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Clean Tuesday Overnight Sweep for CBS; ‘This is Us’ on NBC is the Standout

Nothing Positive of Note for ABC, Fox or The CW

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.5/13, NBC: 4.7/ 7, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +26, NBC: +17, Fox: + 6, CBS: – 1, CW: -76

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean overnight household sweep for CBS with its line-up of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 9.2 rating/16 share), “Bull” (6.7/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (6.6/12), which was 65 percent above failed drama “Limitless” on the year-ago evening (4.0/ 7 on 2/16/16). But the bigger story remains “This is Us” on NBC, which scored a 6.2/10 in the overnights at 9 p.m. and will top the evening in adults 18-49 (and all the key demographic groups). Comparably, “This Is Us” was 38 percent above former time period occupant “Chicago Med” one year earlier (4.5/ 7), and it built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of game show “The Wall” (3.5/ 6 at 8 p.m.) by 77 percent.

Overall, “The Wall” scored a 3.5/ 6 in the 8 p.m. hour, which bested year-ago time period occupant “Hollywood Game Night” (2.5/ 4) by a hefty 40 percent. And “Chicago Fire,” which leads out of “This Is Us,” should have no trouble winning the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 with a 4.3/ 8 (#2) in the household overnights.

On The CW, the finale of reality/competition “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within,” which was featured in the first five episodes on digital platform CW Seed, had no traction with a mere 0.4/ 1 at 8 p.m. And it led into a 0.5/ 1 for an encore telecast of “The Flash” at 9 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC had a typical Tuesday, declining as the night progressed with its combination of sitcoms “The Middle” (#2: 3.9/ 7), “American Housewife” (#3: 3.4/ 6), “Fresh off the Boat” (#3: 2.3/ 4) and “The Real O’Neals” (#4: 1.8/ 3), and sluggish “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (#3: 1.5/ 3 at 10 p.m.). And Fox could not compete with its line-up of “New Girl” (#4: 1.6/ 3), recently introduced sitcom “The Mick” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and soon-to-conclude “Bones” (#4: 1.9/ 3).
What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, February 14 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.2/16 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “New Girl”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.2/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.7/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6./10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Real O’Neals”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.6/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.1/10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.7/12 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.4/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.5/12 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.2/ 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. Well seeing how ABC was actually up 24% year to year it could’ve been worse. Their biggest problem is that Fresh off the Boat is an acquired taste (although I enjoy it) and that hasn’t helped the much funnier O’Neals at all. Agents of Shield should have been cancelled a long time ago.

    Fox can’t get anything to work right now. The Mick is a funny show. Makes you wonder why it couldn’t get the fall Sunday 8:30 slot instead of the stupid Son of Zorn.

    • The Mick is their highest rated non animated sitcom right now. Let’s take a moment to dwell on that for a moment. Yikes. I feel FOX is in worse shape than NBC was 5 years ago. May be worse if NBC brings American Idol back and it beats Fox more.

      • Well said! 🙂

        FOX’ comedy lineup is a disaster.

        The reason? Walden and Newman think fake-edgy shows please the population even though the ratings show them otherwise.

        Why is James Murdoch tolerating this?