Ratings: ‘NCIS’ Duo, ‘The Flash’ Among Tuesday Gainers

Several shows saw their ratings fortunes improve on the first Tuesday since the end of Daylight Saving Time and the first one in a while without postseason baseball. CBS’ “NCIS,” NBC’s “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” and CW’s “The Flash” were among the shows on the rise and the Eye’s “NCIS: New Orleans” spiked to a season high. But nothing could help ABC’s new drama “Wicked City,” which fell off from its already low premiere of the previous week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS won the night in key demos thanks to a six-week high for “NCIS” (2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 17.8 million viewers overall), which was up 0.2 from last week and stood as Tuesday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (3.5/10) and total viewers. The net’s standout, though, was “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 14.0 million viewers overall), which was up 0.3 week-to-week to its season high and led its time period in adults 25-54 (2.8/7) as well as total viewers. Also up, by a tick, was 10 p.m. rookie “Limitless” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall).

NBC fell behind CBS for the night in 18-49 because “The Voice” swapped out its original hour for a recap show (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was 0.6 lower than last week’s regular episode but still led the 9 o’clock hour in 18-49. The network held up well on either side of the music competition series with “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), which was up 0.2 from last week with its season finale and drew its best 8 p.m. numbers to date, and “Chicago Fire” (1.8/6 in 18-49,  8.1 million viewers overall), which was within a tenth of last week’s season high despite a reduced lead-in.

At ABC, “The Muppets” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) and “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) held steady in the demo while rising in total viewers, and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) also was in line with last week. In its second week, “Wicked City” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 from its quiet premiere. Barring a quick turnaround, “Wicked” may not last much longer on Tuesdays.

Fox aired a night of originals even though the shows didn’t appear in many program listings due to the quick conclusion of the World Series. “Grandfathered” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Scream Queens” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) were steady, but in between them “The Grinder” fell to its low (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall).

At CW, “The Flash” was up in numerous categories, hitting season highs in 18-49 (1.5/5), total viewers (3.73 million) and men 18-49 (1.8/6); it was No. 1 in its time period in adults 18-34 (1.2/5) and men 18-34 (1.3/5) and tied with ABC for No. 2 at 8 p.m. in 18-49. And “iZombie” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) was steady in 18-49 while hitting season highs of its own in 18-34 (0.6/2), men 18-34 (0.6/2) and total viewers.


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