Tuesday Ratings: ‘NCIS,’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ a Winning Pair For CBS

CBS dominated the first Tuesday of the February sweep in key demos behind “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” — the top two shows of the night — while NBC’s “Chicago Fire” had some heat in primetime’s final hour as it kicked off another crossover storyline with “Chicago PD.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 18.6 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 16.4 million viewers overall) were down a bit from their two January episodes but easily won their timeslots in 18-49.

The “NCIS” shows beat their combined ABC-NBC-Fox-CW timeslot competition in total viewers, and CBS did that for the night as well. CBS notes that “NCIS: New Orleans” is averaging a larger overall weekly audience (18.63 million in most-current Nielsen numbers) than any drama at this point of a season since ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” in the 2004-05 season.

The relative laggard on the night for CBS was “Person of Interest” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), which was down a bit more from its prior original than its skedmates. It still led its hour in adults 25-54 (2.3/6) and total viewers.

NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) delivered its lowest demo rating of the season even though it grew a bit in total viewers. Despite a repeat “Parks” lead-in at 8:30 p.m. (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), comedies “Marry Me” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and “About a Boy” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) did their best ratings in four 2015 airings.

Closing the night, “Chicago Fire” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was up a tick from last week as it began its two-night crossover storyline with “Chicago PD.” It won its hour in 18-49 — its first outright demo victory over an original “Person of Interest” since Nov. 18 — but came nowhere close to the 2.2 it did on Nov. 11 when it kicked off a three-show crossover with “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD” in November.

ABC had a nice start to the night with a special “Shark Tank” original (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), matching its most recent Friday airing and up a tick over the 1.8 it did with a first-run hour in the timeslot in January. From there, “Agent Carter” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) matched last week’s score and “Forever” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week to hit its same-night low.

At Fox, “MasterChef Junior” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week and may have been impacted by extra unscripted competition from “Shark Tank.” It was followed by “New Girl” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), which held at last week’s 18-49 scores; “New Girl” tied with “NCIS” as Tuesday’s top program in adults 18-34 (1.3/5).

At CW, “The Flash” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) held steady at the previous week’s season-low 18-49 score but saw some nice gains in both adults 18-34 (1.2/5) and men 18-34 (1.4/6). “Supernatural” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) bounced back from its atypically low scores of last week, and for the night CW was Tuesday’s No. 1 broadcaster in men 18-34 (1.1/4) and persons 12-34 (1.0/4, tied with Fox).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.1/7; ABC and Fox, 1.4/4; NBC and Univision, 1.2/4; CW, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.7 million; ABC, 5.2 million; NBC, 4.0 million; Fox, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.0 million; CW, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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