UPDATE: In updated, national ratings estimates released late Wednesday by Nielsen, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” was adjusted up two tenths of a ratings point to a 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and gained about 400,000 total viewers to hit 5.95 million. The demo rating matches the show’s best score since early February.

ABC also had good news for 9 p.m. comedy “The Goldbergs” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.81 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth in the 18-49 nationals to move ahead of NBC’s “About a Boy” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.25 million viewers overall), which was revised down a tick; this is the first time that the rookie ABC comedy has beaten both “About a Boy” and Fox’s “New Girl” head to head. At 9:30 p.m., “Trophy Wife” went up a tick (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.16 million viewers overall).

There were no 18-49 changes for CBS or CW shows, while Fox saw a one-tenth improvement for both “Glee” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.41 million viewers overall) and “New Girl” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.20 million viewers overall); as a result, “New Girl” and lead-out “The Mindy Project” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.20m) finished with identical scores.

At NBC, 9:30 p.m. comedy “The Fishers” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.59 million viewers overall) joined “About a Boy” in being revised down a tenth, but still led its comedy competition.

Tuesday’s top cable series in 18-49 were Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.11 million viewers overall) and BET’s “The Game” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.54 million viewers overall).


NBC’s “The Voice” remained the night’s top program among young adults, but it was a more consistent CBS — with “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Person of Interest” — winning the opening Tuesday of the May sweep in key demos. CW had a strong night too, as a rising “The Originals” and “Supernatural” put the net neck and neck with Fox in adults 18-49.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall) bounced back from its season low of a couple of weeks ago to pull to within two ticks of “The Voice” in 18-49 while pulling ahead in 25-54 (3.7/10 to 3.6/10). It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall), which won its hour in demos and matched its score of two weeks ago. And “Person of Interest” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) kept the net on top at 10, up a tenth from its most recent original.

For the night, CBS won in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. It was no contest as usual in total viewers, with the net’s nightly average (14.3 million) matching the combined tallies of ABC, NBC and Fox.

At NBC, “The Voice” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) was down slightly from last week to hit a low but won in all key demos. “About a Boy” dropped off a bit at 9 (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) and “Growing Up Fisher” held steady at 9:30 (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), with both shows placing second in 18-49. They were followed by “Chicago Fire” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which was up a tick from its prior original with the first part of its two-night crossover storyline with “Chicago PD.”

ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) appears to be up week to week in 18-49, rising a tick from its prelim score and matching its national number from last week; it placed third for its hour in 18-49 and second in adults 18-34 (1.5/5). It was followed by “The Goldbergs” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which rose 14% above its prior original of three weeks ago, finishing in its most competitive position to date with NBC’s “About a Boy” (one tenth behind in 18-49) and opening up a largest-yet 0.6 advantage over Fox’s “New Girl.” “Trophy Wife” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) edged up from its most recent original but placed fourth in its timeslot and continues to lose a big chunk of the “Goldbergs” audience. “Celebrity Wife Swap” closed out the night (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall).

At Fox, “Glee” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) hit a low and remained deep in fourth among the Big Four for the 8 o’clock hour (and tied this week by CW’s “The Originals”). From there, “New Girl” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) also ran fourth, but “The Mindy Project” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) was able to finish ahead of ABC’s “Trophy Wife” to place third in 18-49. “New Girl” may round up to a 1.1 in the nationals, but if the prelim numbers hold, this would be the first time that “Mindy” built on an original “New Girl” in 18-49.

“The Originals” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) gave CW its best Tuesday in eight weeks, with the former shooting up 33% in 18-49 and 17% in adults 18-34 (to 0.7/3). The “Bloodlines” episode of “Supernatural,” a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff, built on its lead-in across the board, delivering the show’s best scores in adults 18-34 (0.9/3) and other categories since March 4. For its two-hour block, CW finished close behind Fox in 18-49 (0.8 to 0.9) and 18-34 (0.9 vs. 1.0).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.2/6; NBC, 2.0/6; ABC, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.2/4; Fox, 1.0/3; CW, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.3 million; NBC, 8.0 million; ABC, 4.0 million; Univision, 2.4 million; Fox, 2.3 million; CW, 1.9 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.