UPDATE: In Nielsen nationals released late Wednesday, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” did indeed rise — again by two-tenths of a ratings point in 18-49 — to avoid a season low. Its 1.9 rating/6 share in the demo and 5.37 million viewers overall were about 5% below the previous week. “SHIELD” won its hour among men 18-34 (1.6/6) and was a close second among men 18-49 (2.1/7).

At NBC, “The Voice” edged up (2.9/9 in 18-49, 11.09 million) but “About a Boy” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.87 million) and “Chicago Fire” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.96 million) both lost a tenth.

There were no 18-49 adjustments for programs on CBS or Fox.


Tuesday was a good night for “NCIS,” as the veteran CBS drama was on the rise while timeslot rivals “The Voice” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” fell off and may have matched or hit lows. NBC and CBS were easily the night’s top networks, with the former’s “Chicago Fire” winning the night’s final hour.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 17.2 million viewers overall — up 8% from last week’s 2.4 rating and standing as the night’s No. 1 scripted program and the most-watched program overall of any genre. It also closed to within 1 share of “The Voice” in 18-49 while scoring a rare victory in 25-54 (3.7 to 3.6). It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 14.4 million viewers overall), which won its hour in key demos and was down a smidge from last week, and a repeat of “Person of Interest” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall).

NBC opened with “The Voice” (2.8/9 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall), the night’s top show in 18-49 but down about 10% from last week to what could be the show’s lowest regular-timeslot 18-49 score to date. Given that, the numbers for comedies “About a Boy” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “Growing Up Fisher” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) continue to look pretty good; they placed second for the 9 o’clock hour. At 10 p.m., “Chicago Fire” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) won its hour in demos with its first new episode in three weeks, on par with its prior original, which was one of the show’s best of 2014.

At ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) was down 15% from its national average of last week, but since it’s currently standing at 1.746, it figures to go up at least a 1.8 in the same-night nationals; it placed third in its timeslot in 18-49. The rookie drama was followed by “The Goldbergs” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and “Trophy Wife” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), both of which tied their lows, and a special repeat of Sunday drama “Resurrection” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Glee” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) edged up from its firstrun low of last week (0.9), and was followed by back-to-back originals of “The Mindy Project” at 9 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and 9:30 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall); combined the two were up slightly from last week’s original hour.

CW aired repeats of “The Originals” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall) and “The 100” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.1/6; CBS, 2.0/6; Univision, 1.2/4; ABC, 1.1/3; Fox, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.4/1; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 13.2 million; NBC, 8.1 million; ABC, 3.4 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Fox, 2.6 million; Telemundo, 1.1 million; CW, 0.8 million.