Ratings: CBS’ ‘Zoo’ Opens OK But Soccer, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Rule the Night

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CBS drama “Zoo” unleashed some decent ratings in its premiere Tuesday, a night otherwise dominated by the end of the Women’s World Cup match between USA and Germany on Fox and then NBC reality shows “America’s Got Talent” and “I Can Do That.”

Nielsen will issue reliable total-viewer estimates later today, but the World Cup semifinal averaged a strong 3.3 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 9 million viewers overall on Fox’s stations from 8 to 9. Team USA’s prior game, against China on Friday, averaged a 1.9 rating in 18-49 and 5.6 million total viewers on the net’s stations from 8 to 9:30 p.m., which translated into a 2.0 demo rating and 5.74 million total viewers in the nationals. Fox this Sunday will air coverage of the tournament’s championship match between USA and either England or Japan.

Fox followed soccer with the sports-themed special “Beat the Champions” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), whose preliminary numbers in the 9 o’clock hour are likely inflated by soccer, which spilled over into the 9 p.m. half-hour by about 10 minutes. Overall, Fox edged out NBC for the night’s 18-49 lead and posted its top Tuesday average (preliminary 2.2) since the World Series last October.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “Zoo” averaged a preliminary 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers overall in the 9 p.m. hour, ranking second among the summer’s scripted series premieres in the demo and No. 1 in total viewers; it held steady in most categories on the half-hour. The drama based on a James Patterson novel didn’t get much of a demo lead-in, as soccer seemed to cut into the repeat number for “NCIS” at 8 (0.8/3 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall). A year ago, CBS introduced Halle Berry drama “Extant” to stronger numbers (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.58 million viewers overall), though that Wednesday 9 p.m. launch benefited from a much higher-rated lead-in courtesy of “Big Brother.”

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (2.4/9 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) held up well opposite the big soccer action on Fox in most of the country, down just slightly from last week and again the night’s No. 1 series in all categories. And closing out the night, “I Can Do That” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) ended its run with a second straight week of growth, winning its hour in key demos.

ABC remains a non-factor on the night with encores of comedies “Fresh Off the Boat” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and the two-hour “Extreme Weight Loss” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall).

And CW aired repeats of “The Flash” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “iZombie” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.2/8; NBC, 2.1/8; CBS, 0.9/3; Univision, 0.8/3; ABC, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 8.8 million; CBS, 7.2 million; Fox, 5.9 million; ABC, 2.4 million; Univision, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.9 million.

    TV Ratings Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Women’s World Cup: USA vs. Germany

    (8:00 Fox)

    9.0 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    America’s Got Talent

    (8:00 NBC)

    10.6 Million Viewers
  3. 3.

    I Can Do That

    (10:00 NBC)

    5.3 Million Viewers
  4. 4.


    (9:00 CBS)

    8.1 Million Viewers
  5. 5.

    Beat the Champions

    (9:00 Fox)

    2.7 Million Viewers

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  1. Emma Johnson says:

    In the UK I loved the inspiring BBC series Our Zoo about an eccentric but ordinary working class family called the Mottersheads, who founded a zoo without bars in the 1930s, They hoped to improve the way animals were kept in captivity. Today it is Chester Zoo, a charity and the largest, most innovative and conservation focused zoo in the UK It’s a pity this family drama was never shown in the States.

  2. Emmali says:

    I actually though the show was pretty good

  3. Julia Newborn says:

    Zoo had decent ratings? It went up against a talent show and a ladies soccer game and got destroyed. Me thinks the zoo will be closing soon.

  4. Peter says:

    Cancel Zoo. I want my wasted hour back.

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