Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” was the top choice among young adults on a Tuesday that was otherwise dominated by coverage of the State of the Union Address and featured minimal firstrun programming on the major networks.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “MasterChef Junior” averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers overall, matching its score of the previous week and winning the 8 o’clock hour in the demo. It was up vs. last week by about 500,000 total viewers.
NBC aired an original hour of “Parks and Recreation” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), which was down a smidge in the demo from its season-premiere score of the previous week and up about 10% in total viewers. If it stands in the nationals, this would be the show’s largest overall audience since January 2013.
CBS aired a repeat “NCIS” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall), which was the night’s most-watched series overall. ABC went with an encore “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall).
CW’s rookie hit “The Flash” returned to originals for the first time in 2015, but dipped to a series-low 1.3/4 in 18-49 while drawing 3.7 million viewers overall. “Supernatural” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), which benefited from going up against the State of the Union on the Big Four, managed to match its most recent original.
Ratings for the State of the Union Address will be sustained by Nielsen and won’t count in nightly averages. Based on adults 18-49 averages on the networks’ affiliates from 9 to 10:30 p.m., NBC fared best (1.4 rating) and was followed by CBS (1.3), ABC (1.1) and Fox (1.0).