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CBS and NBC Share Leadership on Super Tuesday

'The Muppets' and 'Marvel's Agent Carter' Conclude on ABC with Minimal Interest

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, March 1 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based and approximate due to the live nature of the political coverage in the 10 p.m. ET hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 10.56 million, NBC: 10.15, ABC: 2.49, Fox: 2.06, CW: 1.02

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.5 rating/8 share, CBS: 1.1/ 5, Fox: 0.8/ 3, ABC: 0.7/ 2, CW: 0.3/ 1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Muppets
Viewers: 3.13 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 15.11 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.14 million (#2), A18-49: 2.6/ 9 (#1)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.63 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CW – The World Dog Awards (R)
Viewers: 1.13 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Muppets (season or series finale)
Viewers: 2.36 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3t)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 15.25 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 12.22 million (#2), A18-49: 3.0/10 (#1)

Fox – Grandfathered
Viewers: 2.07 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3t)

CW – The World Dog Awards (R)
Viewers: 963,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agent Carter (season or series finale)
Viewers: 2.37 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 11.84 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 13.23 million (#1), A18-49: 3.3/10 (#1)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 1.88 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)

CW – The World Dog Awards (R)
Viewers: 1.00 million (#5), A18-49: 0.1/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agent Carter (season or series finale)
Viewers: 2.38 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 11.09 million (#2), A18-49: 1.65 5 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 12.83 million (#1), A18-49: 3.2/10 (#1)

Fox – The Grinder
Viewers: 1.65 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – The World Dog Awards (R)
Viewers: 978,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – ABC News – Super Tuesday Election Coverage
Viewers: 2.36 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

CBS – CBS News: Campaign 2016
Viewers: 5.66 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

NBC – NBC News: Super Tuesday
Viewers: 7.10 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – ABC News – Super Tuesday Election Coverage
Viewers: 2.33 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

CBS – CBS News: Campaign 2016
Viewers: 4.42 million (#1), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#2)

NBC – NBC News: Super Tuesday
Viewers: 4.38 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#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 CBS

    “NCIS” AND “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS” ARE THE TOP TWO SCRIPTED PROGRAMS

    IN VIEWERS, ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54 ON

    ATYPICAL SUPER TUESDAY

    CBS WINS THE NIGHT IN VIEWERS

    At 8:00 PM, NCIS was first in viewers (15.18m) and averaged 2.0 in A18-49 and 3.1 in A25-54 on an atypical Tuesday.

    At 9:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS averaged 11.46m, 1.6 in A18-49 and 2.3 in A25-54.

    CBS won the night in viewers (10.56m).

  2. FROM ABC

    The Muppets (8-9pm – 2.7 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): Despite facing the first hour of NBC’s 2-hour The Voice premiere on Tuesday, ABC’s 1-hour freshman season finale of The Muppets built for the 2nd week in Total Viewers (+4% – 2.7 million vs. 2.6 million) and was up 13% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 0.8/3), posting 4-week highs on both measures – since 2/2/16.

    Marvel’s Agent Carter (9-10pm – 2.4 million and 0.7/2 in AD18-49): From 9-10pm against the second hour of The Voice premiere, ABC’s sophomore season finale of Marvel’s Agent Carter held steady with last week’s Fast Affiliate L+SD Adult 18-49 rating (0.7/2), which adjusted up 1-tenth in the National numbers. TV Playback Gains for Season 2: On average this season, Marvel’s Agent Carter jumps over its Adult 18-49 L+SD rating by 38% in Live + 3 Day (to a 1.1) and by 67% in Live + 7 Day (to a 1.5).

  3. Not that it’s a surprise these days anymore but boy oh boy these are so low low ratings.

    The Voice actually had a pretty good performance really affecting the NCIS twins. I can’t wait to see how the new Sunday comedies rate behind The Voice in next couple of weeks. I’m really liking those Crowded promos.

    Wow can ABC and FOX go any lower on Tuesdays? Even Megan Fox couldn’t help Flop Girl. I’m really hoping FOX would give Grandfathered and Grinder the axe and BK-99 should get it too but it’s on a syndication route now.

    John Stamos really doesn’t need Grandfathered he can run full-time on Fuller House next season which by the way got picked up for renewal faster than any other Netflix show in history earlier today. Marc you were right about a quick renewal this week. If Netflix released the numbers for Fuller House I could see it easily being their most viewed show out of the gate ever. Still a real shame that every broadcast network choked on not getting the rights to it. We all know Fuller House would’ve easily been a huge success and those FOX and ABC comedies that aired last night would’ve gotten a boost from Fuller House had it aired on a Tuesday night.

      • Yeah I hope so too, it’s promos were really done well now the series itself needs to live up to that hype. I really want to see NBC finally hit on a multi-cam as well since it’s been a long search for them since Whitney came out 5 years ago. I’m rooting for Carmichael as well.

        • You’re not implying Whitney was a hit I hope… 🙂

          As we discussed, they’ve been searching since Will and Grace.

      • I watched the pilot over the summer and found it quite forgettable unfortunately. Hopefully future episodes are better.

        • I heard the pilot was bad in the summer but I know they already reshot it recently. Based on the scenes they’ve played in the promos it looks like it will be good for me but not sure for other people. I expect like most comedies for it to get off to a slow start.

          • Pilots today tend to be awful (which is a big problem). The reason? twelve network executives telling the director how to direct, the writer how to write and the actors how to say their lines…

    • Those are very low ratings, except for The Voice, NCIS (and to lesser degree NOLA).

      Personally, I don’t count NOLA as a hit because it is clearly too weak to stand on its own.

      I had to laugh at the idea that speed of renewal on Netflix means anything (except more PR from Netflix).

      I’m surprised they didn’t renew it before it aired like cable does. Give them time and they will copy that awful practice too.

      I disagree with you and think Fuller House would have been a huge flop. It’s easy for Netflix to pretend it’s a big hit. They get the PR machine going and the media talks about it like it’s a hit with no Nielsens to contradict them…

  4. As much as I love all of these FOX comedies, they’re clearly not working and should get the axe.

      • Of course it will. What would FOX do without Flop Girl destroying all hopes of etting that night going…

  5. I don’t know what it says about the state of Fox Tuesday when the highest rated show has 2.6 million viewers and only a 1.1 Demo. And they consider this a building block? This is lower than what NBC Thursday did before they pulled a plug on “Must Not See TV”

    Very sad Agent Carter never hit it off this season. Very well written period piece and excellent acting. I Hope the finale is conclusive as the first season was.

    • Totally agree with you on that one. 🙂

      I’m glad to see I’m not the only one being amazed at the chutzpah of the executives calling their flops “building blocks”. 😀