TV Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Enters Home Stretch, Stephen Colbert Wins Over Jimmy Fallon Again

This Is Us Ratings Feb 14
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This Is Us” stumbled just a bit as it entered its home stretch Tuesday night, but its Valentine’s Day performance was still enough to make it a big bright spot for NBC, coming in with a 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.97 million viewers with just two more new episodes left in the season. “The Wall” led into “This Is Us” with a solid 1.4 in the demo and 5.73 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” pulled in a steady 1.5 and 6.71 million viewers.

Over on CBS, which (as usual) dunked on everyone else in terms of total viewers, “NCIS” drew a solid 1.8 in the demo and 15.05 million total viewers. “Bull” weighed in with a 1.3 and 10.57 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” notched a 1.2 and 10.22 million viewers.

One interesting note: If you look at the number of 18-34 viewers as a percentage of the “NCIS” audience, that percentage is lower than many other shows on the night. But “NCIS” — typically thought of as the show you watch when you’re at your parents’ house — last night drew the same 18-34 rating as NBC’s “Chicago Fire” — a 1.0 — tying for second place in that demo for the whole night and showing that when you cast a wide enough net, you get more of just about everybody.

ABC’s Tuesday comedy block mostly dipped from last week. “The Middle” held steady with a 1.5 in the demo and 6.25 million viewers, but “American Housewife” ticked down to a 1.4 and 5.27 million viewers. “Fresh Off the Boat” lost a couple tenths with a 1.0 and 3.64 million viewers. “The Real O’Neals” came in with a 0.8 and 2.89 million viewers. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” drew a 0.7 and 2.17 million viewers.

Fox’s Tuesday appears to have found its level. “New Girl” held with a 0.9 and 2.14 million viewers. “The Mick” ticked up slightly to a 1.0 and 2.47 million viewers. “Bones” brought in a 0.8 and 2.98 million viewers.

The CW aired a “Tough Mudder” challenge at 8 p.m., which drew a 0.3 in the demo and 770,000 viewers, and followed it up with a “The Flash” repeat that brought in only a slightly smaller crowd (0.2, 709,000).

In late night, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is continuing its winning streak over “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in total viewers, according to Nielsen’s metered market overnights. Colbert on Tuesday drew a 2.8 household rating to Fallon’s 2.2, though Fallon is still ahead in the 18-49 demo in these preliminary results, 0.7 to 0.6.

As a reminder, many of these series will see lifts of 50% or more once viewership within three and seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make to advertisers.

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  1. Canv says:

    Based on my viewing tastes I would agree with the Late Night ratings leaning now to Colbert. He is extremely smart, edgy, and funny and carries the same ‘edge’ that Letterman had. I always waited for Dave to eviscerate Paris Hilton without her even knowing it. He had a Columbo style to him. Insofar as Fallon, Jimmy is extremely talented musically, and a friendly guy, and likeable, but he tries to be all things on all people. It is his fake enthusiasm about how much he likes everyone and kisses their behind that causes me to reach for the insulin. Insofar as Youtube subscribers , those numbers aren’t valid for TV advertising revenue. Google will use that to sell ads on Youtube but aren’t relevant for this measure. I now have a trapline of Colbert, TDS, and then Stef Meyers.

  2. STEPHEN COLBERT is a perfect blend of information, intellect, & disarming humor. Current events, humor, & energy is what he offers. I automatically record his show in case I miss it. In addition, because he is so spontaneous, there are many “did he really say or do that moments. It gives me a chance to rewind and review.

  3. Viewer Sj says:

    Most people don’t watch live TV anymore

  4. Mike Dropper says:

    So funny that a decades old political polling system did not accurately pick up all of the Trump voters, and now a decades old ratings system is saying repeatedly that Colbert is beating Fallon in late night! Puh-leez.

    Wake up.

    If you want to see who people actually watch check out their Youtube subscribers.

    -Fallon 13+ million
    -Colbert = 2+ million

    Mic drop.

    • Canv says:

      Hey Mike Dropper, the polling system was accurate.You fail to remember that Clinton won by 3 Mil. votes, it was the electoral college campaign that went to Trump which was fair and square, except for the external influencing that I don’t think was controlled by either party. Insofar as TV viewership it’s accurate, but Youtube subscribers isn’t TV, it’s the venue of Google and they will use those numbers to their advantage. It’s important to be able to read and interpret information and have a general understanding of how things work before making comments. I think that is exactly how Trump voters got duped into casting their votes his way. Did you see Trump blame the media yesterday for Flynn’s resignation, NOT Flynn for taking the stupids actions he did and lying about it. People will still believe Trumps version for the same reasons, not understanding the information in a news article and taking the time to think about it.

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