-to-head from 9 to 10 p.m., “The Voice” beat “X Factor” by 150% in 18-49 (3.5 to 1.4) and by 108% in 18-34 (2.7 to 1.3).

CBS, second on the night in 18-49 and first in 25-54 and total viewers, was led as usual by the steady “NCIS” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 19.0 million viewers overall), Tuesday’s No. 1 scripted show in all categories and the most-watched program overall. It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall), which was up a bit from last week and was a solid No. 2 for its hour in adults 25-54 (3.6/8). And closing the night, “Person of Interest” hit a same-night low (1.8/5 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) to place second among the broadcasters in 18-49 and 25-54; it beat out the special second hour of “The Voice” in total viewers.

At ABC, the first repeat of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) did not affect the comedies airing behind it. “The Goldbergs” held steady week to week in 18-49 (1.7/4) while rising a bit in total viewers (to 5.4 million), and “Trophy Wife” edged up in both categories (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) to a three-week high. Halloween episodes tend to provide a ratings boost to comedies, and the ABC shows may have benefited from a lack of comedy competition for the first time, as Fox pre-empted “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” for a special “X Factor.”

Last night’s “Goldbergs” and “Trophy Wife” averaged a 1.55 rating in 18-49, which is nearly 20% better than the 1.3 the net garnered a year ago in the hour (opposite “New Girl” and “Mindy” on Fox) with “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23.”

CW’s “The Originals” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) matched their week-ago scores in 18-49 while growing in adults 18-34, matching the net’s best Tuesday average (1.0/3) in two years. “Originals” saw an especially big boost in early DVR numbers for last week’s episode, more than doubling its score among women 18-34. (This may have to do with the fact that it’s now going opposite ABC Family’s tough “Pretty Little Liars”).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.0/8; CBS, 2.5/7; Fox, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.3/3; ABC, 1.2/3; CW, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.2 million; NBC, 9.6 million; Fox, 4.8 million; ABC, 4.1 million; Univision, 3.2 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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  1. Broadcast tv needs a ratings infusion STAT! says:

    Person of Interest demo number(1.8) is awful considering the solid performance from 9pm lead show NCIS L.A. There’s no way to justify that drop-off other than POI is dying a quick death in its new timeslot from viewer abandonment. ABC’s comedy lineup is a slight improvement over last year’s mix of trashcoms and that they held well despite being sandwiched between two low rated repeat programs, Shield and Shark Tank, is some sign of positivity for a network that has failed miserably this fall. They’re going into November with a hole in the 10pm hour, numerous dead shows just filling a space, (Wonderland, Betrayal, and any other ABC show hovering at a 1.2 demo level), and several new shows only slightly better than a 1.2 demo- see the Tuesday night comedies. What helped ABC? FOX airing the dead X-Factor boosted everyone else on the night. A 1.5/ 4 million views for that show is embarrassingly bad. Then again, all of FOX’s shows that have been off the air for a long while now are going to take a hit when they return in November. Some may recover. Some may not recover. NBC has the only show left with some magic in it on Tuesdays. It singlehandedly salvaged what would have been a poor showing of a night from Biggest Loser and Chicago Fire. NBC though is going to quickly wear out The Voice’s power. Dancing With The Stars has already gained and passed on it in total viewers and is up in demo.

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