‘Agents of SHIELD’ Down Again in Demo, ‘Goldbergs,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Up Tuesday

Brooklyn Nine Nine

CBS' 'Person of Interest' edges ahead of NBC's 'Chicago Fire' in 18-49 demo for the first time

UPDATE:  In the final same-night national estimates from Nielsen this afternoon, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” edged up to a 2.7/8 in 18-49 and 8.40 million viewers overall; that left it down a tick in 18-49 from last week but up in total viewers. The only other broadcast program to rise in the nationals was NBC’s “The Voice” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 13.14m), which finished up slightly from last week.

Losing a tenth from their preliminary results were CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 14.9m) and Fox’s “The Mindy Project” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.69m).

On cable, FX’s hot “Sons of Anarchy” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 4.38m) again beat out its broadcast drama competition in 18-49 for the 10 o’clock hour. And the return of ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars” scored well (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.18m), as the show ranked No. 1 for all of television on the night in females 12-34 (4.3/13) and No. 2, behind “The Voice,” in women 18-34 (3.8/10).


Despite no longer having to face NBC’s “The Voice,” ABC rookie drama “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” has continued to trend downward in the ratings, last night declining for a fourth straight week and falling further behind CBS vet “NCIS” among young adults.

The Alphabet’s “The Goldbergs” edged up for the first time, while Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” also gained a bit.

NBC and CBS were the top networks on the night, with the Eye prevailing early with “NCIS” — Wednesday’s most-watched program overall — and the Peacock claiming the night’s biggest draw in key demos, “The Voice.” The nets were in a virtual demo draw closing out the night, as CBS’ “Person of Interest” edged ahead of “Chicago Fire” in the 18-49 prelims.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” averaged a 3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 18.6 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, on par with last week’s prelim score and opening up some distance on ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall). The new drama had seen rather steep drops with its second and third episodes earlier this month (up against NBC’s “The Voice”) but has lost a bit more each of the past two weeks — even though the competition became lighter as “The Voice” gave way to “The Biggest Loser.”

“SHIELD” still placed second for its hour in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers while leading in key male demos, and is also faring better than anything else the net has aired in the timeslot in years.

Elsewhere, “NCIS” was followed on CBS by the steady “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 14.9 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 12.9 million viewers overall), the latter of which pulled slightly ahead of NBC’s “Chicago Fire” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall). One week ago, “Fire” had led by three-tenths in the prelims (2.4 to 2.1) and ending up winning by just a tick (2.3 to 2.2).

Compared with a year ago in the same Tuesday timeslot, “Chicago Fire” was up about 10% over “Parenthood” (1.9) in 18-49, and “Person of Interest” soared 38% above what “Vegas” did last year (1.6).

Following “Agents of SHIELD” on ABC, “The Goldbergs” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) showed its first uptick in the prelim nationals, rising from last week’s 1.6; the show had fallen in tandem with its lead-in the previous three weeks, so any growth has to be considered a positive. It was followed by “Trophy Wife” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which was down another tick, and a special repeat of “Shark Tank” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), which improved the time period over recent weeks (“Lucky 7” and “Scandal” repeats).

At NBC, “The Biggest Loser” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) was down 13% from its season premiere of last week, placing third at 8 o’clock. “The Voice” followed (4.0/11 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall), on par or up slightly from last week depending on how it ends up in the nationals.

Fox’s “Dads” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) was down a tick in the demo from last week, but “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” edged up (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall). (The Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher comedy has been opening up some distance on the Seth MacFarlane-created show in DVR playback.)

“New Girl” held steady at 9 (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), but the show is no longer the tentpole it had been in the past; its 5 share was only slightly better than the 4 share for the three other Fox comedies. At 9:30 p.m., “The Mindy Project” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) again showed pretty good retention of “New Girl” and finished ahead of “Trophy Wife” in 18-49.

At CW, newcomer “The Originals” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) was down in demos from its series high of last week, though it held steady in total viewers. And at 9, vet “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) matched its scores of last week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.7/8; CBS, 2.6/7; ABC, 1.7/5; Fox, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.3/4; CW, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.5 million; NBC, 9.0 million; ABC, 5.1 million; Fox, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.4 million; CW, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.1 million.

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  1. Hank Davis says:

    I think people want Shield to be the Avengers on the small screen and that’s just not possible. I enjoy Shield for what it is and I don’t compare it to the movie. I do a fan podcast about the show and the majority of the people we interact with enjoy it. I think it’s hard for some people to get over the fact that the TV show just doesn’t have the budget to make it a weekly Avengers episode.

    • Scottie says:

      I take shield for what it is, a wonderful weekly show based in the Marvel Universe. it’s not a movie with a big budget. its just a TV show that kicks ass.

      • Henry Pym says:

        Two great veteran actors trying to hold up 4 young models who can’t act to save their lives. There is so much potential here, but it’ll take biting the bullet and seriously changing the line-up to save it.

        Joss needs to sit in on the next round of casting.

  2. Dana says:

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is painfully boring, I gave up on it

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