Ratings: NBC’s ‘Marry Me’ Solid in Premiere Tuesday

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UPDATE: In updated nationals released Wednesday afternoon by Nielsen, NBC’s “Marry Me” held at its preliminary score of 2.3/7 share in adults 18-49 while averaging 7.54 million viewers overall. The net’s “The Voice” edged up (3.4/11 in 18-49, 12.34m) but the back half of the night lost a tick: “About a Boy” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.83 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.11 million viewers overall).

CW got more good news for its hot new show “The Flash,” which was revised up in the nationals to a 1.7/5 in 18-49 and 4.27 million viewers overall. As a result, it retained a great 89% of its premiere-night 18-49 rating. The superhero series won its hour in men 18-34 (1.5/6) and beat drama timeslot competitor “NCIS” on CBS in adults 18-34 (1.3 to 1.2).

ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” edged up in the finals (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.70 million viewers overall), putting it slightly ahead of its low of last week. Staying the same in the demo were struggling comedies “Selfie” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.44 million viewers overall) and “Manhattan Love Story” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.87 million) and 10 p.m. drama “Forever” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.81 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “New Girl” held at its prelim level (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.27 million viewers overall) while “The Mindy Project” picked up a tenth (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.21 million viewers overall). “Mindy” built on its “New Girl” lead-in among women 18-34 (1.4 to 1.2) and likely picked up young femmes from NBC, which dropped noticeably in the demo from “Marry Me” (2.2) to “About a Boy” (1.5).

There were no demo changes at CBS: “NCIS” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 17.26 million viewers overall), “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 16.14 million) and “Person of Interest” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 9.72 million).


It’s been a mostly rough start for new comedies this fall, but NBC’s “Marry Me” looked pretty good in its premiere behind “The Voice” on Tuesday, while ABC’s rookies “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” may already be on a short leash after another soft night. Tuesday also saw good retention for CW’s “The Flash” in its second week.

NBC won the night in adults 18-49 and CBS in total viewers, with the nets tying in adults 25-54.

According to preliminary “live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, “Marry Me” opened with a 2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers overall in the 9 p.m. half-hour, making it the top-rated Tuesday comedy telecast on any network since the series premiere of “About a Boy” on NBC last March (2.5). But considering that “Marry Me” had a softer lead-in from “The Voice” (3.3 vs. 4.1 last March), its performance may have actually been stronger.

“Marry Me” won its timeslot lead in 18-49 (or tied with “NCIS: New Orleans” if it rounds down a tick in the nationals) and fared best in women 18-34 (2.4/8).

Tuesday started on NBC with “The Voice” (3.3/11 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) as the music contest was scaled down to an hour after opening the season with three two-hour installments. It was the night’s No. 1 show in most key categories even though these were its lowest firstrun Tuesday scores of the season.

Following the premiere of “Marry Me,” second-year comedy “About a Boy” had a solid-enough return (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), nearly matching its 1.9 average behind “The Voice” last season and placing second in its timeslot. The best news of the night for NBC may have been the strong 10 p.m. delivery of “Chicago Fire” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which won its hour in 18-49 by half a ratings point — building on its comedy lead-in, as it did last spring when it followed “Growing Up Fisher.”

At CW, “The Flash” averaged a 1.6/5 in 18-49 and 4.1 million viewers overall, down just 11% in 18-49 from its strong premiere of last week. It again outdrew the hour’s programs on ABC and Fox, and placed second to “The Voice” in the 8 o’clock hour in persons 12-34 (1.3/5)5 while winning the timeslot in men 18-34 (1.6/7).

With three days of DVR playback, last week’s “The Flash” surged to 6.2 million to make it CW’s most-watched series premiere to date.

The net capped its Tuesday with “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall), which was in line with its season premiere of last week.

At ABC, “Selfie” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “Manhattan Love Story” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) pretty much held at their week-ago prelim scores. The shows may be on a short leash at the network, in part because they aren’t helping the net’s 9-11 p.m. dramas “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Forever” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall).

CBS had its typically solid Tuesday, with “NCIS” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 17.1 million viewers overall) placing second in demos in the 8 o’clock hour while standing as the night’s top scripted program and the most-watched show overall. Both it and lead-out “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall) were down a tick week to week, with the newbie winning the 9 o’clock hour narrowly over NBC’s comedies while dominating in total viewers. Closing things out was “Person of Interest” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall), which was also down a tenth and placed second among the broadcasters in demos.

Fox opened with encores of animated Sunday comedies ” The Simpsons” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) and “Bob’s Burgers” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), followed by originals of “New Girl” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall). Opposite the new “Marry Me,” “New Girl” was down a tenth to its low while “Mindy” held at last week’s number opposte “About a Boy.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.4/7; CBS, 2.1/6; CW, 1.3/4; ABC, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.1/3; Fox, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.2 million; NBC, 8.7 million; ABC, 4.2 million; CW, 3.2 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Fox, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.

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  1. Kate says:

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