CBS Tops Tuesday in Demos; ‘NCIS’ Gets Big, Easy Win in Total Viewers

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NBC had another good Tuesday with “The Voice” and its first-year comedies but CBS won out in key demos and had a big, easy win in total viewers thanks to “NCIS,” which aired the backdoor pilot of what would become “NCIS: New Orleans.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s “The Voice” (3.3 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) won in demos at 8 p.m. over CBS’ “NCIS” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 17.3 million viewers overall), though the gap was closer as the music contest was down 7% and the veteran drama edged up. Tuesday’s episode of “NCIS,” which was the night’s most-watched program overall, featured Scott Bakula and other characters who would appear in “NCIS: New Orleans,” a candidate for next season’s CBS schedule.

CBS followed up “NCIS” with “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall), which showed strong retention of its lead-in and also was up a bit from last week in winning the hour in 18-49 and other categories. And closing out the night, “Person of Interest” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) rose 18% (0.3) from last week and seemed to pick up viewers from NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” which aired a repeat.

Both “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Person of Interest” logged their best numbers since Feb. 4.

NBC followed up “The Voice” with comedies “About a Boy” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and “Growing Up Fisher” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), which easily beat their Fox comedy competition, “New Girl” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall).

For Fox, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which aired its season finale, built slightly on its lead-in. Kicking off the night, “Glee” remained low (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), on par with last week.

ABC aired mostly repeats, starting with “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), followed by “The Goldbergs” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) and “Trophy Wife” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) and then an original of drama “Mind Games” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall). Despite airing the encores, “Goldbergs” drew more total viewers than Fox’s “New Girl,” and “SHIELD” drew roughly the same number of viewers as Fox’s “Glee” in the same hour.

CW got more good sampling for new drama “The 100,” which opened the night with a repeat (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), which opened well last week in its regular Wednesday timeslot. And at 9 p.m., “Supernatural” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) matched last week’s 18-49 score while rising in total viewers and male demos. For the night, CW tied with ABC in 18-49.

NBC had a strong showing in latenight, where “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (1.3/6) beat the combined 18-49 deliveries of “Late Show With David Letterman” (0.6/3) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5/2) in the markets where data was available. And an hour later, “Late Night With Seth Meyers” also drew a higher Tuesday rating (0.8/5) than Letterman and Kimmel despite starting an hour later.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.3/7; NBC, 2.1/6; Fox and Univision, 1.2/3; ABC and CBS, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.0 million; NBC, 7.8 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Fox, 2.6 million; ABC, 2.3 million; CW, 1.8 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.

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  1. Steve Jones says:

    5 minutes into NCIS intro to New Orleans spinoff I wanted to kill myself. Why must Hollywood insist on making actors use lousy, over-pronounced “southern” accents? Agent LaSalle is wretched and Bakula can’t seem to stick with his. Either let the actors use their own speaking voice, or find native speakers. Besides not all of us from the south sound like uneducated hicks

  2. David Sousa says:

    Finally…some good writing and characters this year on NCIS. I was starting to worry about my favorite show.

  3. Pat Rodgers says:

    Liked the King character, hated the woman that pronounced err like “UR”. Why do they make people in shows set in the south sound like that on TV? To “UR” is human I guess. Like the other guy said I watched because I love NCIS and respect Scott B. Still needs work on casting the New Orleans show.

  4. Dave snider says:

    Don’t let viewership of episodes including the new Orleans element cloud your judgment, I watched out of loyalty to NCIS, just like those episodes of RED.

  5. Jack Heacock says:

    NCIS has been our #1 favorite for five years…but we will stop watching because of the overriding noise background…we struggle to hear the dialogue. Please cut the background noise by 75% and we can continue to enjoy the show.

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