'NCIS' Duo, 'Originals' Close Strong Tuesday;

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen nationals released Wednesday afternoon, NBC’s “The Voice” gained a tenth (2.6/9 in 18-49, 10.96 million viewers overall) to pull even with CBS’ “NCIS” (2.6/9, 16.95 million) as the top series of the night.  Tying these as Tuesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49 was TNT’s coverage of Game 5 of the NBA playoff series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder (2.6/9 in 18-49, 6.26 million).

Also adjusted up in the nationals were ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.45 million viewers overall) and “The Goldbergs” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.26 million). Losing a tenth in the nationals were CW’s “The Originals” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.76 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.74 million viewers overall).

 

They’ll be broken up for the first time next fall, but “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” performed very well as a tandem Tuesday, with their season finales ranking as the night’s top programs and lifting CBS to victory. The original appears to have beaten NBC’s “The Voice” head-to-head in young adults for the first time.

Also of note, the finales of CW’s “The Originals” and series on NBC and ABC also showed gains, but Fox delivered anemic numbers for its “Glee” finale and “Riot” premiere, placing below CW on the night.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (2.6 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 16.8 million viewers overall) was the night’s top program, rising 13% (0.3) from last week to edge ahead of NBC’s “The Voice” (2.5/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) in 18-49. It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall), which held rose 14% (0.3), holding onto nearly all of its demo lead-in and dominating the 9 o’clock hour; in the fall, “NCIS: Los Angeles” heads to Monday while the new “NCIS: New Orleans” airs Tuesday at 9. Closing the night for CBS was “Person of Interest” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), which grew two-tenths week to week to lead its hour (tying with NBC’s “Chicago Fire” in 18-49).

For the night, CBS won in 18-49 (2.3 to 2.0 for NBC) while dominating in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

At NBC, “The Voice” held steady (2.5/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), but “About a Boy” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) rose two-tenths from last week in its regular-timeslot finale; a second episode at  9:30 p.m. dropped a little (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall). At 10 p.m., “Chicago Fire” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) held steady as it closed its second season, matching its top rating since Jan. 7 and tying with CBS’ “Person of Interest” for the hour’s 18-49 lead.

In its finale, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) was up a tick over its preliminary score of last week, placing third in 18-49 and second in male demos. It was followed by the season finale of “The Goldbergs” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), which was up a little from last week, and what the finale of “Trophy Wife” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), which rose two-tenths. “Celebrity Wife Swap” held steady at 10 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).

At Fox, “Glee” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) hit another series low as it wrapped its season; the show, which has shifted its focus away from high school and took a tumble in the ratings in recent months, figures to undergo some tweaks when it returns for its final season. And at 9 p.m., comedy-improv series “Riot” opened to a mere 0.5/1 in the demo and 1.3 million viewers overall — believed to be the lowest rating ever for a Big Four series premiere outside of Saturday night.

CW’s “The Originals” closed its first season well (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), beating “Glee” across the board; it was up 50% (0.3) from last week’s low score. Also up at 9 p.m. was vet “Supernatural” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), which also beat Fox in its hour.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.3/7; NBC, 2.0/6; ABC, 1.9/6; CW, 0.9/3; Fox, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.1 million; NBC, 8.1 million; ABC, 3.8 million; CW, 2.1 million; Fox 1.6 million.

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