UPDATE: In updated national estimates from Nielsen, Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” was revised upward by a tenth in 18-49 (1.7 rating/5 share, 5.15 million viewers overall) to finish as Tuesday’s top program in the demo. Also gaining a tick was NBC’s “Marry Me” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.26 million viewers overall) to avoid matching the low set with its prior original.

Going the other direction, though, was CW’s “Supernatural,” whose 0.74 rating in 18-49 meant in rounded down to a season-low 0.7/2 in the finals while drawing 2.06 million total viewers.


CSI” showed Tuesday that it still has some left in the tank nearing the end of its 15th season, as a special original episode on the night delivered the show’s best scores since its 14th-season finale last May and helped cap a dominant ratings victory for CBS.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS won each hour of the final Tuesday before the February sweep with repeats of “NCIS” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall) and an original episode of “CSI” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall), which drew more young adults than the combined timeslot tallies of repeats of “Chicago Fire” on NBC (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and “Forever” on ABC (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall). The most recent “Person of Interest” to air in the Tuesday-at-10 time period did a 1.7 demo rating, but that was with a firstrun “NCIS: New Orleans” lead-in (2.3).

“CSI” will wrap its 18-episode 15th season next month, and will be replaced in its regular Sunday 10 p.m. timeslot by newcomer “Battle Creek.” The Eye won’t go too long without a “CSI” on its schedule, though, as “CSI: Cyber” makes its debut on Wednesdays in March.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) earned a share of the 8 o’clock hour’s 18-49 lead with “NCIS,” down 0.2 from last week but standing as Tuesday’s No. 1 show in women 18-49 (1.9/6). It was followed by repeats of laffers “New Girl” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), which fared about the same as new episodes of NBC’s “Marry Me” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and “About a Boy” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).

NBC opened its night with “Parks and Recreation” at both 8 (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and 8:30 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), with the vet continuing to perform better than expected as it nears the end of its seven-season run.

ABC followed a special repeat of “Shark Tank” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) with “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which was down 0.2 from its prior original and 0.6 below its series premiere of Jan. 6. “Carter” placed second among the broadcasters in the 9 o’clock hour in 18-49 and total viewers and first in some key male demos.

At CW, “The Flash” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) seems to have lost a little steam in same-night numbers, down a tick from last week for its lowest score to date; it still led its hour in both men 18-34 (1.0/4) and men 18-49 (1.5/5). Also down a tenth, and matching its season low, was “Supernatural” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.2/4; ABC, 1.1/3; NBC and CW, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.6 million; ABC, 4.4 million; Fox, 3.5 million; NBC, CW and Univision, 3.1 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.