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CBS Tops Tuesday; ‘The Flash’ Remains a Bona Fide Hit on The CW

ABC Continues to Collapse After 'Fresh off the Boat'

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Tuesday, February 16 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 12.17 million, NBC: 6.00, ABC: 2.75, CW: 2.59, Fox: 2.22

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.8 rating/6 share, NBC: 1.3/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 3, Fox: 0.9/ 3, ABC: 0.8/ 3

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.56 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 17.06 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 3.90 million (#3t), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.81 million (#5), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.90 million (#3t), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Muppets
Viewers: 2.43 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4t)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 17.36 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 3.84 million (#3t), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

Fox – Grandfathered
Viewers: 2.26 million (#5), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4t)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.84 million (#3t), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.52 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 13.70 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 6.42 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#2)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.14 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 1.39 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

———-

9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.36 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 12.85 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 6.78 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

Fox – The Grinder
Viewers: 1.67 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 1.22 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

———-

10:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.34 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 6.56 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.49 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1)

———

10:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.28 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 5.50 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.54 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM NBC

    “CHICAGO FIRE” RANKS #1 AT 10 P.M. AMONG ABC, CBS & NBC IN ALL KEY MEASURES, JUMPS +29% VS. ITS RATING ON THE SAME NIGHT LAST YEAR

    “CHICAGO MED” DOUBLES NBC’S RATING IN THE TIME PERIOD ON THE SAME NIGHT LAST YEAR

    “FIRE” IS PROJECTED TO A 2.9 RATING IN L+7+ALTERNATE PLATFORMS, “MED” TO A 2.5

    JIMMY FALLON AND SETH MEYERS RANK #1-2 IN LATE-NIGHT LAST NIGHT IN THE LOCAL MARKETS WITH PEOPLE METERS

    Tuesday Primetime Results:

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing:

    · “Hollywood Game Night,” 1.2 rating in 18-49, 4.35 million viewers overall.

    · “Chicago Med,” 2.5 in 18-49, 9.87 million.

    · “Chicago Fire,” 2.9 in 18-49, 11.74 million.

    “Chicago Fire” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Ranks #1 or tied for #1 in the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key measure.

    · Ranks #1 by a +33% margin among those nets in the slot in adults 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.2 for CBS’s #2 “Limitless”).

    · Is up +29% versus its ratings on the same night last year in 18-49 (1.6 vs. 1.4 on Feb. 17, 2015) and +20% in total viewers (7.519 million vs. 6.257 million).

    · Delivers its 22nd consecutive time-period win in 18-49 versus regular ABC-CBS competition in the 10-11 p.m. slot when in original, dating back to February 2015.

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD:

    o “Chicago Fire” has grown by +61% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.85 to a 2.97) and 3.6 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    o Last week’s “Fire” delivered the biggest “live plus three day” lifts of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 (+0.79) and total viewers (+2.708 million).

    “Chicago Med” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Doubles NBC’s rating in the slot on the same night last year (1.4 vs. 0.7 for comedies) and is up +194% in total viewers (6.600 million vs. 2.246 million).

    · Builds by +40% on its lead-in in 18-49 and +70% in total viewers.

    · Ranks #2 in the slot among the Big 4 in all key measures.

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago Med” has increased by +42% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.89 to a 2.68) and 2.7 million viewers overall (8.4 million to 11.1 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “Hollywood Game Night” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Ranks #2 in the slot among the Big 4 in total viewers.

    · Grows +3% week to week in total viewers (3.871 million vs. 3.773 million).

    · Ties for #2 in the slot in adults 18-49 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and is #2 outright among those nets in adults 25-54.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday Night:

    Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were the #1-2 late-night shows in 18-49 in the 25 Nielsen markets with local people meters.

    · In adult 18-49 rating in the local people meters, Fallon (1.0) topped the combined results of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (0.4) and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.4).

    · In 18-49 in the local people meters, Meyers (0.5) beat both Colbert (0.4) and Kimmel (0.4), despite Meyers’ later start time.

    · In 18-49, Carson Daly(0.3) beat Corden (0.2), despite starting an hour later, and tied “Nightline” (0.3), despite starting 90 minutes later.

    · Fallon’s guests Tuesday night from Los Angeles included Zach Galifianakis, Ronda Rousey and musical guest Pitbull.

    · Meyers’ guests Tuesday included Anthony Anderson, Famke Janssen and musical guest Eleanor Friedberger.

    · Daly’s guests Tuesday night included Jalen Rose, Those Who Can’t and musical guest Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.8/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.0/5; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    For the Week:

    · NBC has tied for #2 among total viewers for the primetime ratings week of Feb. 8-14, generating a 1.2 rating, 4 share in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall, according to “live plus same day” results from Nielsen Media Research. Week to week, NBC is up +20% in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.0 for the week of Feb. 1-7) and up +14% in total viewers (5.1 million vs. 4.5 million).

