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ABC's 'Goldbergs' edges Fox's 'New Girl' in 18-49

UPDATE: In updated network estimates issued Wednesday afternoon by Nielsen, 8 o’clock dramas “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” on ABC (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.63 million viewers overall) and “NCIS” on CBS (3.0/8 in 18-49, 20.84 million) were adjusted up a tick, meaning they both finish up a tenth from their last original episodes of 2013.

Also revised upward was NBC’s “Chicago Fire” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.10 million viewers overall), helping it tie with CBS’ “Person of Interest” in 18-49 and finish within 9% of its most recent original episode (airing behind “The Voice”).

There were no changes in the demo for the premieres of “Intelligence” on CBS (2.4/6 in 18-49, 16.48 million viewers overall) or “Killer Women” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.96 million viewers overall).

CBS dominated the first Tuesday of 2014 in key demos, with Josh Holloway drama “Intelligence” putting up solid numbers behind “NCIS,” which drew its largest overall audience of the season. It was slow going, though, for the debut of ABC’s limited series “Killer Women.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” averaged a 2.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 20.7 million viewers overall, matching its most recent original in the demo while gaining more than 1 million total viewers. The preview of “Intelligence” followed (2.4/6 in 18-49, 16.6 million viewers overall), delivering numbers similar to what “NCIS: Los Angeles” typically draws in the hour and becoming the most-watched series premiere of the season. CBS accomplished its goal of getting the drama about an intelligence operative with a super-computer chip in his brain in front of as many people as possible before it moves to its regular timeslot next Monday at 10. At 10 p.m. last night, “Person of Interest” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) was flat vs. its most recent first-run episode.

CBS won the night by 33% in 18-49 and 68% in 25-54 over runner-up NBC, with “NCIS” and “Intelligence” sweeping their half-hours and “Person of Interest” tying for the 18-49 lead and ruling in the other categories. In total viewers, the Eye’s average audience of 16.5 million on Tuesday was more than ABC, NBC and Fox combined.

At ABC, the premiere of eight-week drama “Killer Women” posted a modest 0.9/2 in 18-49 while drawing 3.9 million viewers overall — the second 2014 drama bow on the net to come in below a 1 demo rating (“The Assets” did a 0.7 last Thursday). In the fall, the net’s “Lucky 7″ premiered to a 1.3 rating and only lasted one more week.

Earlier for the net, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was up a tick from the prelim score of its most recent original. It was followed by “The Goldbergs” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), which logged its best demo score since November, edging out Fox’s “New Girl” in 18-49 and faring 21% better (0.3) than “Happy Endings” in the timeslot a year ago. At 9:30 p.m., “Trophy Wife” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) matched its most recent demo score.

At Fox, “Dads” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) were about in line with their most recent performances, but “New Girl” hit a season low (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) — down 16% from its most recent original and is no longer the clear-cut leader of the net’s comedy block. At 9:30 p.m., “The Mindy Project” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) was up a tick from its most recent episode, retaining about 80% of its lead-in and edging past ABC’s “Trophy Wife” in 18-49.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was down 15% (0.3) from its most recent episode, which benefited from airing on the night of the “Voice” finale. And at 10 p.m., “Chicago Fire” still looked pretty good even without a “Voice” lead-in (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), tying with CBS’ “Person of Interest” in 18-49 even if it was down 14% in 18-49 from its most recent original (2.2).

CW aired repeats of “The Originals” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall). Both shows return in originals next week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.4/7; NBC, 1.8/5; ABC and Fox, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.3/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 16.5 million; NBC, 5.9 million; ABC, 5.0 million; Univision, 3.4 million; Fox, 3.2 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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