Ratings: CW’s ‘The Flash’ Soars to Season Highs; ‘NCIS’ Shows Roll for CBS

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The first Tuesday of the February sweep brought out original programming on all the broadcast networks, with CBS rolling behind “NCIS” and an above-average “NCIS: New Orleans,” and CW again finishing ahead of ABC thanks to season highs for “The Flash.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Flash” (1.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) surged to its top 18-49 rating since its first crossover episode with “Arrow” in December 2014, placing second for its hour in the demo as well as total viewers. It also swelled by 25% in adults 18-34 (to 1.5), racking up the show’s highest rating since its series premiere. In both adults 18-34 and men 18-34, the Scarlett Speedster delivered the top broadcast rating of the night. (Note that CW did have some small-market pre-emptions for college basketball, though the network didn’t expect any real changes in the finals.)

“iZombie” followed for the CW (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), matching its highest demo rating since the show’s season premiere last fall.

At CBS, “NCIS” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 16.8 million viewers overall) was Tuesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers, in line with its most recent original of three weeks ago. “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) was on the high end of its season range, matching its top non-crossover demo score of the season. Capping the night, “Limitless” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) placed second among the broadcast dramas, up a tick from the low it set with its prior episode three weeks ago.

NBC held steady with its lineup of “Hollywood Game Night” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), “Chicago Med” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall). “Med” placed second at 9 p.m. to “NCIS: New Orleans,” while “Fire” again beat its rivals at 10.

Fox’s “New Girl” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) matched its season high and may have benefited from ABC’s decision not to open the night with comedy. It was followed by typical scores for “Grandfathered” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and an uptick for “The Grinder” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), which had hit a low one week earlier.

Tuesday continues to be a major struggle for ABC, which placed fifth among the English-language broadcasters on the night. Numbers for the network’s programs on are subject to revision in the nationals due to a five-minute news special at the top of the night on the New Hampshire primaries, but in the prelims “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and “The Muppets” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) matched their lows in their second week back to the lineup.

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) held at its low level; last week’s episode delivered the show’s highest Live+3 percentage lift to date (+63%, 0.8 to 1.3). And “What Would You Do” again barely registered at 10 (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall).


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  1. Nobody would give a rats behind if they would just from now on quit with the badly written melodrama thats infected the flash show. Why do they continue injecting that crap into the show? Do the audience really wanna see that crap? I dont think so, ppl want superhero action and not superhero dysfunctional teen unrealistic melodrama. Remove that shit or it will be the end of the show.

  2. Lululemon says:

    We are in 2016 and not in the 1800, racism is still present but thank god its only a minority, its great era for comics since u even have wonder woman who is a great step for women , u have mr terrific in arrow which plays a gay character snd even captain singh in the flash.. Mixing criticisim and racism is usually a flaw for some people… Dont live in the past , its 2016 …. I love iris brother in the other hand he has talent.

  3. Renny says:

    Earth 2 is a special place for The Flash and its cast. Let us hope the magic of Earth 2 is not lost during the return trip to Earth 1.

    Any possibility of losing the magic should result in permanent Earth 2 residence.

    A lot of fans, and I am one, are still basking in the happy glow of entertainment excellence.
    Season two of The Flash began last night.

  4. PBS says:

    This was a fantastic episode and finally let every single character play instead of being relegated to the sidelines. It incorporated everything that I loved in season 1: humor, heartstrings (Barry’s call to his mom), action, villains, family, suspense, etc. What makes The Flash such a great show is that it has 75 years of comic book lore and as long as the writers remember that, draw from that and let the characters develop without sinking into melodramatic shipper territory, The Flash will only keep speeding away with rising ratings.

  5. PJ says:

    It was nice to see executive producers keep their promises about the show and its direction.
    The Flash was really good last night.

    Candice Patton and Grant Gustin were fabulous! So glad the writers and producers are no longer swayed by the naysayers and racist fear mongers . The ratings speak for themselves. More Barry and Iris = more viewers in the desired demographic and a better show.

    Just look at those ratings !

  6. Lululemon says:

    What a great episode last night so much references to the comics and almost everyone was great , all those easter eggs were a delight to see, however i noticed the more time Iris gets, the more her acting performance which is soso reminds me of katie cassidys poor acting in previous seasons of arrow

  7. It's a pleasure to enjoy The Flash again says:

    Last night’s episode of The Flash was the most enjoyable of the season. The direction and writing were excellent, and the exciting pace of the non stop action made the wonderful story line riveting.
    The BARRY and IRIS interactions were GLORIOUS and Grant and Candice were magical !!! The chemistry they have is off the charts….

    Thanks to whomever decided to flip the switch and get this show back on track. The first half of season two was cringe-worthy and a lot of fans had just about given up on the show. There is renewed hope The Flash will recover its potential to be brilliant and fun to watch.

    This fan is looking forward to next week and future episodes of superb quality that encourage and allow the actors to display their talents. Candice Patton and Grant Gustin make each other and the show better and they are a joy to behold.

    Kudos to Jesse L. Martin and his cool crooning, Carlos Valdes and his awesome Vibe and Floyd Lawton’s poor shooting skills. Captain Singh was lovely too!

    It’s a great day………..The Flash is Back !

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