‘The Voice,’ ‘About a Boy’ and ‘Chicago Fire’ Pace Winning Tuesday for NBC

About a Boy Ratings

'Agents of SHIELD,' 'Glee' hit lows; 'Mind Games' tumbles

Solid numbers for new comedies “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher” sandwiched winning performances by “The Voice” and “Chicago Fire” as NBC captured Tuesday in key demos. Meanwhile, Fox’s “Glee” is looking tired in its new timeslot, and ABC’s “Mind Games” tumbled in its second week to officially become the net’s third bomb in the night’s 10 p.m. hour this season.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” was Tuesday’s No. 1 program in adults 18-49 (4.0 rating/12 share in adults 18-49) and 25-54 (5.3/14), rising nearly 10% from its Tuesday premiere of last week and seeming to take some audience away from competing programs like “Glee,” “NCIS” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” The music contest was followed by “About a Boy” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), which was up from its repeat timeslot premiere of last week (2.3 in 18-49) and led its half-hour in young adults, and “Growing Up Fisher” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), which was flat week to week and placed second in its 9:30 timeslot.

Closing the night, “Chicago Fire” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) won in 18-49 with its top score since Jan. 7. Overall, NBC ruled Tuesday in adults 18-49 and 25-54.

CBS, which led as usual in total viewers, saw season-low scores for its original crime drama lineup of “NCIS” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 17.7 million viewers overall), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall). “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Person of Interest” led their hours in adults 25-54, while “NCIS” was the night’s top scripted show in the demo (3.7/10) and was Tuesday’s most-watched program overall.

At ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) hit a low, down about 20% from its prior original of four weeks ago. It was followed by “The Goldbergs” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), which matched its most recent original in 18-49 despite additional comedy competition this time, and “Trophy Wife” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), which dropped off sharply from its lead-in. At 10 p.m., the second week of “Mind Games” sunk to a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 2.1 million viewers overall — down 45% from last week (when it had a much stronger lead-in courtesy of “The Bachelor”) and below the recent low averages for “Killer Women” in the timeslot; another rookie 10 p.m. Tuesday drama for ABC, “Lucky 7,” was canceled last fall after it fell to a 0.7 in its second week.

Fox’s “Glee” hit a low (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), ranking a distant fourth among the Big Four in 18-49 for the 8 o’clock hour. Given that, “New Girl” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) held up well enough — on par or up slightly from their scores of last week despite facing comedies on two other networks for the first time.

CW’s “The Originals” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) were both on the low side.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.7/8; CBS, 2.1/6; ABC, Fox and Univision, 1.2/3; CW, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.2 million; NBC, 9.8 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Fox, 2.7 million; CW, 1.9 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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