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Tuesday night saw the premiere of two new broadcast dramas — “Bull” and “This Is Us” — with both coming strong out of the gate.

On NBC, ensemble piece “This Is Us” drew a 2.8 rating and 10 million viewers at 10 p.m. following “The Voice,” according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. That’s up 33% in the demo and 69% in total viewers from what “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” did following “The Voice” on the equivalent night last year. In its second night of the season, “The Voice” was again the evening’s top show in the demo. The singing competition drew a 3.4, down one tenth from last fall’s night two, and 12.2 million viewers, down less than 1%.

CBS’ “Bull” managed to build on its “NCIS” lead-in and far outperformed last season’s “NCIS: New Orleans” premiere in the same timeslot. “Bull” drew a 2.2 in the demo and 15.5 million total viewers, up 29% and 23%, respectively, from an “NCIS: New Orleans” debut that enjoyed a stronger lead-in than the one “Bull” received. Leading off the night, the season premiere of the “NCIS” flagship drew a 2.1, down 16% from last fall, and 15.6 million viewers, down 14%, but still attracting the evening’s largest audience. “NCIS: New Orleans” closed out the night at 10 p.m. with a 1.4 and 11.2 million viewers, down 18% and 11% from its 9 p.m. start last fall. The sophomore spinoff was also down 36% in the demo, but up 13% in total viewers from what “Limitless” did in the same timeslot last year.

NBC was the night’s top network, averaging a 3.2 demo rating and 11 share. CBS followed with a 1.9 / 7.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” drew a 1.5 demo rating and 8.5 million viewers. “Agents of SHIELD” followed with its season-four premiere, down 35% in the demo and 27% in viewers from last fall’s debut with a 1.1 and 3.6 million viewers. ABC was third with a 1.4 / 5.

After beginning its last season on football-boosted Sunday night for Fox, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” led off the network’s Tuesday-night lineup with a 1.0 in the demo and 2.4 million viewers. The season-six debut of “New Girl” outperformed its lead-in with a 1.2 and 2.3 million viewers. The second season of Ryan Murphy’s horror comedy “Scream Queens” debuted to a 1.0 and 2.2 million viewers, down 41% in the demo and 45% in viewers from its 8 p.m. premiere last season. Fox finished fourth with a 1.1 / 4.

On the CW, a new “Mad TV” followed a rerun of “The Flash” with a 0.2 demo rating and 600,000 viewers. The network averaged a 0.3 / 1 for the night.

 

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