Ratings: ‘iZombie,’ ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Rise on Good Night For Comic Book Dramas

Izombie Agents of Shield Ratings
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CBS won Tuesday in key demos behind its “NCIS” dramas, but a pair of comic book-themed dramas — ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and CW’s rookie “iZombie” — were up week to week opposite the Eye’s “NCIS: New Orleans,” which itself was up. NBC’s “The Voice,” meanwhile, remained the night’s top show in young adults despite a decline.

According to preliminary live plus same-day national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (1.9 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 15.4 million viewers overall) was down 0.3 week to week to hit a season low, though it figures to revise upward to at least a 2.0 in the nationals; it was the night’s No. 1 scripted program in demos and the No. 1 program overall in total viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) were both up a tenth from last week and swept their hours in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

CW had a good night with its “Arrow” crossover on “The Flash” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), which was up week to week and beat firstrun ABC and Fox programming in 18-49; it also won its hour in men 18-34 (1.2/6). And at 9, “iZombie” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) is a lock for renewal after rising a tick for its best 18-49 rating since its premiere. And in 18-34, it hit a series high (0.7/3), tying with the NBC comedies and coming within a tenth of “NCIS: New Orleans.”

For the night, CW beat Fox in 18-49 and came within a tenth of ABC.

At ABC, “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) was even with last week and figures to once again stand as the night’s top comedy in 18-49 in Live+3 ratings. “Repeat After Me” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) was also on par with its prior episode, and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was up a tick for a second straight week and led its hour in men 18-49 (1.8/6), men 18-34 (1.1/5) and adults 18-34 (1.1/5). A special repeat of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 10 p.m. (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) matched last week’s demo score for firstrun drama “Forever.”

NBC’s “The Voice” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) was down 0.3 from last week’s rating to a Tuesday firstrun low for this cycle, even if it picks up a tick or two in the nationals as expected. It was Tuesday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 as well as 25-54 (3.3/10) and 18-34 (1.6/7). It was followed by another solid result for “Undateable” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from its prior result to match its second best rating to date. “One Big Happy” is starting to tail off a little behind it (1.1/3 in, 3.7 million viewers overall), down a tenth from its last episode. A repeat “Chicago Fire” closed the night (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), keeping NBC from winning the night as usual.

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” was down a tenth (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and was followed by a repeat “New Girl” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and a new “Weird Loners” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall), which was down a tenth from last week when it had an original “New Girl” lead-in.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.7/6; NBC, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.2/4; Fox and Univision, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.9 million; NBC, 6.3 million; ABC, 3.4 million; CW, 2.7 million; Univision, 2.5 million; Fox, 2.4 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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  1. srvwp2013 says:

    Why in anyone’s name are we allowing our children, youth, youngsters, teen-agers, adolescents, young adults to grow up (actually they are not growing up, they are dumbing down) with this “zombie” and other crap!? It is no wonder that the youngsters of our time think and believe that life is not real. At least even back in the 50’s and 60’s we had sit-coms that may not have been “real” or hard-hitting, such as “Ozzie and Harriet,” “Leave It To Beaver,” “Father Knows Best,” “Dick Van Dyke,” “Bob Newhart,” et. al, but at least they bore some resemblance to actual societal living conditions. The only non-human mutant creatures we see hulking around in public these days are members of the NFL in Stadia on various days and nights of the week. The sophmoronic “creatives” who sit around in a/c’d bungalows and trailers in Hollywood should be given shovels and directed to do REAL work!

    • sssss says:

      What I Dont understand is why all of you people are trying to compare stuff from back in your day those were different timesi and you people have already lived why do you keep trying to impose your views on today’s generation and were dumbing down please the 50s was an era filled with racism homophobia and misogyny so dont even try to compare.

    • CaptainIconic says:

      All of the shows you mentioned above were shown during the times of George Reeves’ Superman, Adam West’s Batman, The Twilight Zone, Flash Gordon, One Step Beyond, The Outer Limits and countless other shows that defied “life” as it was known to be then. I think your disappoint lies in comparing sit-coms to “zombies.”

    • Have you actually watched one episode of iZombie? It doesn’t sound like it. It’s a smart, well-written, and well-acted show with a great sense of humor. It’s also based on a series of well-received comics from Vertigo. All of the shows you mentioned above may have been good in your day, but no one in today’s society is going to take any of them (and their out-dated philosophies on life) seriously now. Comics are often used to teach important lessons about life, just in a different way than you are probably used to seeing. It doesn’t make them “crap.” Rather, it just makes them different. Also, you should really watch a show before you decide to complain about something you clearly know nothing about, as well.

      • Amber Seitz says:

        Standing ovation for that reply, Jeff. Took the words right out of my mouth. You can learn more about life today (and how to live it) watching “unrealistic” shows like iZombie than television directed at a completely different generation.

    • Dude says:

      Take a nap, Grandpa – you’re cranky…….

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