UPDATED: TBS won Tuesday in same-night demo numbers with its coverage of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs. The game averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.215 million viewers overall from 8 to 11:17 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen. This is baseball’s top-rated game of the postseason, edging out the National League wild-card game between the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates on TBS (2.6 rating in 18-49, 8.302 million viewers overall). And it tops all League Championship Series telecasts from last season.
The game, which earned a 7.0 overnight household rating in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, was especially dominant in the teams’ large home markets. The Mets’ 5-2 victory did a 19.0 household rating/29 share in Gotham and a 25.1/38 in the Windy City, meaning these cities, which make up 9.6% of the U.S. homes in Nielsen’s sample, accounted for 26.9% of the homes watching last night.
NBC topped CBS for the 18-49 lead among the broadcasters behind “The Voice” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 11.28 million viewers overall), which was the top show for the night in the demo and up a tick from last week. “Chicago Fire” remained solid at 10 p.m. (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.64 million viewers overall), down two tenths from its premiere but again beating both ABC and CBS for the hour in all key demos. Kicking off the night, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.81 million viewers overall) matched last week’s decent delivery; the show is not a world-beater in the ratings, but it’s doing well enough to suggest the network could order more episodes.
At CBS, “NCIS” remains a strong anchor (2.2/7 in 18-49, 17.21 million viewers overall), winning its hour among the broadcasters in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.3/9) and standing as the night’s most-watched program overall. “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 12.99 million viewers overall) is falling off more than its lead-in during its second season, but it was up a tenth from last week and placed second among entertainment series in demos for the 9 o’clock hour.
“Limitless” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.89 million viewers overall) was able to match last week’s result despite stronger baseball competition, edging out NBC’s “Chicago Fire” in men 18-49 (1.3 to 1.2) as the top series in its 10 p.m. hour. Last week’s episode rose from 1.4 to 2.3 in 18-49 and from 8.0 million to 10.8 million in overall viewers in “live plus-3” ratings.
CW’s “The Flash” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.47 million viewers overall) held at last week’s 18-49 rating and led the broadcast networks for the 8 o’clock hour in adults 18-34 (1.2/5, tied with “NCIS”) and dominated in men 18-34 (1.4/7). When Live+3 viewing for last week was tallied by Nielsen, the sophomore superhero series gained 40% or more from its same-day numbers in all categories, ranking as the No. 1 entertainment program for the night in men 18-34 and men 18-49. Also holding steady in demos last night for the CW was “iZombie” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), which was also up in total viewers.
Fox edged out CW on the night in 18-49, though its comedies “Grandfathered” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.33 million viewers overall), “The Grinder” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.86 million viewers overall) and “Scream Queens” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.59 million viewers overall) all held at their low levels of last week; “Scream Queens” was up vs. last week in adults 18-34 and total viewers. Fox’s Tuesday lineup will now be pre-empted for at least one week by the net’s coverage of the World Series.
ABC improved its fortunes in Tuesday’s opening hour with holiday specials “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (2.0/7 in 18-49. 5.98 million viewers overall) and “Toy Story of Terror” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.02 million viewers overall); the combo fared a little better when airing on Wednesday a year ago (in reverse order). The stronger lead-in seemed to help “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 3.85 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from last week and again figures to leap-frog “NCIS: New Orleans” to become the hour’s 18-49 scripted leader in Live+3. A special “Shark Tank” filled the 10 p.m. hour (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.55 million viewers overall) one week ahead of the series premiere of “Wicked City” in the timeslot.
BET’s 9-11 p.m. season premiere of “Being Mary Jane” was the top cable series of the night in 18-49 (0.93 rating for its first hour, 0.98 rating for its second) and all key female demos. The drama starring Gabrielle Union averaged a little over 2.2 million total viewers. It was also the No. 1 most social first-run series on television Tuesday night, garnering a total of 226,000 tweets by 2.2 million unique authors and generated 13.5 million impressions, according to Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings.