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CBS Tops First Tuesday in May

Respectable Return for Final Season of 'Person of Interest'

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, May 3 broken out by network and by each half-hour:

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 11.42 million, NBC: 7.92, ABC: 2.86, CW: 2.38, Fox: 1.91

-Adults 18-49:

CBS: 1.6 rating/6 share, NBC: 1.6/ 5, ABC and Fox: 0.8/ 3 each, CW: 0.9/ 3

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.25 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 14.50 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 8.08 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#2)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.27 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#5)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.29 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#4)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Real O’Neals
Viewers: 3.29 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 14.63 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 8.76 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

Fox – Grandfathered
Viewers: 1.88 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#5)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.27 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.98 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 12.63 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.65 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 1.91 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

CW – Containment
Viewers: 1.59 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.79 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 12.07 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.49 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

Fox – The Grinder
Viewers: 1.57 million (#4), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

CW – Containment
Viewers: 1.36 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#4t)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 1.88 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Person of Interest (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.77 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.68 million (#2), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 1.98 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Person of Interest (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.93 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.84 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

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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

    “NCIS” IS TUESDAY’S MOST WATCHED AND HIGHEST RATED PROGRAM IN KEY DEMOS

    “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS” POSTS GROWTH IN A18-49 AND A25-54

    SEASON PREMIERE OF “PERSON OF INTEREST” TOPS YEAR AGO FINALE IN A18-49

    CBS PLACES FIRST ON TUESDAY IN VIEWERS, A18-49 AND A25-54

    At 8:00 PM, NCIS was first in viewers (14.56m), A18-49 (1.9, nc) and A25-54 (2.9, nc), the night’s top program in all these measures.
    ·
    At 9:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was first in viewers (12.35m), A18-49 (1.8, up +13% from 1.6) and A25-54 (2.6, up +4% from 2.5).

    At 10:00 PM, the final season premiere of PERSON OF INTEREST averaged 7.35m, 1.2 in A18-49, up +9% from last year’s finale and 1.7 in A25-54.
    ·
    For the night, CBS was first in viewers (11.42m), A18-49 (1.6, tie) and A25-54 (2.4).

  2. FROM NBC

    NBC RATINGS NOTES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 3

    Despite very strong
    competition from the cable news networks reporting on results from the
    Indiana primary, as well as several NBA and NHL playoff games …

    NBC tied for first for the night in the 18-49 demo with a 1.6/5 in the 18-49 demo and 7.9 million viewers overall.

    At 8 p.m., “The Voice” (1.6/6, 8.4 million viewers overall) grew .2 in the second half-hour.

    “The Voice” tied for first among the Big 4 networks with 18-49 women and 18-34 women.

    “The Voice” will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD. Tuesday’s “Voice” has increased by +25% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.88 to a 3.59) and 2.1 million viewers overall (11.9 million
    to 14.0 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    Upscale: Tuesday’s
    “Voice” has delivered a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 118
    among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current,”
    including L+3).

    At 9 p.m., “Chicago Med” drew a 1.5/5, 7.5 million viewers overall and was even in the 18-49 demo in both half-hours.

    NBC wins the 10 p.m. hour with “Chicago Fire” (1.6/5, 7.7 million) in the 18-49 demo, total viewers and all key measures.

    “Chicago Fire” handily defeated the season premiere of CBS’ “Person of Interest.”

    “Chicago Fire” delivered its 28thconsecutive 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.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday Night:

    In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.6/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.4/4.

    In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/5; “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 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET,
    “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat
    CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People
    Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/3 in
    18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/1).

    n
    At 1:35 a.m.,
    “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market
    households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local
    people meters.

  3. FROM ABC

    Fresh Off the Boat
    (8-8:30pm – 4.2 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49):
    Opposite originals of CBS’ NCIS and NBC’s The Voice at 8pm, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat
    was once again Tuesday’s #1 comedy, beating Fox’s New Girl head to head
    in the half-hour by 1.9 million viewers (4.2 million vs. 2.3 million)
    and 10% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/4 vs. 1.0/4). Fresh Off the Boat has finished as
    the most watched Tuesday night comedy on every original telecast of 2016.

    The Real O’Neals
    (8:30-9pm – 3.3 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49):
    Delivering a strong 91% lead-in retention at 8:30pm with young adults,
    ABC’s The Real O’Neals once again dominated its freshman Fox comedy competition
    in the half-hour (Grandfathered) in Total Viewers (+74% – 3.3 million vs. 1.9 million) and Adults 18-49
    (+43% – 1.0/3 vs. 0.7/3). In fact, The Real O’Neals topped all 4 of Fox’s comedies on the night in Total Viewers and tied New Girl (at 8pm) in Adults 18-49 as the night’s #2 comedy, behind only Fresh Off the Boat. ABC freshman comedy
    held even week to week in Adults 18-49.

    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    (9-10pm – 2.9 million and 0.9/3 in AD18-49): At 9pm, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. held steady
    week to week Adults 18-49 (0.9/3 vs. 1.0/3). S.H.I.E.L.D. won the hour with Teens 12-17.
    Live + 7 Day Season to Date/L+3 for Last Week: On average this season, originals of S.H.I.E.L.D. jump +77% from L+SD to average a 2.3 rating in Live + 7 Day
    Adults 18-49. And last Tuesday’s telecast (on 4/26/16) of the ABC drama
    was the night’s biggest broadcast gainer with a +60% spike in Adults 18-49, after just 3 days of TV playback.

  4. The Voice below Idol levels is kind of shocking….normally most reality shows rise towards the end but the Voice is the only one I believe that sinks….yes I know its because such and such but those numbers are pretty darn bad for a show that (just last year) was still the scourge on whatever night it was on…NCIS combo handily won the night easily beating the Voice in viewers and demos….Oh my.

    At least NBC has CF which bucked its losing trend last night.

    I watched the Flash and Containment

    The Flash was excellent, still don’t buy the “I gave up my powers to save Wally” part a few episodes back (that was just stupid) beyond that the show has been great since the beginning.

    Containment despite its awful numbers is really an excellent show, it should of been on CBS or FOX as it fits their shows better….I love this show and it says so much about our society today (media negligence, potential terrorism from abroad, naive American society and Police caught in the middle and not looking good due to the situation which is beyond them). I think the only thing I was like “what?” was when the lead cop was going to order people into the area….c’mon, I wouldn’t go and most won’t as it could mean death….that wouldn’t happen. Other than that I LOVE this show.

    • Do you think that if NBC had only done one cycle a year, as Fox always did with Idol, that the ratings would have stayed higher?

      I love The Flash. I am not so entranced with Arrow anymore.

      • No, Idol died b/c it stopped producing stars….plus TV ratings are WAY down across the board. This would have happened even if there was only 1 show per season….

        • No, I didn’t mean that. I was asking if anyone thought that the Voice’s ratings would have maintained higher ratings longer if they had just done one cycle per season like Idol always did.

          • The experience of American Idol (which fought FOX to remain only once a year) shows that not overexposing a competition show is the right thing to do if you want it to last.

            Network executives don’t care about that because they are desperate to have something that works now and aren’t paid to care about the longer term health of their network (they should be but they aren’t).

      • I agree with Joe that ratings are down across the board as well. Seems like with The Voice after blinds that is when it go’s down in ratings add to the fact that they don’t produce stars. I have always been one cycle for the voice which is always the spring edition that I watch.

        • Do people really care if The Voice doesn’t produce a superstar? The Bachelor hasn’t really produced that many real life weddings and it goes on and on.

        • Ratings are down across the board because the shows are not that good across the board.

          This didn’t used to be the case, but the past few years, the season has petered out to a limp conclusion.

          Even NCIS is dipping alarmingly (do I feel a new fat contract offer for Cote DePablo..?)

  5. NCIS and Chicago twins continue do very well on Tuesdays but man The Voice right now is at some dangerous levels. That show has lost a lot of interest this season. The show is lucky that the Olympics are coming in at the right time to prop it back up as I’m sure all you will see is “Miley is Coming to The Voice” promos this August while you’re watching the summer games.

    When it comes to Person of Interest this was one of the two most badly handled shows by CBS that came back to haunt them with their drama situation these days as they should’ve left POI alone on Thursdays at 9pm and The Mentalist at 9pm on Tuesdays behind NCIS. I think The Mentalist would’ve done better at this point than NCIS: NO had it still been around today. I remember both shows getting over 20 million viewers together way back in the 2008-09 season. This is why you don’t touch what’s not broken and I’m hope NBC learns from this kind of mistake and leave Med and Fire together on Tuesdays.

    SVU and Chicago PD finally return tonight!

    • Interesting comment on The Mentalist.

      I agree with you that The Mentalist would have had bigger audiences behind NCIS (It was actually beating NCIS by the end of season 1!)

      I do disagree it was a bad idea to move it. The whole idea about launching shows behind a good lead-in is that you can move them and have them stand on their own, which Mentalist did on Thursdays.

      The biggest mistake Mentalist (or CBS) did was to resurrect Red John. After this malarkey, the writing ,directing, even the photography suffered as the people making the show started making it for the money alone and the quality collapsed (so did the ratings).

      PoI was never a real hit and I may be biased but I don’t think CBS should have invested so much in it (you’ll disagree I’m sure. 🙂 ).

      • I remember The Mentalist beating NCIS also it had gotten so hot at one point that season that The Mentalist was the most watched scripted show of the week for a few weeks that year. Outside of Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men’s big Charlie dies premiere in I believe in 2011, I don’t think I’ve seen a scripted show top NCIS ever since.

        Remember Rena they moved The Mentalist to Thursdays like the season after and that was so stupid just because they wanted to give the NCIS lead-in to NCIS: LA. While I do agree that CBS should launch new shows after NCIS and it worked a bit actually after NCIS: NO, I still think when you have that big of a chance to build a new monster like The Mentalist was that season you have to let it be. The Mentalist writing did get pretty bad in season two so it probably would’ve declined but 2010 would’ve been the better time to move it than one season in 2009.

        Another dumb move CBS made was breaking up that powerful Criminal Minds and CSI: NY tandem on Wednesdays. I guarantee you right now NBC wouldn’t have been able to launch PD out of SVU so successfully if that combo was still around. CSI: NY was slowly becoming the best CSI in the franchise and it could’ve still been around today especially because the show itself with the technology it was using was ahead of its time.

        As far as POI goes that not one of my shows I didn’t really get into it like that but I do think CBS should’ve left it alone on Thursdays but the show wasn’t going to last as long as The Mentalist in my opinion as far as success goes.

        • I do remember it the same. The Mentalist (which I still think is the last real scripted hit to premiere on network TV to this day) did reach the #1 slot (albeit barely above 20 million viewers – far from CSI levels)

          I’d be kinder (for once) with CBS as they needed Mentalist to spruce up Thursdays, which was their Big Day at the time (see how it collapsed since!) and there was no reason to think it wouldn’t hold up well there (and it did to a degree but never reached the same heights).

          My take on it is that Mentalist was too much like Monk meets Psych meets Monk with a slight twist (Jane manipulating people) and it was very hard to maintain over a long show because it had already been done a number of times.

          Since I just skewered current “photography” earlier, I’ll point out that Mentalist was one of the last shows to have great cinematography. I literally could watch it with the sound off just to watch the photography. Sadly today executives think video looks just like film and DPs are too afraid for their jobs to argue the point.

          You may be right that another year after NCIS would have solidified it. Personally I think the main problem of CBS is that NinaTassler took over picking the shows and she followed the example of the other networks by picking shows people didn’t care about.

          More to come..

        • Since moving CSI NY to Fridays was part of the move that saved Fridays, I am loath to argue against it.

          Seriously, if not for Les Moonves putting Blue Bloods and CSI:NY Fridays, we’d have two night of re-runs on network TV.

          I’ll of course argue over the level of success of the NBC shows. 🙂

          What is the technology you were referring to with CSI:NY?

          As with Mentalist, it was shot on film and was one of the last show to look truly terrific on network TV. Amazing how we’ve lost that… 🙁

          Also not a fan of PoI. 🙂 To be fair, putting and keeping Elementary on Thursdays in spite of its dreadful ratings was a huge blow to CBS.

  6. I think The Voice should be reduced to one season a year. I am burned out beyond belief on that show. I didn’t even bother watching this year.

    The Chicago shows are holding up well. Where will Chicago Justice be put?

    I am disturbed that Fox is somehow okay with that comedy block. Truly awful. You can’t rebuild from that.

    • Flop Girl has been their “tentpole” for years. Even with the change in personnel, Flop Girl kept being hyped for all the uncountable people who were rumored (by FOX) to be watching it…

      It’s the absolute best example of a show that kept being renewed because executives wanted to keep shoving money at the people making it against all logic.

      10 new comedies could have been tried with the money wasted of New Girl. 🙁

      I know with Walden and Newman picking the odds weren’t high of a success, but it would still have been better odds than guaranteeing failure.

    • Perhaps more and more Americans are realizing the contestants on The Voice will immediately return to obscurity after season’s end, as I realized three years ago when I quit watching the show.

  7. Always awful ratings for New Girl and Agent of SHIELD (or as I like to call them Flop Girl and Agent of F.L.O.P.)…

    Just saying…

    It’s not like renewing them wasn’t a choice…