×

CBS Takes Tuesday in Demos; NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire,’ Fox’s Comedies Rise

CBS won the second Tuesday of the May sweep in key demos behind “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” even if the former was at a season low. Still, it nearly caught NBC’s downtrending “The Voice” as the night’s No. 1 program among young adults. ABC’s top shows “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” and “The Goldbergs” were also lower than last week, but Fox saw upticks for the season finales of “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.”

As we get deeper into May, television usage levels continue to be lower than usual, especially early in the evening. Nielsen estimates that just 28.9% of adults 18-49 were watching TV last night from 8 to 9 p.m. — down 9.7% from the comparable night a year ago (32.1%). Those usage numbers improved some as the night wore on, with the 9 p.m. hour off 5.6% from last week, and the 10 p.m. down 3.2%.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (2.3 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 15.7 million viewers overall) was down 8% week to week but placed a closed second in both 18-49 and 25-54 for its hour (and among all shows on the night) while ranking as Tuesday’s most-watched series overall. It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 14.0 million viewers overall, pictured), which was up a tick from last week and retained nearly all of its demo lead-in from the original “NCIS.” Closing the night was “Person of Interest” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), which dropped about 10% week to week, placing a close second for its hour in 18-49 while winning in adults 25-54.

In addition to its first-place finishes in 18-49 and 25-54, CBS dominated as usual in total viewers — averaging nearly as big a crowd on the night (13.4 million) as NBC, ABC and Fox combined (13.7 million).

At NBC, “The Voice” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) declined about 10% week to week to a series low, holding the slimmest of advantages over “NCIS” in both 18-49 (2.4 to 2.3) and 25-54 (3.4 to 3.3). The net’s middle-hour comedies “About a Boy” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) and “Growing Up Fisher” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) declined in tandem with “The Voice,” also hitting lows. But at 10 p.m., “Chicago Fire” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) was up 6% (its second straight telecast to grow from the prior week) to hit a six-week high and lead the hour in 18-49.

ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) was down 5% from its week-ago prelim to match its low, again placing third in its hour in 18-49 and tying “NCIS” for the lead in men 18-49. After hitting xxx-week highs last week and moving ahead of NBC’s “About a Boy” in 18-49, ABC’s “The Goldbergs” dropped more than 20% to a season-low 1.3/4 in 18-49 (4.1 million viewers overall); it finished a two-tenths behind “About a Boy” but edged out Fox’s “New Girl.” Also tumbling from last week and hitting a low was “Trophy Wife” at 9:30 (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall), but “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) was up slightly and again built on the struggling first-year comedy.

Fox’s “Glee,” which abandoned its high school setting midway through this season and seems to be paying for it in the ratings, matched its series low (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) and ranked a distant fourth among the Big Four in the 8 o’clock hour. The season finale of “New Girl” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) followed with a one-tenth improvement from last week, and “The Mindy Project’s” closer (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) was up two-tenths to build slightly on “New Girl.”

At CW, “The Originals” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) both lost two tenths week to week, with the former at its season low.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.1/6; NBC, 1.9/6; ABC, 1.3/4; Fox, 1.0/3; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.4 million; NBC, 7.7 million; ABC, 3.7 million; Fox, 2.3 million; CW, 1.6 million.

More Data

  • Arturo Guillén

    Arturo Guillen: An International Vision for a Global Business

    MADRID  — In 1996, when still at high school, Spain’s Arturo Guillen, having flunked some exams, took a summer job at Entertainment Data Inc.(EDI), which had just set up in Spain, intent on delivering computer-collected box office results to distributors. Cinema theaters would start relaying results from 10 pm, Guillén recalls. Sometimes the computer froze, [...]

  • India, South Korea Lead Surge in

    India, South Korea Lead Surge in Asian Production, Rights Spending

    Spending on film, TV and online video content in Asia grew by 12% in 2018, a significant leap from 8% the previous year. The strongest growth came from India and South Korea, with Indonesia and Vietnam following. Data from the latest edition of Asia Video Content Dynamics, published by research and consultancy firm Media Partners [...]

  • Pride Parade and Festival in Salt

    New Study Shows Decline in LGBTQ Acceptance Among Young Americans

    A new study from GLAAD shows a significant decline in LGBTQ acceptance among young Americans aged 18-34. In a national survey among U.S. adults called the Accelerating Acceptance Index, the percentage of young Americans reporting being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven scenarios dropped from 53% to 45%, marking the second consecutive [...]

  • Majelan

    French Podcast App Majelan Launches With 13 Million Audio Episodes Across 50 Countries

    While the podcast space is heating up with a variety of players including Apple, Audible, Spotify and Luminary, a smaller-yet-promising French app called Majelan is rolling out across 50 countries with an international library of 280 000 audio series, or 13 millions episodes, in 15 languages. Majelan is also kicking off with 20 original or [...]

  • Globe Centred On Asia And Oceania,

    APOS: Online Video Headed for 15% Annual Growth, Disrupting Asia Markets

    A blistering 15% annual growth of online video will give the Asian video industry (TV, pay-TV, home entertainment and streaming) a growth rate nearly double that of North America for the next five years. According to a new report from Media Partners Asia, published on the eve of the APOS conference in Indonesia, Asia’s online [...]

  • FICCI-Frames: Digital Growing, But TV Still

    FICCI-Frames: TV Dominates India's Entertainment Sector (Study)

    India’s creative industries sector, comprising television, film, OTT and related industries had an overall market size of $23.9 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow 12% to reach $33.6 billion by 2021. That is according to the annual EY report released during the Frames conference in Mumbai, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    European Cinema Admissions Down 3.3% in 2018, but Hit 1.25 Billion for Fourth Year in a Row

    European cinema admissions hit 1.25 billion for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, despite dropping 3.3% from the record level set in 2017, according to figures released Wednesday by the International Union of Cinemas, or UNIC. Total box office revenue across Europe hit at least €8 billion ($9.1 billion), also for the fourth year running. The figures [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content