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‘The Muppets’ and ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ Sign-off with Minimal Interest

CBS Wins in Households; NBC Poised for a Clean Sweep Demographically in All 6 Half-Hours

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016

Household Rating/Share
Note: Network averages for the Big 3 are approximate due to coverage of the Super Tuesday Republican and Democratic primaries in the 10 p.m. ET hour.
CBS: 6.6 rating/10 share, NBC: 6.5/10, ABC: 1.7/ 3, Fox: 1.6/ 2, CW: 0.7/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Oscar Night (3/01/15):
CBS: +22, CW: -22, NBC: -24, Fox: -30, ABC: -47

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Ratings Breakdown:
Note: Program averages for the Big 3 are approximate due to coverage of the Super Tuesday Republican and Democratic primaries in the 10 p.m. ET hour.

CBS inched past NBC by one-tenth of a rating point in the household overnights, but NBC is poised for adult 18-49 victory in all six half-hours thanks to “The Voice” at a healthy 7.9 rating/12 share from 8-10 p.m. Unlike the network scripted dramas, which are losing considerable steam following these long hiatuses, a singing competition like “The Voice” is not impacted because this is an entirely new edition.

Just renewed “NCIS” on CBS dominated the evening in the household overnights, as always, with a 9.5/15 from 8-9 p.m. And it led into spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans” at a second-place 7.0/11 at 9 p.m., which slipped by 26 percent.

In season (or series) finale news, two episodes of ABC’s reboot of “The Muppets” averaged a mere 1.8/ 3 (#3t) from 8-9 p.m. into sophomore “Marvel’s Agent Carter” at a 1.6/ 2 (#3) from 9-10 p.m. Both series should officially be ending, and the lesson to be learned is not every show should be remade.

Fox was off the Tuesday charts once again care of sitcoms “New Girl” (#3: 2.1/ 3), “Grandfathered” (#3t, 1.6/ 2), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.5/ 2) and “The Grinder” (#4: 1.2/ 2). Tick, tock…the cancellation clock should be ticking on all four of these half-hours. And The CW populated the evening with an encore telecast of “The World Dog Awards” at a 0.7/ 1 in households from 8-10 p.m.

Coverage of Super Tuesday in the 10 p.m. hour fared as follows by half-hour:

10:00 p.m.
ABC – Your Voice/Your Vote 2016: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – CBS News: Campaign 2016: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – Decision 2016: Super Tuesday: 4.7/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – Your Voice/Your Vote 2016: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – CBS News: Campaign 2016: 2.8/ 5 (#2)
NBC – Decision 2016: Super Tuesday: 3.1/ 5 (#1)

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. Are the ABC & NBC 10pm numbers reversed? Seems weird that NBC would drop like a rock and ABC would rise significantly from their 9:30 lead ins.

  2. I guess that The Muppets must be one of the biggest disappointments of the season, if not the biggest, as far as new shows go.

  3. Looks like there are not very many “Criminal Minds” fans. I’ve watched every single episode since the very first one.