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Easy Tuesday Overnight Victory for CBS Despite Lackluster ‘Limitless’ at 10 p.m. ET

NBC Most Improved; Fox a Complete Mess


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.6 rating/12 share, NBC: 4.0/ 6, ABC: 1.9/ 3, Fox and CW: 1.7/ 3 each

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:
NBC: +60, CBS: -11, CW: -19, ABC: -27, Fox: -37


“NCIS” (CBS), “The Flash” (CW), “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS), “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)

“New Girl” (Fox), “The Muppets” (ABC), “Grandfathered” (Fox), “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (ABC), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “The Grinder” (Fox), “iZombie” (CW), “Limitless” (CBS)


Ratings Breakdown:
It was another easy Tuesday overnight household victory for CBS, which featured dramas “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 10.8 rating/17 share), spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans” (7.9/12) and “Limitless” (#2: 4.0/ 7). But “Limitless” at 10 p.m. remains the weak link, with erosion of 31 percent from year-ago occupant “Person of Interest” (5.8/10 on 2/17/15) and retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “NCIS: New Orleans” (7.8/12) of just 51 percent. The logical solution would be to put benchwarmer “Person of Interest” back in the hour.

First at 10 p.m. was NBC’s consistent “Chicago Fire” at a 5.0/ 9, which bested the competition – aforementioned “Limitless” and the second half of a two-hour installment of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” on ABC (1.6/ 3) – by 25 percent and 212 percent, respectively.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was time period filler “Hollywood Game Night” at a 2.5/ 4 from 8-9 p.m. (#4), which was 39 percent above two episodes of sitcom “Parks and Recreation” on the year-ago evening, followed by freshman “Chicago Med” at a second-place 4.5/ 7 at 9 p.m. Comparably, “Chicago Med” built from “Hollywood Game Night” by a hefty 80 percent.

Over at The CW, “The Flash” remained consistently solid at a third-place 2.6/ 4 in the 9 p.m. hour but lead-out ‘iZombie” slipped to a 0.9/ 1 at 9 p.m. (#5). The CW, no doubt, could do better here.

Elsewhere, only sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” remains an option on ABC Tuesday, with a 3.2/ 5 at 8 p.m. (#2) into a last-place 1.6/ 3 for waiting-to-be axed “The Muppets” at 8:30 p.m. And the aforementioned two-hour installment of time period warmer “Marvels’ Agent Carter” scored a mere 1.7/ 3 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m.

Fox, meanwhile, remains a Tuesday mess from start to finish with its sitcom line-up of “New Girl” (#5: 2.1/ 3), “Grandfathered” (#4: 1.7/ 3), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.6/ 2) and “The Grinder” (#4: 1.4/ 2). For my thoughts on “The Grinder” at Campaign US, click here:

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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  1. IMO, Limitless is the better program; POI relies on gratuitous gunplay over story. I initially was a big fan but as it dwindled into increasing violence it killed my interest. But, I concede the numbers dictate a change. Perhaps, Limitless suffers from the time slot. It seems more compatible with Scorpion and I wonder if viewership would improve in the pairing.

  2. POI is a much better program than Limitless can ever hope to be. It’s time to bring it back. I miss my team.