Ratings: ‘NCIS’ Duo, ‘The Flash’ Among Tuesday Gainers

NCIS Ratings
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Several shows saw their ratings fortunes improve on the first Tuesday since the end of Daylight Saving Time and the first one in a while without postseason baseball. CBS’ “NCIS,” NBC’s “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” and CW’s “The Flash” were among the shows on the rise and the Eye’s “NCIS: New Orleans” spiked to a season high. But nothing could help ABC’s new drama “Wicked City,” which fell off from its already low premiere of the previous week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS won the night in key demos thanks to a six-week high for “NCIS” (2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 17.8 million viewers overall), which was up 0.2 from last week and stood as Tuesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (3.5/10) and total viewers. The net’s standout, though, was “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 14.0 million viewers overall), which was up 0.3 week-to-week to its season high and led its time period in adults 25-54 (2.8/7) as well as total viewers. Also up, by a tick, was 10 p.m. rookie “Limitless” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall).

NBC fell behind CBS for the night in 18-49 because “The Voice” swapped out its original hour for a recap show (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was 0.6 lower than last week’s regular episode but still led the 9 o’clock hour in 18-49. The network held up well on either side of the music competition series with “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which was up 0.2 from last week with its season finale and drew its best 8 p.m. numbers to date, and “Chicago Fire” (1.8/6 in 18-49,  8.1 million viewers overall), which was within a tenth of last week’s season high despite a reduced lead-in.

At ABC, “The Muppets” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) held steady in the demo while rising in total viewers, and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) also was in line with last week. In its second week, “Wicked City” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 from its quiet premiere. Barring a quick turnaround, “Wicked” may not last much longer on Tuesdays.

Fox aired a night of originals even though the shows didn’t appear in many program listings due to the quick conclusion of the World Series. “Grandfathered” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Scream Queens” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) were steady, but in between them “The Grinder” fell to its low (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall).

At CW, “The Flash” was up in numerous categories, hitting season highs in 18-49 (1.5/5), total viewers (3.73 million) and men 18-49 (1.8/6); it was No. 1 in its time period in adults 18-34 (1.2/5) and men 18-34 (1.3/5) and tied with ABC for No. 2 at 8 p.m. in 18-49. And “iZombie” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) was steady in 18-49 while hitting season highs of its own in 18-34 (0.6/2), men 18-34 (0.6/2) and total viewers.


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  1. Jeremy Sisto should be sending his resume to NBC in hopes of being one of the Detectives in case NBC ever gets its act together and brings back Law & Order. How difficult would it be NBC to put Jeremy Sisto, Benjamin Bratt or Danny Pino(pick 2) with Kathryn Erbe and Linus Roache, Carey Lowell and Sam Waterston all together in a hurry? Difficult? Then maybe you’re not trying hard enough. Or maybe you have lots of incompetent people working there. Make it happen NOW!

  2. Dead Westwick says:

    Not surprising that 300 million people aren’t excited about watching what Jeremy Sisto tweeted as, “Corpse Sex.” Wicked City is pathetic. ABC should save their money and clip a few episodes off the order! ….and probably rethink their relationship with Mandeville. Corpse Sex? What the heck!

  3. The Flash needs Iris West and Barry and Iris says:

    If Iris West is going to be appropriately featured in an episode of The Flash, and not marginalized, penciled in, dumbed-down, deprived of a point of view, etc., I will watch the show. Last night’s episode was actually enjoyable, and even though the writers have all but erased the season one relationship between Barry and Iris, fans are able to derive some comfort and hope for their future. The interaction between Gustin and Patton is magical and tugs at the heartstrings.

    Betting a great deal of money was spent to promo the Barry/Patty date during the Supergirl pilot. In reality, a lot more mileage was probably reaped from the leaked photo stills of Candice Patton and Malese Jow. Somebody needs to wake up and realize this whole “Barry date his own Felicity thing is failing miserably.” Barry loves Iris and they belong together, and together they make The Flash play like a fine tuned instrument. Patty scenes are like a cat screeching !

    There is not telling what the future episodes of The Flash will look like, but if anybody in charge has working brain cells, he or she will make sure available film is edited to enable fans to reap some semblance of enjoyment from the show. What is not desirable viewing has been made clear.

    Barry and Iris for the WIN ! Honorable mention to “Harry” and Carlos and Linda, and anyone else but the horny Caitlin, who needs to get lost. She is second in superfluousness, to Patty.

  4. cadavra says:

    Well, my DVR didn’t record “The Grinder” because it was listed as pre-empted and the correction was not made. I’ll watch it OnDemand, and I’m surely not the only one who’ll be doing so, but that had to have an impact on the ratings.

    Oh, and ABC? Congratulations on replacing FOREVER with a show that won’t live to see Thanksgiving.

    • Seriously says:

      What about Revenge? Or its spinoff Kingmakers?

      From what I’ve been reading, Blood & Oil is a disaster, The Catch, Of Kings and Prophets. And now Wicked City. Seems like they made all the wrong decisions this season.

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