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CBS Wins Tuesday; ‘This Is Us’ on NBC Remains the Biggest New Hit of the Season

ABC and Fox Need to Revamp Nights Next Season

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.4 rating/12 share, NBC: 4.9/ 8, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.7/ 3

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +20, NBC: +17, Fox: + 6, CBS: no change, CW: – 6

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Ratings Breakdown:

CBS, once again, led the Tuesday household overnights with its seamless combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the evening: 9.5 rating/15 share), “Bull” (6.8/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (5.7/10), which was 39 percent above failed year-ago Tuesday 10 p.m. occupant “Limitless” (4.1/ 7 on 2/09/16). The Eye net finished first in all six half-hours. But the bigger story is “This Is Us,” which makes NBC a lock to win the evening in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demos). The relationship drama scored a heathy 6.6/10 in the 9 p.m. hour, building from the 8:30 p.m. portion of game show “The Wall” (3.8/ 6) by 74 percent and outdelivering year-ago time period occupant “Chicago Med” (4.7/ 7 on 2/09/16) by 40 percent. The only regret is only having 18 episodes of must see “This Is Us” in this first season.

“This Is Us” led into a second-place 4.5/ 8 for “Chicago Fire” at 10 p.m., which will dominate the hour demographically with ease. And aforementioned “The Wall,” which is a shoo-in for a second season renewal, scored a 3.7/ 6 in the 8 p.m. hour. Comparably, that bested “Hollywood Game Night” on the year-ago evening (2.7/ 4) by 37 percent.

ABC, as always, opened the evening with a respectable household overnight performance by veteran sitcom “The Middle” in the 8 p.m. half-hour (#2: 4.2/ 7). But it was downhill from there, with freshman “American Housewife” at a 3.4/ 5 (#3) at 8:30 p.m., followed by “Fresh Off the Boat” (#3: 2.3/ 4), “The Real O’Neals” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (#3: 1.5/ 3) from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, “The Flash” remains The CW’s top-rated series, with a fourth-place 2.1/ 3 at 8 p.m. And it led into a 1.3/ 2 (#5) for relocated “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” at 9 p.m. Fox, meanwhile, could not compete with its line-up of sitcoms “New Girl” (#5: 1.8/ 3), recently introduced “The Mick” (#5: 1.8/ 3) and soon-to-conclude “Bones” (#3t: 2.0/ 3).
What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, February 7 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.5/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “New Girl”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.1/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.6/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.0/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.0/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.6/10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Real O’Neals”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.6/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.5/10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.8/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.6/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.3/ 8 (#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 (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. I don’t know if I’d refer to CBS’ lineup as “seamless.” NCIS starts the night with a 9.5 and NCIS: NO ends it with a 5.6. They steadily lost about 40% of their audience as the night went on.

    • Agree with you. NO is no hit and only looks good because of the disasters all around the grid.

      I’d also really not call All of Us a hit, let alone a “big hit”…