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CBS Tops Tuesday Overnights; Modest Sampling for ‘Containment’ on The CW

NBC's 'The Voice' Expected to Dominate Evening in Adults 18-49


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.7 rating/11 share, NBC: 5.6/ 9, ABC: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.7/ 3, Fox: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Week:
NBC: +14, CBS: +12, CW: -11, Fox: -28, ABC: -34


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS remained the network to beat in the Tuesday household overnights care of “NCIS” (#1 for the night, season low 9.1 rating/15 share), “NCIS: New Orleans” (7.5/12) and freshman “Limitless” (#2: 3.6/ 6). But overnight slippage for “Limitless” out of “NCIS: New Orleans” was 52 percent, and it trailed competing “Chicago Fire” (5.3/ 9) on NBC by 32 percent.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was a one-hour edition of “The Voice” at a second-place 6.3/10 at 8 p.m., which should have no trouble topping the night in adults 18-49, followed by freshman “Chicago Med” at a solid (and second place) 5.3/ 8 at 9 p.m. Make room NBC… there should be a fourth “Chicago”-set drama next season in the form of “Chicago Law.”

In series-premiere news, CW drama “Containment” opened with a 1.2/ 2 (#4) in the household overnights at 9 p.m., which was 33 percent above the season-finale of ‘iZombie” one week earlier (0.9/ 1 on April 12). But overnight retention out of lead-in “The Flash” (#3t”: 2.2/ 3 at 8 p.m.) was lacking at 55 percent.

Elsewhere, a repeat of “Fresh off the Boat” on ABC (#3: 2.3/ 4) led into recent sitcom entry “The Real O’Neals” at a 2.2/ 3 (#3t) at 8:30 p.m. From a compatibility standpoint, “The Real O’Neals” is worthy of a second season renewal. Next was “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” at a 2.0/ 3 (#3) at 9 p.m., followed by struggling “Beyond the Tank” at a distant third-place 1.5/ 2 at 10 p.m. Unfortunately, the “sharks” are not always a guarantee of success.

Fox finish last with its sitcom line-up of just renewed “New Girl” at 8 p.m. (#5: 1.6/ 5) and 8:30 p.m. (#5: 1.3/ 2), the season-finale of also renewed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.3/ 2) and “The Grinder” (#4t, 1.1/ 2).

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 ( 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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