ABC Tuesday Comedies Premiere Low; CBS’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Strong in Second Week

Selfie ABC Ratings

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen national estimates released late Wednesday, the series premieres of ABC comedies “Selfie” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.31 million viewers overall) and “Manhattan Love Story” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.70 million viewers overall) looked a little healthier by getting a two-tenths upward adjustment. The nets dramas “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.05 million viewers overall) and “Forever” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.96 million viewers overall) both rose by 0.1, meaning the latter finished down 22% from its week-earlier timeslot premiere (1.8).

NBC saw its typical adjustment pattern, with “The Voice” gaining a tenth (4.1/13 in 18-49, 13.73 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” losing a tenth (2.3/7 in 18-49, 8.71 million viewers overall).

There were no demo changes for the CBS shows: “NCIS” (2.6/9 in 18-49, 18.84 million viewers overall), “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 16.57 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 10.72 million viewers overall).

At Fox, “New Girl” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.37 million viewers overall) was revised up a tenth to match its week-ago score, and “The Mindy Project” held at its earlier number (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.35 million viewers overall).


ABC comedies “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” got off to slow starts on Tuesday, an overall sluggish night for the net, whose “Forever” fell off in its second week. NBC won all six half-hours in demos with “The Voice” and hot third-year show “Chicago Fire,” while CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” had a good second-week showing — retaining more than 90% of its week-ago premiere.

NBC won the second Tuesday of the season in 18-49 and 25-54, and CBS dominated in total viewers.

According to preliminary “live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s “Selfie” settled for a 1.4 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers overall in Tuesday’s opening half-hour, and “Manhattan Love Story” followed with a 1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall — putting them on par with Fox’s “Red Band Society” as the lowest rated of the fall’s Big Four premieres in 18-49, and also making them the lowest-rated comedy bows to date on the network. One week earlier in the 8 o’clock hour, a special “Dancing With the Stars” results show did a 1.7 in the demo.

At least ABC could claim that its hour of comedy was higher-rated than Fox’s in the 9 o’clock hour (“New Girl” and “The Mindy Project”), but that’s not saying all that much.

The new ABC comedy hour was followed by “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which was down 0.4 from its week-ago season premiere and placed third in the 9 o’clock hour. And at 10 p.m., “Forever” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) was down a fairly steep 28% (0.5) in its second Tuesday airing — but still did about double what “Lucky 7” did with its second episode (which turned out to be its last).

At CBS, “NCIS” (2.6/9 in 18-49, 18.6 million viewers overall) remained a solid second in the 8 o’clock hour in demos and was the night’s most-watched program overall; it was down about 10% in young adults from its season premiere, but was up a little in total viewers as it likely picked up some ABC viewers as the net transitioned from “Dancing With the Stars” to comedy.

In its second week, the Scott Bakula-fronted “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 16.4 million viewers overall) placed second in demos and held most of its week-ago premiere demo audience: 92% in 18-49 (2.3 vs. 2.5) and 95% in total viewers (16.4 million vs. 17.23 million). And closing things out, “Person of Interest” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from its uninspired season premiere score of last week, and moved ahead of “Forever.”

NBC dominated Tuesday in young adults, with “The Voice” (4.0/13 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall) in line with its Tuesday premiere of last week. In previous years, the music show’s Tuesday episodes were a step below Monday’s in rating, but that hasn’t been the case in the early going this season, and is likely due to the especially strong competition it’s facing this fall on Monday, including “The Big Bang Theory.”

The Peacock is going with a two-hour “Voice” one more week, and will introduce its 9 o’clock comedies “Marry Me” and “About a Boy” on Oct. 14.

At Fox on Tuesday, “Utopia” remained very low (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), but at least it seems to be holding its audience. It was followed by “New Girl” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) in their third weeks of the season. “New Girl” was down a tick from last week to a firstrun series low, and “Mindy” edged up a tenth from last week.

CW aired the “iHeart Radio Music Festival” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall). Next Tuesday has the potential to be one of the net’s highest-rated nights in a while, as “Flash” bows and “Supernatural” kicks off its 10th season.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.5/11; CBS, 2.2/7; ABC, 1.5/5; Univision, 1.1/3; Fox, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.3 million; NBC, 12.0 million; ABC, 4.9 million; Univision, 2.9 million; Fox, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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  1. John Reagan says:

    ” “NCIS” (2.6/9 in 18-49, 18.6 million viewers overall) remained a solid second in the 8 o’clock hour in demos and was the night’s most-watched program overall”

    The best thing about this multi-city rehashed commercial TV are the scenes of New Orleans, a great little town. As to the tedious cast, they even had to bring characters in from other NCIS shows to boost them. Makes you wish for another Katrina just to see these boring people blown out to sea.

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