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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Weird Loners’ Fails to Make Friends; NBC Comedies Hold Steady

Fox comedy “Weird Loners” sputtered out of the gate Tuesday, but recent additions to the night — NBC comedies “Undateable” and “One Big Happy” and CW drama “iZombie” — held up well in their third outings. Another solid outing by “NCIS” lifted CBS to victory, even if its event movie “The Dovekeepers” delivered modest numbers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Weird Loners” averaged a mere 0.7 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers overall in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, making it the season’s lowest rated Big Four series premiere in both categories. Of course, it didn’t get a lot of help from lead-in “New Girl” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), which returned to originals after three weeks of repeats and hit a series low. Kicking off the night, “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week.

At CBS, “NCIS” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 16.3 million viewers overall) was nearly on par with last week and stood as the night’s top program in key demos as well as total viewers. The net fell off from there though with the first part of two-night original movie “The Dovekeepers” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall), which was down nearly 40% from the 1.65 the net averaged a week ago with its firstun dramas “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Person of Interest.”

Despite the soft showing from 9 to 11 p.m., CBS won the night in 18-49 (tied with NBC) and 25-54 as well as total viewers.

NBC earned a share of the 18-49 lead even though neither “The Voice” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall for a recap hour) nor “Chicago Fire” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) aired firstrun episodes. “Voice” ran second for the 8 o’clock hour, and “Chicago Fire” nearly caught the firstrun offerings on ABC and CBS in 18-49.

Undateable” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) had probably its best performance of its second season, coming within a tick of last week’s score even though it had a repeat “Voice” lead-in and went up against an original “New Girl” for the first time (beating it by 0.4). NBC also has to be pleased that “One Big Happy” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) held at last week’s score, beating Fox’s “Weird Loners” by half a ratings point.

CW’s “The Flash” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) was steady in 18-49 and grew in several other categories, including males 12-34 (1.4/7), a category in which it ranked No. 1 among all broadcast shows for the night. And in its third week, “iZombie” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) matched last week’s score in 18-49 while edging up in 18-34 (0.6). For the night, CW tied Fox in 18-49 and edged ahead in 18-34.

At ABC, “Fresh Off the Boat” was down a tenth as it continued its gradual decline (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), though it figures to again rate as the night’s No. 1 comedy in Live+3. It was followed by “Repeat After Me” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), which was down a tick as well. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) also shed a tenth to its low and was unable to benefit from the softer CBS drama competition; still, it did win its hour among the broadcasters in 18-49. At 10 p.m., “Forever” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week (and possibly two tenths in the nationals) as it faced lighter than usual competition in its timeslot.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and NBC, 1.4/4; ABC, 1.2/4; Fox, CW and Univision, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 11.4 million; NBC, 5.6 million; ABC, 4.3 million; Fox and CW, 2.7 million; Univision, 2.5 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million.


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