Ratings: Soft Return for ABC’s ‘Agent Carter’; CBS’ ‘NCIS’ Dominates Night

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CBS was the ratings winner in key demos on Tuesday behind the night’s dominant program, “NCIS,” while the CW and its DC Comics programming out-rated ABC and its Marvel programming, which included a sluggish return for “Marvel’s Agents of Carter.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC’s the hourlong special “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” didn’t do much leading off the night (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), placing fifth among the English-language broadcasters in the 8 o’clock hour. It was followed by the two-hour second-season premiere of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), which became the latest limited-run series across networks to return to noticeably lower numbers; the 0.9 last night was 0.4 below its low-water mark when it aired seven weeks in early 2015. By comparison, the lowest numbers this season for “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” in the Tuesday-at-9 hour were a 1.3 in 18-49 and 3.5 million total viewers.

“Agent Carter” will pick up some audience in delayed viewing, as it grew on average last season by 60% in adults 18-49 (1.5 to 2.4) and by 52% in total viewers (5.0 million to 7.6 million) when comparing its same-day averages to “live plus-7.”

Elsewhere, CBS opened the night with another strong “NCIS” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 17.4 million viewers overall), which was Tuesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (3.6/10), 12-34 (1.2/5) and total viewers. This was the show’s third highest rating of the television season, behind only its recent high set with an “NCIS: New Orleans” crossover (2.7) and its season premiere (2.5).

“NCIS: New Orleans” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall) was also above average and logged its third best score of the season, standing as the night’s No. 2 program in 18-49, 25-54 (2.7/7) and total viewers. The momentum stalled at 10 p.m., though, as “Limitless” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 from its prior original to hit a season low.

NBC kicked things off with “Hollywood Game Night” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from last week and matched its premiere demo score of two weeks ago while drawing its largest overall audience of the season. It was followed by “Chicago Med” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), which remain a potent tandem even if they predictably were down from their crossover-boosted averages of two weeks ago. This was the lowest score in six airings to date for “Med,” but this is a pretty good score considering it’s the first time it had neither a “Voice” lead-in or was part of a crossover storyline. And “Chicago Fire” wasn’t too far below its prior season average and was the easy timeslot winner among the broadcasters at 10 o’clock.

At CW, “The Flash” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) was on the low end of its season ratings range, but was up from its final original of 2015 and was the night’s top superhero-themed program; it also appears poised to round up to a 1.4 in the finals. The second-year drama was No. 1 in its time period in men 18-34 (1.3/6) and No. 2 in 18-34 (1.1/5), 18-49 and men 18-49 (1.6/6).

It was followed by a pair of half-hour specials that generated good numbers for the network: a preview of new Thursday series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) and “Dawn of the Justice League” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), a preview of upcoming DC Films.

At Fox, “New Girl” was down in its third week (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) but remains the network’s strongest comedy player on the night. It was followed by “Grandfathered” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), which were down a tenth from their most recent originals, and “The Grinder” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), which held at its most recent rating.

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  1. Freda says:

    I think Agent Carter is a great show, but It is up against NCIS. If they would change the time and day, I believe the show would be a great success.

  2. Sadie says:

    Agent Carter is a great show. I was beyond happy when it got renewed for a 2nd season. The show has a mixture of comedy, action, suspense, and drama.

    Please keep this show going for several more season! I believe the format of 10 episodes per season works great.

  3. The Flash lost a lot of fans because of sub-par writing, unnecessary characters and crossovers says:

    Lovely spin for lackluster ratings for The Floundering Flash.
    Horrible episodes for the first half of the season have just about ruined the show.
    Police Brutality Patty was a huge mistake, Huge !! Hope she’s gone for good after episode 11.

    Maybe. Just maybe, The Flash might get it’s magic back, but only if the writers do a better job and stop propping up certain characters who want to displace and or marginalize Iris West.

    Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is one few saving graces of season two. Let’s hope the writers don’t do a hatchet job on him like they have done with Candice Patton.

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