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Ratings: ‘NCIS’ Tops Tuesday for CBS; ‘Person of Interest’ OK in Return

UPDATED WITH FINALS AND CABLE: Featuring a special appearance by first lady Michelle Obama, “NCIS” was on the low end of its ratings range Tuesday but stood as the top program in key demos and teamed with a timeslot-leading “NCIS: New Orleans” to put CBS on top for the night. CBS capped things with the premiere of the final season of “Person of Interest,” which placed second in its timeslot.

Of note on cable was coverage of the Indiana presidential primaries on the news networks, with Fox News Channel leading the way with about 4.3 million viewers. And TNT scored big numbers in primetime on the West Coast for its telecast of the second-round NBA Playoff game between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers (2.2 rating in 18-49, 5.21 million viewers overall), which tipped off at 11:03 p.m. ET.

Looking at Tuesday’s broadcast action, according to national estimates from Nielsen, “NCIS” (1.9 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 14.85 million viewers overall) matched its season low demo score of two weeks ago but was the night’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (3.0/9) and total viewers. It also beat NBC’s “The Voice” head-to-head in adults 18-34 (1.0 vs. 0.9).

NCIS: New Orleans” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 12.56 million viewers overall) had a good night behind the mothership, up 0.2 from its prior original and winning its hour. And at 10 p.m., the season premiere of “Person of Interest” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.35 million viewers overall) was down sharply from its prior opener in September 2014 (1.8 in 18-49, 10.7 million) but was up a tick over both last season’s finale as well as the final few episodes of “Limitless” to air in the time period.

CBS won Tuesday in 18-49 (tied with NBC), 25-54 and total viewers.

The Peacock earned a share of the 18-49 lead by virtue of a consistent performance throughout the night courtesy of “The Voice” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 8.60 million viewers overall), “Chicago Med” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.62 million viewers overall) and “Chicago Fire” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.79 million viewers overall). “The Voice” had a sharp 0.4 falloff from last week to a season low, and that resulted in a 0.3 downturn for “Chicago Med” and a more modest 0.1 decline for “Chicago Fire,” which won the 10 o’clock hour across the board.

CW’s “The Flash” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 3.33 million viewers overall) held steady week to week in 18-49 and 18-34 (1.1/5), standing as the night’s No. 1 broadcast in the latter demo. It also ranked No. 1 at 8 p.m. in men 18-34 (1.4/7) and No. 2 in men 18-49 (1.6/6). And in its third week, “Containment” continues to look pretty good (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.42 million viewers overall), on par with previous timeslot occupant “iZombie” in demos and up in total viewers; week-to-week, it was steady in most categories.

At ABC, “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.29 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 from its average of last week with Shaquille O’Neal as guest star, and “The Real O’Neals” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.29 million viewers overall) was a tenth lower. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.91 million viewers overall) was down a tenth, and “Beyond the Tank” closed things with a slight uptick (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.91 million viewers overall). “Beyond the Tank” will get a chance to perform in a more hospitable timeslot starting Friday, when it leads into new episodes of “Shark Tank.”

Fox aired original episodes of “New Girl” at both 8 (1.0/4 in 18-49, 2.27 million viewers overall) and 9 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 1.88 million viewers overall), as well as new episodes of “Grandfathered” at 8:30 (0.7/3 in 18-49, 1.84 million viewers overall) and “The Grinder” at 9:30 (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.51 million viewers overall). The net may opt to bring back one of the rookies, though it will be a tough call; “Grinder” is fully owned by Twentieth and seems to have more critical pull, but “Grandfathered” has consistently rated a little better.

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