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CBS and NBC Share Leadership on Second Tuesday of New TV Season

More Positive Results for Dramas 'Bull' on CBS and 'This Is Us' on NBC in Week Two

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, September 27 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 13.13 million, NBC: 10.85, ABC: 6.35, Fox: 1.99, CW: 707,000

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 3.0 rating/11 share, CBS: 1.8/ 6, ABC: 1.2/ 4, Fox: 0.9/ 3, CW: 0.2/ 1

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-Winners:
NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Bull (CBS), This is Us (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)

-Losers:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), New Girl (Fox), Scream Queens (Fox), MADtv (CW), Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars
Viewers: 8.13 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#3)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 15.23 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.66 million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/11 (#1)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.40 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 909,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars
Viewers: 7.84 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#3)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 15.20 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.78 million (#2), A18-49: 3.2/11 (#1)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.06 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 779,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars
Viewers: 8.00 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Bull
Viewers: 13.88 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 12.58 million (#2), A18-49: 3.5/12 (#1)

Fox – Scream Queens
Viewers: 1.83 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – MADtv (season or series finale)
Viewers: 578,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars
Viewers: 7.89 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Bull
Viewers: 13.08 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 12.37 million (#2), A18-49: 3.5/12 (#1)

Fox – Scream Queens
Viewers: 1.67 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CW – MADtv (season or series finale)
Viewers: 563,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 3.40 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 11.08 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

NBC – This Is Us
Viewers: 9.47 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/10 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.84 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 10.30 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

NBC – This Is Us
Viewers: 8.22 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 9 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “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 CBS

    CBS WINS EVERY HOUR IN VIEWERS LED BY
    “NCIS” AND “BULL,” THE NIGHT’S TOP
    TWO PROGRAMS

    “Bull” Retains a Solid 90% of its “NCIS” Lead-In Among A18-49 and 87% in Viewers

    “NCIS: New Orleans” Up +7% in A18-49 From Last Week’s Premiere

    · At 8:00 PM, NCIS was first in viewers (15.21m) and averaged 2.1 in A18-49 and 3.1 in A25-54 behind “The Voice.”

    · At 9:00 PM, BULL was first in viewers (13.48m) and averaged 1.9 in A18-49 and 2.8 in A25-54 behind “The Voice.” BULL retained a solid 90% of its “NCIS” lead-in among A18-49 and 87% in viewers.

    · At 10:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was first in viewers (10.69m) and averaged 1.5 in A18-49 (up +7% from 1.4 last week) and 2.2 in A25-54 (nc).

    · For the night, CBS was first in viewers (13.13m) and second in A18-49 (1.8) and A25-54 (2.7).

    Late Night

    · THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT averaged a strong 2.6/7 in the overnight metered markets and 0.5 in A18-49 in the 25 local people meter markets.

  2. FROM FOX
    The L3 ratings for Friday, Sept. 23, are in for FOX’s HELL’S KITCHEN and THE EXORCIST. The series debut of THE EXORCIST posted FOX’s highest-rated Friday scripted telecast in over two and a half years and gained +55% in 3-day Total Multi-Platform Audience versus Live + Same Day.

    The season 16 premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN is up +41% in 3-day Total Multi-Platform Audience versus Live + Same Day and was the top unscripted program of the night, outperforming ABC’s Shark Tank.

    Highlights of L+3 and Multiplatform Include:

    · HELL’S KITCHEN (1.6/7 L3) was the top unscripted program of the night, outperforming ABC’s Shark Tank (1.5/6 L3). Note: This is a departure from year ago as Hell’s Kitchen and Shark Tank aired on the same night five times (all Fridays). Last season on those nights, Shark Tank consistently performed higher (1.8/7 avg L3) than Hell’s Kitchen (1.4/5 avg L3).

    · The season 16 premiere of HELL’S KITCHEN is up +41% in 3-day Total Multi-Platform Audience versus Live + Same Day (4.8 vs 3.4 mil Persons 2+) and in L+3 was even with last season’s January premiere (1.6/6 L3 on 1/15/16) and up +14% from last year’s finale (1.4/5 L3 on 4/29/16).

    · The series debut of THE EXORCIST is up +55% in 3-day Total Multi-Platform Audience versus Live + Same Day (4.5 vs. 2.9 mil Persons 2+).

    · The series debut of THE EXORCIST (1.5/6 L3) posted FOX’s highest-rated Friday scripted telecast in over two and a half years (since 1/31/14, Bones).

