New Girl

Vet matches a series low two nights after logging the top demo score for any comedy in 10 years with its post-Super Bowl episode

Two nights after getting substantial sampling following the Super Bowl, Fox’s anchor comedy “New Girl” and newcomer “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” returned to Tuesday and matched their series-low demo deliveries — with the former finishing a bit behind ABC rookie “The Goldbergs” in young adults.

CBS ruled the night with its crime dramas, while NBC was above average with its season finale of “The Biggest Loser.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “New Girl” averaged a 1.6 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall — just a fraction of the 11.4 demo rating (the top score for any comedy telecast since the “Friends” finale on NBC in 2004) and 26.3 million viewers who watched the comedy’s special episode on Sunday following the net’s coverage of the Super Bowl. Far from getting a boost from Sunday’s sampling, the Zooey Deschanel half-hour matched a series low, coming in below its same-night 18-49 average this season (1.8 rating) and its most recent Tuesday original of Jan. 21 (1.9). It was up a bit from its season average in total viewers (3.5 million vs. 3.2 million). “New Girl” finished a bit behind ABC’s rookie 9 p.m. comedy “The Goldbergs” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which has now beaten the Fox show “New Girl” in 18-49 on three recent occasions.

Faring better relative to prior performances was “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in its first post-”New Girl” Tuesday outing (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) — down a tick in the demo (from 1.5) and up in total viewers (from 2.4 million) compared to its season average at 8:30 but also at a series low. “Brooklyn” did retain a good 85%-90% of its “New Girl” lead-in in key categories, and easily beat ABC’s competing “Trophy Wife” in 18-49.  Kicking off the night for Fox was “Dads” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), which matched its prior original’s demo score.

Fox notes that ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was the last post-Super Bowl entertainment series to see a true bounce following in its next regularly scheduled episode, but the net can’t be too happy with its comedies’ performances on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, CBS won from 8 to 10 p.m. with “NCIS” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 19.3 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 16.4 million viewers overall), with the former on par with its prior original and the latter having a stronger-than-usual showing and rising about 20% from its last fresh episode. At 10 p.m., “Person of Interest” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) was up a tick from its prior original of three weeks ago, leading its hour in adults 25-54 (3.1/8) and total viewers.

For the night, CBS led in 18-49 and 25-54, while drawing about the same number of total viewers (15.4 million) as ABC, NBC and Fox combined. (The net’s program averages could be adjusted slightly due to college basketball-related preemptions/delays in two North Carolina markets.)

At NBC, the special “Winter Gold: NBC’s First Look at the Sochi Olympics” did a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall, and was followed by the finale of “The Biggest Loser” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), which weighed in with its best numbers since its Oct. 15 premiere but was down 19% in 18-49 from its year-ago finale (2.7 rating in March). Week-to-week, “Biggest Loser” rose about 30% in 18-49, beating its broadcast rivals in 18-49.

ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was down a tick in 18-49 from its most recent original of three weeks ago (though it could round up in the nationals). It was followed by “The Goldbergs” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which was off a tenth as well but held up well opposite “New Girl.” Another rookie comedy, “Trophy Wife” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), continues to lose a big chunk of its “Goldbergs” lead-in and was down a tick from its last new episode. The low-rated “Killer Women” closed things out (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall).

CW’s “The Originals” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) was down from last week when it faced repeats of its broadcast drama competition, but “Supernatural” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) was about on par with its showing of a week ago opposite the State of the Union on competing networks.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.7/7; NBC, 1.9/5; ABC and Fox, 1.4/4; CW, 0.9/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.9 million; NBC, 6.7 million; ABC, 4.6 million; Fox, 3.4 million; CW, 2.3 million.

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