‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Cops Top Rating Since September as Fox Block Rises

Rookie, coming off Golden Globes triumph, gains sampling vs. repeats of 'NCIS,' 'SHIELD'

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Cops Top Rating Since September Fox Block Rises

It took a week — and repeats of key timeslot rivals — but Fox’s rookie laffer “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” appears to have gotten a post-Golden Globes bounce, drawing its highest in-season demo score to date nine days after picking up the kudocast’s top comedy award.

With CBS airing repeats of its crime dramas, NBC won the night in key demos behind timeslot victories for “The Biggest Loser” and “Chicago Fire” while the Eye still dominated in total viewers. Tuesday was also a good night for the CW, whose “Supernatural” drew its largest overall audience in more than three years (pending updates).

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” averaged a 1.9 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers overall in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour, building by 27% in the demo from its “Dads” lead-in (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) for its best score since its series premiere (2.6), which aired one week before the start of the TV season.

Airing opposite repeats of “NCIS” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Brooklyn” was up 36% (0.5) week-to-week while “Dads” grew by 25%. The Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher laffer tied with “Biggest Loser” as the No. 1 broadcast of the night in 18-49 and was No. 1 outright in men 18-34 (1.6/6) and men 18-49 (1.9/6).

“Brooklyn” even outperformed lead-out “New Girl” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), though the latter was up 13% itself week to week and moved back ahead of ABC’s “The Goldbergs” in 18-49. “Brooklyn” will air after “New Girl,” at 9:30 p.m., beginning next month — and the shows will also air original episodes in the hour after Fox’s coverage of the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

At 9:30 p.m., “The Mindy Project” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) grew 36% (0.4) from last week to log its top rating since Nov. 5.

Overall, Fox had its best Tuesday since the first week of the TV season (Sept. 24). In addition to facing repeats, the comedies also likely audience due to promotion during a big week for the net that included the return of “American Idol” and Sunday’s huge NFC Championship game in football, which drew more than 57 million viewers.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) rose 12% (0.2) week to week. And at 10, “Chicago Fire” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago demo score while rising a bit in total viewers.

ABC’s repeat of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) was followed by original episodes of “The Goldbergs” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) and “Trophy Wife” (1.0/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), which were down 17% and 9% respectively from the previous week following a “SHIELD” original. At 10 p.m., “Killer Women” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) held at its low demo level while edging up in total viewers.

At CBS, “NCIS” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 13.9 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) were competitive with original programming on rival networks in 18-49 and won the two-hour block in adults 25-54 and total viewers. “Person of Interest” closed things out (1.2/3 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) with a second-place demo finish among the broadcasters.

CW’s “The Originals” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) also were on the rise, with the latter drawing its largest overall audience since October 2010. “Supernatural” edged ahead of ABC’s “Trophy Wife” in 18-49 for the 9:30 half-hour, and the network finished ahead of the Alphabet for the night. (Note that CW aired college basketball in about 2.4% of the country, so its preliminary numbers could be adjusted in the nationals.)

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.9/5; Fox, 1.7/4; CBS, 1.5/4; CW, 1.1/3; ABC, 0.9/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 10.5 million; NBC, 6.8 million; ABC and Fox, 3.8 million; CW, 2.5 million.