    · Retaining 94% of its HELL’S KITCHEN lead-in (1.6/7 L3), THE EXORCIST (1.5/6 L3) was up:

    § +88% from last Fall’s Fri/9p premiere of World’s Funniest (0.8/3 on 11/6/15)

    § +15% from Sleepy Hollow’s Fri/9p time period premiere (1.3/5 L3 on 2/5/16)

    Competitive
    ABC

    ABC Friday:

    § Last Man Standing, -6% vs. last year’s premiere (1.6/8 vs. 1.7/8)

    § Dr. Ken, -40% vs. last year’s premiere (1.2/5 vs. 2.0/8)

    § Shark Tank, -32% vs. last year’s premiere (1.5/6 vs. 2.2/9)

    § 20/20, -10% vs. last week (0.9/4 vs. 1.0/4)

    · Shark Tank, now in its eighth season posted its lowest rating in over three years (since 5/17/13).

    CBS
    · CBS Friday:

    § MacGyver, +32% vs. last year’s Amazing Race Fri/8p premiere (2.5/11 vs. 1.9/8)

    § Hawaii Five-O, +18% vs. last year’s premiere (2.0/8 vs. 1.7/6)

    § Blue Bloods, -5% vs. last year’s premiere (1.9/8 vs. 2.0/8)

    NBC
    · NBC’s Dateline (1.2/5) is -14% below last season’s premiere (1.4/5).

  3. Week 2 looks like Week 1 just a bit lower…

    NBC: The Voice is holding up and TIU held up well in week two. A drop of less than 10% is a positive IMO

    CBS: NCIS & NOLA were pretty even with last week Bull though dropped a bit losing 15% or so…not bad, let’s see if next week it holds or bounces back.

    ABC: DWTS is slipping on Tuesdays, that 1.3 isn’t to great unless compared with the sub-par performance of AOS that is. AOS is at CW levels and will probably drop a bit more next week…..ABC cancel this Turkey

    FOX: ABC’s woes are not as dire as FOX’ as New Girl fell to B99 levels and SQ ranked as the lowest rated big 4 shows. Worse yet, it fell at the 1/2. Why again did they renew this? Ahhhhhh social media….waste of time.

    • Not a criticism of what you said because you echo the sad reality of ratings today, but it’s a bit sad when losing 10% of your audience in week 2 (especially when it wasn’t all that high to start with) is now considered a good sign…

      Totally agree with you on Scream Queens. I was saying it should have been cancelled after the first episode!! (OK three just to make sure).

      I really think the social media was an excuse to shovel more money towards a buddy (in this case Ryan Murphy) as well as to masquerade the show as a winner for the absentee owners (it pains me to say that but Rupert is clearly not paying close attention to the doings at his flagship network – of course at this point Fox News is getting more viewers than FOX is, at least on Tuesdays).

  4. FOX needs to go back to the drawing board. What are they thinking? Scream Queens adjusted DOWN in the finals just now. Social media is strong but it is it THIS strong? The CW will be putting FOX in fifth place when their lineup comes back at this point. Bad all around

    Agents of SHIELD has been intriguing this season but ratings aren’t good. ABC should just announce at some point that this is SHIELD’s final season so the writers can prep for it. It’s had a pretty good run.

    Everything else is about what you’d expect.

      • That’s even more scary. They use to have some decent filler shows they could plug in a show that tanks slot but they canned them all a while back (shows like Lie to Me) so they have nothing to replace these with. This is going to be ugly on Tuesday for them.

        • That’s because they no longer have enough money to program their network correctly.

          When you keep renewing flops, you make less and less money.

          Network financial health was predicated on having a few huge hits surrounded by solid shows, with the flops being evacuated (sometimes a bit fast) quickly to be replaced with shows from the mid-season replacement batch.

          Today solid shows are viewed as hits and flops are renewed for fear of greenlighting something even worse and from lack of money for promotion.

          But they no longer have the money to do it (at least as they continue to over-spend on the shows).

          • I am flabbergasted!!!

            I need to look more often at your detailed numbers. 🙂

            Thanks for the info!

            Edit: Having looked at a couple of nights, Univision seems to have shed a lot of viewers quite rapidly…

    • The whole social media excuse was just that: an excuse. It clearly doesn’t matter, and frankly I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it was generated by little elves at the network…

  5. Brooklyn 9-9, Scream Queens and the ever awful New Girl continue to destroy FOX’s ratings charts, while Agent of SHIELD justifies every week my calling it Agent of F.L.O.P. 😉

    Bull lost a bit of ground but not too much, so it’s definitely not another Intelligence. We’ll have to see where it’s stop losing viewers.

    This is us dropped a lot more than its lead-in and my hunch is it’ll keep dropping.