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Tuesday Ratings: ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘The Voice’ Put NBC Back on Top

A return to all-original programming helped NBC bounce back to a leadership position in key demos on Tuesday, with “The Voice” standing as the night’s top program and “Chicago Fire” winning its hour. Of note at ABC was a solid finish for comedy “Fresh Off the Boat” and an uptick for the conclusion of “Repeat After Me.”

One week after an all-original CBS drama lineup lifted the Eye to a rare 18-49 victory on a night opposite “The Voice,” it was NBC that was all originals this time. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” (2.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall) was steady week to week in the demo and likely will round up in the nationals. It was followed by comedies “Undateable” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), which took a step back by dropping 0.2 (though it could pick up a tenth in the nationals), and “One Big Happy” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), which looked better by comparison as it held at last week’s number.

Looking good at 10 p.m. was “Chicago Fire” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall), which easily beat the firstrun dramas on CBS and ABC and matched its prior rating when it didn’t air behind “The Voice.” In 18-49, “Chicago Fire” grew by a hearty 45% on its lead-in (1.6 vs. 1.1).

At ABC, “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) matched last week’s score, which represents a 10-week high for a comedy that seems like a shoo-in to be renewed for a second season. It was followed by the season finale of “Repeat After Me” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth and posted its best scores in most categories since early March.

“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” continued its quietly solid march towards its season finale (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), likely to go up to a 1.6 in the nationals. It hit a four-week high in total viewers and did a best-since-season premiere score in women 18-34 (1.2/4). At 10 p.m., “Forever” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week.

CBS aired repeats of “NCIS” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall), followed by an original “CSI: Cyber” on a special night (1.2/4 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall). This is a low for the first-year show, but it earns points for building on its repeat lead-in; regular timeslot occupant “Person of Interest” did a 1.5 in the hour a week ago, but that was with a 1.8 lead-in from an original “NCIS: New Orleans.”

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) is limping to the finish line, down 0.2 from last week. And following another “New Girl” repeat (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall), “Weird Loners” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) was down a tenth to match last Sunday’s “American Odyssey” as a low-water mark score for a Big Four original.

CW’s “The Flash” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) and “iZombie” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) were a smidge below last week.

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