Tuesday Ratings: ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘The Voice’ Put NBC Back on Top

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A return to all-original programming helped NBC bounce back to a leadership position in key demos on Tuesday, with “The Voice” standing as the night’s top program and “Chicago Fire” winning its hour. Of note at ABC was a solid finish for comedy “Fresh Off the Boat” and an uptick for the conclusion of “Repeat After Me.”

One week after an all-original CBS drama lineup lifted the Eye to a rare 18-49 victory on a night opposite “The Voice,” it was NBC that was all originals this time. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” (2.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) was steady week to week in the demo and likely will round up in the nationals. It was followed by comedies “Undateable” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which took a step back by dropping 0.2 (though it could pick up a tenth in the nationals), and “One Big Happy” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), which looked better by comparison as it held at last week’s number.

Looking good at 10 p.m. was “Chicago Fire” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), which easily beat the firstrun dramas on CBS and ABC and matched its prior rating when it didn’t air behind “The Voice.” In 18-49, “Chicago Fire” grew by a hearty 45% on its lead-in (1.6 vs. 1.1).

At ABC, “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) matched last week’s score, which represents a 10-week high for a comedy that seems like a shoo-in to be renewed for a second season. It was followed by the season finale of “Repeat After Me” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth and posted its best scores in most categories since early March.

“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” continued its quietly solid march towards its season finale (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), likely to go up to a 1.6 in the nationals. It hit a four-week high in total viewers and did a best-since-season premiere score in women 18-34 (1.2/4). At 10 p.m., “Forever” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall), followed by an original “CSI: Cyber” on a special night (1.2/4 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall). This is a low for the first-year show, but it earns points for building on its repeat lead-in; regular timeslot occupant “Person of Interest” did a 1.5 in the hour a week ago, but that was with a 1.8 lead-in from an original “NCIS: New Orleans.”

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) is limping to the finish line, down 0.2 from last week. And following another “New Girl” repeat (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall), “Weird Loners” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) was down a tenth to match last Sunday’s “American Odyssey” as a low-water mark score for a Big Four original.

CW’s “The Flash” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and “iZombie” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) were a smidge below last week.

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  1. Roger Williams says:

    Nanci…you should read a book about advertising. People above 49 have been scientifically shown to have already been set in their ways and are less affected by advertising. It is because no amount of ads will change someone’s mind that someone over the age of 49 is not worth as much in the eyes of an advertiser. No offense.

  2. Nanci Hughes says:

    I find your reporting of the number one show always a bit disconcerting. NCIS always is the number one watched show, yet you will give the voice the nod each week because younger people watch it. When people are sitting in front of a TV they should all count for the same . I know this is for the advertisers who think the young have more spending power. I find that hilarious and wonder if ad Execs are all 15 years old because otherwise they would know it is the well established older generation who is spending the most money, because they have the most to spend.

    No matter what they think NCIS is the most watched Television show in the world and should be given that respect!

    I will say congratulations to Mark Harmon and the cast and crew of NCIS for delivering a consistently great show which runs head to head with any other show on TV even when they show a repeat. Also congrats to CBS which is the top runner in both Daytime and Prime time.

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