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CBS Tops Tuesday Overnights; NBC the Net to Beat in Adults 18-49

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.6/12, NBC: 6.2/10, ABC: 2.5/ 4, CW: 1.3/ 2, Fox: 1.2/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +38, ABC: + 4, NBC: -12, CW: -24, Fox: -37
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-Winners:
“NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Flash” (CW), “This Is Us” (NBC)

-Losers:
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “Fresh off the Boat” (ABC), “The Real O’Neals” (ABC), “New Girl” (Fox), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “No Tomorrow” (CW), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (ABC)
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-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led in the Tuesday overnights, topping No. 2 NBC by 23 percent in households with its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 9.2 rating/15 share), freshman drama “Bull” (7.5/12) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (6.1/11). CBS finished first in each of the six half-hours. But NBC’s line-up of “The Voice” (#2: 6.5/10), the fall season-finale of “This Is Us” (#2: 7.1/11) and “Chicago Fire” (#2: 4.9/ 9) should have no trouble resulting in a first-place finish for the evening in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demos). Given the overnight growth of nine percent for “This Is Us” out of “The Voice,” “This Is Us” truly is the biggest hit new series, both creatively and by the numbers. It returns on January 10.

On ABC, veteran “The Middle” opened the night with a respectable 4.1/ 7 in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour, but it was all downhill with “American Housewife” (#3: 3.2/ 5), “Fresh Off the Boat” (#3: 2.4/ 4), “The Real O’Neals” (#3: 2.0/ 3) and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (#3: 1.8/ 3) from 8:30-11 p.m. The first step to repairing the night is axing “The Real O’Neals” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.”

“The Flash” remains The CW’s highest-rated series at a comfortable fourth-place 2.3/ 3 from 8-9 p.m., which beat competing Fox sitcoms “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#5: 1.7/ 3) and “New Girl” (#5: 1.3/ 2) by an average of 53 percent in households. But canceled “No Tomorrow” lived up to its title with a 0.5/ 1 at 9 p.m. And competing “Scream Queens” on Fox needs to be sent packing with a 0.8/ 1 (#4). So much for renewing a series based on its strength solely in social media.

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, November 22 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.2/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.3/10 (#2)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.7/ 3 (#5)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.3/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.8/11 (#1)
Fox – “New Girl” 1.3/ 2 (#5)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.2/ 3 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.6/12 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.2/11 (#2)
Fox – “Scream Queens”: 0.8/ 1 (#4)
CW – “No Tomorrow”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Real O’Neals”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “ Bull”: 7.3/12 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.0/11 (#2)
Fox – “Scream Queens”: 0.8/ 1 (#4)
CW – “No Tomorrow”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.2/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.9/11 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.9/ 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 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. American Housewife & Fresh off the Boat have much bigger drops than The Real O’Neals yet you single that show out to be canceled. The ball has been dropped well before The Real O’Neals airs. It’s hard to score ratings when the 2 shows airing before it both drop a significant number of viewers.

    • Sorry John, but something has to go and it does deserve to be The Real O’Neals based on these lackluster ratings.

      • Agent of SHIELD should have gone a long time ago too.

        Speaking of things that need to go, New Girl delivered another hilariously funny low-ratings performance…