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Ratings: NBC Rules Tuesday as ‘Chicago Med’ Rises; ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ Hits Low

NBC dominated Tuesday’s ratings race behind “The Voice,” “Chicago Fire” and a strong third-week delivery for “Chicago Med,” while it remained slow going for ABC’s “The Muppets,” which hit another low. Also of note, CBS holiday favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” again shined brightly and CW’s “The Flash” had another solid performance with the front half of its crossover storyline with “Arrow.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC opened Tuesday with the night’s top-rated program, “The Voice” (2.6/9 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall). The live eliminations episode of the music contest spiked 24% from last week’s low (2.6 vs. 2.1) and impressively matched its performance on the same night a year ago when it faced a repeat “NCIS” on CBS and tough reality competition from Fox’s “MasterChef Junior.”

The standout of the night, though, was “Chicago Med” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall), which rose 11% week to week. It seemed to take advantage of the absence of “NCIS: New Orleans” in the timeslot, spiking an especially large 28% in total viewers; it becomes the first new drama series this fall to draw a larger overall audience in week three than with its premiere. Closing the night, “Chicago Fire” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) dominated its time period, up a tick from last week in 18-49 and outdrawing the combined repeats on ABC and CBS.

At CW, “The Flash” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was flat in most demos and grew its overall audience by 12% to a four-week high. The sophomore superhero drama, whose crossover with “Arrow” concludes tonight, again beat the ABC and Fox comedies in the 8 o’clock hour in 18-49, while also topping them in total viewers. “iZombie” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) was up a tick in demos while hitting a season high in total viewers.

ABC’s “The Muppets” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) hit a season low as it returned after a week off, and “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) matched its low but could round up to a 1.3 in the nationals. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) was in line with its prior episode in the demo and up in total viewers, and the night was capped by a repeat of “Shark Tank” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall).

CBS opened with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), which placed second to “The Voice” for the night in adult demos and total viewers while standing No. 1 in both teens 12-17 (2.0/10) and kids 2-11 (3.2/12). It was followed by repeat of “Limitless” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) at special times.

Fox’s “Grandfathered” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) and “The Grinder” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) held at their lows, but “Scream Queens” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) edged up a week from its finale. “Scream” also saw a rare lift in its second half-hour (0.88 to 0.91), which would seem to bode well for its two-hour conclusion.

In late-night, NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (1.1) topped the combined preliminary 18-49 averages of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.5) and CBS’ repeat of “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (0.3). And a repeat of the Peacock’s 12:35 a.m. talker “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (0.5) matched “Kimmel” despite starting an hour later and crushed head-to-head CBS entry “Late Late Show with James Corden” (0.1).

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