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UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates released Wednesday afternoon, a winning CBS held at its prelim demo levels while its “NCIS” surpassed the 18-million viewer mark (18.10 million).

NBC saw a typical one-tenth trade between “The Voice” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.82 million viewers overall), which edged up, and “Marry Me” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.02 million viewers overall) edged down. “Chicago Fire” looked even stronger with an upward tick (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.75 million viewers overall).

Two 8 p.m. shows, CW’s “The Flash” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.73 million viewers overall) and Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.27 million viewers overall), picked up a tenth. There were no changes for the ABC shows.

On cable, FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” notched a strong 2.4/7 in 18-49 while averaging 4.62 million viewers overall, leading all of television for the 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 and male demos.


CBS moved to the top of the demo leaderboard on a Tuesday for the first time this season, as “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Person of Interest” all shot up while NBC’s “The Voice” slid — though the shows behind it held up well.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 17.9 million viewers overall) matched its highest 18-49 rating since Sept. 29, moving up to tie NBC’s “The Voice” as the night’s top show in the demo and ruling outright as Tuesday’s top gun in both adults 25-54 (3.9/11) and total viewers.

And without “The Voice” as competition this week, “NCIS: New Orleans” had a good bounce-back week (2.3/6 in 18-49, 16.7 million viewers overall), retaining more than 90% of its “NCIS” lead-in in several categories and coming within a tick of its best score (2.4) since its premiere. “Person of Interest” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) also was up, placing a competitive second to “Chicago Fire” in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 2.0) and tying it in 25-54 (2.6).

With all three shows up 0.3 from their prior originals of two weeks ago, CBS logged its first Tuesday 18-49 victory since May while dominating as usual in total viewers.

NBC has to be concerned with the slippage at “The Voice” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which was down 0.4 week to week to hit a first-run season low, though it tied as the No. 1 show of the night in 18-49 (with “NCIS”) and was No. 1 outright in all female demos. But despite that drop, “Marry Me” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) was up 0.3 from its prior episode of two weeks ago (following a “Voice” recap episode) when it fell behind Fox’s “New Girl” head-to-head in 18-49 for the first time. “About a Boy” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) similarly rose and moved back ahead of Fox’s “Mindy Project.”

The Peacock’s Tuesday standout was “Chicago Fire” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which logged its second best score in six weeks — behind only last week’s episode, which initiated a three-show crossover storyline — and its best yet with “About a Boy” as a lead-in. The third-year drama also was up a tick over the comparable night a year ago when it had more than twice the lead-in at 9:30 (3.2 for “The Voice”).

At Fox, “MasterChef Junior” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) came down 0.3 from the 1.8 rating of its first two weeks of the season (possibly affected by airing opposite a special “Shark Tank” repeat on ABC) but continues to be a nice timeslot upgrade for the net compared to where it started this fall. “New Girl” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) was up a tick from last week, while “The Mindy Project” held steady (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall).

ABC opened with a special “Shark Tank” repeat (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which at least improved upon the net’s recent performance in the 8 o’clock hour with comedies, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” was about average behind it (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), up a tick from last week, and “Forever” remained low at 10 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), matching last week’s score.

CW’s “The Flash” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, and “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) was up across the board, matching its season high in adults 18-34 (1.1/4) and drawing its largest overall audience since January.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.2/7; NBC, 2.0/6; Fox, 1.4/4; ABC and CW and Univision, 1.2/4; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.7 million; NBC, 7.7 million; ABC, 4.5 million; Fox, 3.4 million; CW, 3.1 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.