Ratings: CBS Wins Tuesday Behind ‘NCIS’; ABC’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ is Night’s Top Comedy

UPDATE: In updated national estimates released Wednesday afternoon by Nielsen, all three CBS dramas were revised up a tenth: “NCIS” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 18.77 million viewers overall), “NCIS: New Orleans” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 16.19 million viewers overall) and “Person of Interest” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.53 million viewers overall).  As a result, “NCIS” matched its season high in 18-49, set with its season premiere.

Also up a tick were NBC comedies “Parks and Recreation” at 8 (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.06 million viewers overall) and “About a Boy” at 9:30 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.70 million viewers overall) and CW drama “The Flash” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 3.66 million viewers overall).

In cable, the night’s top show was OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.42 million viewers overall), which shot up 21% in the demo week-to-week.


With a dominant “NCIS” leading the way by matching its top rating since its season opener and standing as the night’s No. 1 program, CBS rolled to victory in key demos on Tuesday, a night that also saw ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” deliver solid numbers in its regular timeslot and CW’s “The Flash” back on the upswing.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (2.8/9 in 18-49, 18.6 million viewers overall) rose 8% (0.2) from last week to match the highest rating it has logged since its Sept. 23 season premiere (2.9). It towered over its timeslot, winning by 3 shares over ABC in 18-49, by 6 shares in adults 25-54 and more than tripling the runner-up Alphabet in total viewers.

“NCIS: New Orleans” followed at 9 p.m. with below-average retention (2.2/7 in 18-49, 15.9 million viewers overall) but it was equally dominant in its timeslot, matching last week’s score and standing as the night’s No. 2-rated program. “Person of Interest” closed things out (1.5/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), up a tick from last week to lead its hour.

For the night, CBS won in adults 18-49 and 25-54 while averaging nearly as many total viewers as its combined ABC-NBC-Fox-CW competition (14.6 million vs. 15.0 million).

At ABC, “Fresh Off the Boat” averaged a 1.7 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.0 million viewers overall and followed that up with similar numbers for an additional firstrun episode at 8:30 (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall). Standing as the top-rated of six comedies on the networks last night, “Fresh” placed second to “NCIS” in both half-hours; it towered over NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (1.75 vs. 1.0).

The 1.7 is 21% stronger than the 1.4 delivered by “Selfie” with its series premiere in the timeslot in late September — though that show didn’t last on the sked too long as it was never able to do better than a 1.1 with its five other Tuesday airings. “Fresh Off the Boat” averaged a 2.5 and 2.3 in 18-49 with its two special preview airings on Wednesday last week, but last night’s numbers are promising given the tougher timeslot situation for ABC leading off Tuesday.

Starting next week, “Fresh Off the Boat” will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by new half-hour alternative series “Repeat After Me.”

ABC dropped off at 9 p.m. with “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), though these numbers were good enough for second place and the show was up a tick from last week. Also above its recent levels was 10 p.m. drama “Forever” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which rose 22% (0.2) to match its top score since Dec. 2. It was more competitive than usual with timeslot rivals “Person of Interest” on CBS (1.5/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” on NBC (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” was down two tenths (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and placed third for the 8 o’clock hour. “New Girl” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) were in line with last week and again beat out NBC’s struggling “Marry Me” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) and “About a Boy” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall).

Opening the night for NBC, “Parks and Recreation” hit a season low (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall at 8 p.m.; 1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m.) and likely was impacted by “Fresh Off the Boat.”

For the night, NBC tied with Univision and CW for fourth place in 18-49.

For CW last night, “The Flash” was up a tenth (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and moved up to a third-place 18-49 tie with “MasterChef Junior.”  The rookie won its hour in men 18-34 (1.6/7) with its best score since early December.

“Supernatural” was about average at 9 (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.2/7; ABC, 1.4/4; Fox, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.1/4; NBC and CW, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.6 million; ABC, 4.9 millionl NBC, 3.8 million; Fox, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.0 million; CW, 2.8 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.


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