    · Leading NBC’s week were the top-30 rankings among primetime programs on the Big 4 in adults 18-49 for Wednesday’s “Chicago P.D.” (tied for #13), Wednesday’s “SVU” (#15), Tuesday’s “Chicago Fire” (tied for #16) and Tuesday’s “Chicago Med” (tied for #27).

    · Season to date, NBC is running within 0.1 of a rating point of #1 behind Super Bowl-boosted CBS in adults 18-49 and is tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-34 and #1 outright among those nets in women 18-34.

    · NBC’s total-viewer average of 8.803 million is the network’s highest at this point in a season without a Super Bowl or Olympic boost since 2006-07 (9.7 million).

    WEEKLY AVERAGES

    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    CBS 1.6/5, 2.0 million

    Fox 1.4/5, 1.7 million

    ABC 1.3/4, 1.7 million

    NBC 1.2/4, 1.5 million

    CW 0.7/2, 0.8 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    CBS 2.3/6, 2.7 million

    Fox 1.8/5, 2.1 million

    ABC 1.7/5, 2.0 million

    NBC 1.6/4, 1.9 million

    CW 0.7/2, 0.9 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    CBS 3.2/9, 9.4 million

    NBC 1.7/5, 5.1 million

    ABC 1.7/5, 5.1 million

    Fox 1.6/4, 4.8 million

    CW 0.6/2, 1.7 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

    SEASON TO DATE

    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    CBS 2.5/8, 3.2 million

    NBC 2.4/8, 3.1 million

    Fox 2.1/7, 2.7 million

    ABC 1.8/6, 2.3 million

    CW 0.7/2, 0.9 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    CBS 3.4/9, 4.0 million

    NBC 3.1/9, 3.6 million

    Fox 2.5.7, 3.0 million

    ABC 2.2/6, 2.6 million

    CW 0.8/2, 1.0 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    CBS 4.0/11, 11.7 million

    NBC 3.0/8, 8.8 million

    ABC 2.2/6, 6.6 million

    Fox 2.2/6, 6.4 million

    CW 0.7/2, 1.9 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

  2. FROM ABC

    Fresh Off the Boat (8:00-8:30pm – 4.6 million and 1.3/4 in AD18-49): At 8pm, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat took second in Total Viewers (4.6) and Adults 18-49 (1.3/4) to CBS’ original NCIS, beating Fox’s New Girl head to head (2.8 million and 1.2/4) to rank as Tuesday’s #1 comedy.

    · Fresh Off the Boat was up week to week by 10% in Total Viewers and by 8% in Adults 18-49. In addition, the ABC comedy spiked 25% in Women 18-34 and 33% in Teens 12-17 to its best numbers since mid-November – 11/17/15 and 11/10/15, respectively.

    The Muppets (8:30-9:00pm – 2.4 million and 0.8/3 in AD18-49): At 8:30pm, ABC freshman The Muppets outdrew its freshman comedy competition in the half-hour for the 3rd week in a row (Fox’s Grandfathered) with Total Viewers (2.4 million vs. 2.3 million) and tied it among Adults 18-49 (0.8/3). The Muppets was even week to week in Adults 18-49.

    Marvel’s Agent Carter (9:00-11:00pm – 2.4 million and 0.7/2 in AD18-49): From 9-11pm, ABC’s 2-hour Marvel’s Agent Carter was steady with last week’s 1-hour telecast in Adults 18-49 (0.7/2 vs. 0.8/2) and shot up 67% in Men 18-34 to a new season high.

    · TV Playback Gains: Season to date, ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter jumps +78% from L+SD to Live + 7 Day (from a 0.9 in L+SD to a 1.6).

  3. Chicago Med….so much for all the talk of the Chicago shows…they are weak.

    NCIS a very old skewing franchise practically b!tch slaps her…..

    IMO only Chicago Fire is a “moderate player” in today’s landscape of shows….BTW, that is for 10pm shows….not 9pm

    • Except for the fact that Chicago Med practically doubled it’s lead in (and is doing twice the audience compared to last year’s shows in that slot) while NCIS:NOLA lost about 4 million viewers.

    • I agree that all the talk about the Chicagos being big hits is misleading as to their real strength, which is very relative.

      I am amazed that nowadays the bar to clear at NBC is improving on Hollywood Game Night…

      It used to be matching Friends and ER…

  4. FROM CBS

    10 FOR 10

    CBS BECOMES THE FIRST NETWORK WITH ALL OF THE TOP 10 BROADCASTS OF THE WEEK IN THE LIVE + SAME DAY RATINGS ERA

    Top 10 Broadcasts Span Drama, Comedy and News Spread Over Six Nights

    Showcasing the depth and breadth of its lineup, CBS scored all of the
    week’s top 10 broadcasts, covering drama, comedy and news
    spread out over six nights, according to Nielsen live plus same day
    ratings for the week ending
    Feb. 14.

    This marks the first time since Nielsen started reporting live plus
    same day ratings (December 2005) that any network delivered
    all of the top 10 programs in a single week.

