‘NCIS’ Duo, ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Draw Top Demo Scores Tuesday

Fox's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' edges up in total viewers following Golden Globes victory


CBS easily captured Tuesday’s ratings race in key demos behind its “NCIS” duo, which drew the night’s top scores. Also of note on the night was a slight uptick in total viewers for Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” following its surprise Golden Globes victory, and another head-to-head victory for ABC’s “The Goldbergs” over Fox’s “New Girl.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 19.5 million viewers overall) dominated its time period and was Tuesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (4.4/11) and total viewers, even if it didn’t quite clear the 20-million viewer mark as it did one week earlier. It was followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall), which fared about the same as last week’s special preview of “Intelligence,” and “Person of Interest” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall), which was the top broadcast in its time period.

For the night, CBS prevailed by 41% in 18-49 over runner-up NBC (2.4 vs. 1.7) and by 76% in 25-54 over the Peacock (3.7 vs. 2.1). It was again no contest in total viewers, with the Eye beating the combined tune-in of NBC, ABC and Fox.

At ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, and once again the night’s No. 3 program in 18-49 and No. 1 among males 12-34 (1.7/6). It was followed by rookie comedy “The Goldbergs” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which appears to be up week-to-week and beat Fox’s competing “New Girl” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) for a second straight week. If it holds at a 1.8 in the nationals, this would mark the best young-adult delivery for “Goldbergs” since early October.

The rest of the night wasn’t as good for ABC, as “Trophy Wife” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) slid noticeably from its “Goldbergs” lead-in, and again provided a modest lead-in of its own for new drama “Killer Women” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), which dropped 22% (0.2) from its already-low bow of the previous week.

Fox’s comedy block was down overall from its first 2014 originals of last week, with “Dads” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) getting the night off to a weaker start by declining 25% (0.3). Given that reduced lead-in, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) showed something of a spark by gaining on “Dads” by x% (0.2) after merely matching its score a week earlier; the Andy Samberg-Andre Braugher comedy was down a tick week-to-week in 18-49 but rioe a bit in total viewers, likely gaining some lookie-loos following the show’s wins at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

“New Girl” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) was in line with last week in 18-49 (and up slightly in total viewers) and was the night’s No. 1 broadcast in adults 18-34 (1.7/5), and “The Mindy Project” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week but remained slightly ahead of competing ABC comedy “Trophy Wife.”

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) was flat week to week, again seeing its best number in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, where it placed second in 18-49. And at 10, “Chicago Fire” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) was down 10% (0.2) week to week, falling a bit behind “Person of Interest” (2.0) after tying it one week earlier.

Back in originals for the first time in six weeks, CW’s “The Originals” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) were in line with their recent deliveries. They continue to provide the network with huge gains vs. last year, including growth of more than 75% in adults 18-34 and total viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.5/7; NBC, 1.7/5; ABC, 1.4/4; Fox, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.1/3; CW, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.9 million; NBC, 5.9 million; ABC, 4.6 million; Fox, 3.1 million; Univision, 2.8 million; CW, 2.1 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.