    CBS
    won the week in viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for the second
    consecutive week. CBS’s top 10 broadcasts included
    NCIS, THE BIG BANG THEORY, CAMPAIGN 2016 REPUBLICAN DEBATE, NCIS: NEW
    ORLEANS, SCORPION, BLUE BLOODS, 60 MINUTES, MADAM SECRETARY, NCIS: LOS
    ANGELES and LIFE IN PIECES.

    CBS had the week’s top eight broadcast dramas and top three comedies.

    Among adults 18-49, THE BIG BANG THEORY was the week’s top broadcast, with NCIS, CAMPAIGN 2016 REPUBLICAN DEBATE, SCORPION
    and LIFE IN PIECES all finishing in the top 10 (including ties).

    Season-to-date, CBS is first in viewers (11.74m), adults 18-49 (2.5) and adults 25-54 (3.4).

    CBS Broadcasts In Top 20 (Live+SD):

    #1 – NCIS (16.94m)

    #2 – BIG BANG THEORY, THE (16.25m)

    #3 – CAMPAIGN ’16 REP DEBATE-S (13.44m)

    #4 – NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (12.57m)

    #5 – SCORPION (11.36m)

    #6 – BLUE BLOODS (10.92m)

    #7 – 60 MINUTES (10.42m)

    #8 – MADAM SECRETARY (10.06m)

    #9 – NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9.75m)

    #10 – LIFE IN PIECES (9.35m)

    #12 – CRIMINAL MINDS (8.97m)

    #14 – HAWAII FIVE-0 (8.88m)

    #19 – MOM (8.13m)

    CBS Weekly Highlights:

    THE AMAZING RACE

    The spring premiere of THE AMAZING RACE was first in viewers (6.09m),
    adults 25-54 (1.7/05) and adults 18-49 (1.3/05). Compared to last
    February’s Friday premiere (on Feb. 27, 2015), THE AMAZING RACE was up +18% in adults 18-49 (from 1.1/04) and even in adults 25-54. Compared to the fall 2015 premiere (on
    Sept. 25, 2015), THE AMAZING RACE was up +8% in adults 18-49 (from 1.2/05) and added +270,000 viewers (from 5.82m,+5%).

    SCORPION
    ·
    SCORPION
    was first in viewers (11.36m) and adults 25-54 (3.0/08), with an
    increase of +11% in adults 18-49 (2.0/06 from 1.9/06), +7% in adults
    25-54 (from 2.8/07)
    and +6% in viewers (from 10.69m) from its last first-run episode on
    Jan. 25.

    NCIS: LOS ANGELES

    NCIS:
    LOS ANGELES was first in viewers (9.75m), adults 25-54 (2.2/06) and
    adults 18-49 (1.6/05), tying its season-best adults 18-49 ratings for
    the third time
    in the last four first-run broadcasts.

    Prime averages are based on the following hours of rated broadcasts in Week #21:

    CBS – 21 hours and 45 minutes

    NBC – 22 hours

    ABC – 21 hours and 54 minutes

    FOX – 14 hours and 57 minutes

    NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY – PRIMETIME

    Week #21 of 2015-2016 Season (ending: 2/14/16)

    2015-2016

    VIEWERS

    (000)

    CBS 9,407

    NBC 5,073

    ABC 5,073

    FOX 4,771

    A25-54

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 2.3 6

    NBC 1.6 4

    ABC 1.7 5

    FOX 1.8 5

    A18-49

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 1.6 5

    NBC 1.2 4

    ABC 1.3 4

    FOX 1.4 5

    NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY – PRIMETIME

    SEASON-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (9/21/15-2/14/16)

    2015-2016

    VIEWERS

    (000)

    CBS 11,741

    NBC 8,803

    ABC 6,645

    FOX 6,433

    A25-54

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 3.4 9

    NBC 3.1 9

    ABC 2.2 6

    FOX 2.5 7

    A18-49

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 2.5 8

    NBC 2.4 8

    ABC 1.8 6

    FOX 2.1 7

    • I don’t get this Supergirl had 1.8 demo that is very solid for CBS. why are they only crowing about viewership when we all know its the demo that matters more

      • Because they know that their sales (and those of the other networks) is proportional to their overall audience, not their demos.

        Supergirl is not a hit by the way, even if CBS will fell obligated to renew it to pretend it had a hit this year…

  5. As usual, my problem is with the “for the CW” part of the title.

    The fact The Flash beat train-wrecks New Girl and Grandfathered and massive flop Agent of SHIELD (Oh how could ABC have sen it coming?!!) is perhaps heartening for CW executives looking for any reason not to cry, but would any show not on CW be called a hit with those numbers (except by PR flack and their echo chamber in the media?)

    I hardly think so.

    CW is in the bad situation it’s in because of years of renewing flops like Gossip Girl and pretending they were hits.

    It’s doing them no favors to call any of their low-rated shows hits in my opinion.