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NBC Wins Tuesday Overall

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, April 26 broken out by network and by each half-hour:

Total Viewers:
NBC: 9.05 million, CBS: 8.13, ABC: 3.13, CW: 2.51, Fox: 2.02

Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.8 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.2/ 4, ABC and CW: 0.9/ 3 each, Fox: 0.8/ 3

Adults 18-34:
NBC: 1.1 rating/5 share, CW: 0.8/ 3, Fox: 0.7/ 3, CBS: 0.6/ 3, ABC: 0.5/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.67 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t), A18-34: 0.7/ 3 (#4t)

CBS – NCIS (repeat)
Viewers: 10.01 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#4), A18-34: 0.7/ 3 (#4t)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 9.48 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1), A18-34: 1.2/ 6 (#1)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.47 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#5), A18-34: 0.9/ 4 (#3)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.40 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#2)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Real O’Neals
Viewers: 3.48 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#3t)

CBS – NCIS (repeat)
Viewers: 10.17 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2t), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#3t)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.38 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1), A18-34: 1.3/ 6 (#1)

Fox – Grandfathered
Viewers: 1.85 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.33 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2t), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#2)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 3.43 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3), A18-34: 0.7/ 3 (#2t)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans (repeat)
Viewers: 8.84 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#4)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.88 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#1)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 1.97 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4), A18-34: 0.7/ 3 (#2t)

CW – Containment
Viewers: 1.68 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5), A18-34: 0.5/ 3 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Viewers: 3.08 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#2)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans (repeat)
Viewers: 8.34 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2), A18-34: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 9.04 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#1)

Fox – New Girl (repeat)
Viewers: 1.78 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4), A18-34: 0.5/ 2 (#4)

CW – Containment
Viewers: 1.62 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5), A18-34: 0.4/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 2.07 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3), A18-34: 0.3/ 1 (#3)

CBS – Limitless (season finale)
Viewers: 5.97 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2), A18-34: 0.7/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 8.33 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 1.1/ 5 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 2.08 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3), A18-34: 0.2/ 1 (#3)

CBS – Limitless (season finale)
Viewers: 5.44 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2), A18-34: 0.6/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 8.20 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1), A18-34: 1.0/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. Wow, look how close the demo for The Flash is to The Voice.
    That demo dooms Limitless, I would think.

    • Demos don’t mean much. It’s the hideous overall numbers that doom Limitless, unless Les Moonves wants CBS to reach down and touch NBC, ABC, FOX and CW levels…

  2. Impressive performance for the Chicago shows. For as poor a job NBC has done developing successful scripted programming, the one bright spot is the rollout and branding of these shows. They aren’t going to be winning any Emmy’s, but they’ll certainly keep the lights on for the network when it doesn’t have The Voice or Sunday Night Football.

    Speaking of the former… NBC needs to be careful with how it handles The Voice going forward. After the “chair auditions”, both the fall and spring cycles lose considerable ground ratings-wise – and it seems to get worse each cycle. The gimmick of the chair won’t last forever, either – they need to plan their schedule accordingly. When DWTS is soundly beating it in viewers, and nearly matching it in demo (despite it being on for 10 more years), you know there’s a problem.

    • NBC has done a very good job branding the Chicago franchise and the bad part about it was when Chicago Fire first came out it seemed like red-headed stepchild that got some Olympic promotion but you had that feeling like it would be cancelled and then out of nowhere a new franchise is born and now NBC has their most valuable enterprise since Law & Order.

      I think the Chicago franchise is sort of a new strategy that the networks can play towards as scripted ratings continue to get lower and lower every year. I think branding shows this way is the way to go and finding shows that have a solid large following but don’t get that much hype in the media. Only NBC and CBS has a valuable franchise like this with CBS having NCIS. That’s why ABC and FOX are struggling so much they’re too busy trying to find flashy hits instead of solid ratings procedurals.

      NBC needs to keep an eye on The Voice and think of a strategy of how they want to handle The Voice. I think NBC should think about doing only one season of The Voice and making it two months longer and it shouldn’t air in the spring. I also think it might be time to get it away from Dancing with the Stars on Mondays because that’s slowly killed it because DWTS ain’t going anywhere that show will be around in 2030s. Maybe the Tuesday-Wednesday strategy could be in play here.

      NBC could really think about shuffling their entire schedule this year but the only problem with leaving The Voice off of Mondays is what do you replace it with? Superstore didn’t do that well to carry a night, the network was still coming in a distant 4th place. I think NBC will still be fine leaving The Voice on Mondays with Miley coming in but eventually it will need to move. LBS has started to disappoint me lately as it’s not as huge as I thought it would be long-term so that’s not a replacement for The Voice so it’s something NBC needs to keep an eye to make sure The Voice doesn’t die out like Idol did.

      • If Marvel has taught us one thing, it’s that people enjoy an extended universe. I do find it funny that Molly’s appears to be the only bar in Chicago.

        • You’re right and that was actually a nice comparison because it’s true that’s why Marvel movies are so successful. Also funny about Molly’s because my sister was saying the same thing just recently ironically that they never go to any other bars in town. LOL!

        • What Marvel taught me is that people don’t want to watch Marvel-produced TV shows… 😉

      • LBS is going to flame out faster than Are You Smarter than a 4th Grader. What a boring show. There’s no hook or competition to keep it going or give you someone to root for. NBC should enjoy the better-than-usual Sunday ratings while it can.

        • I agree I got bored of LBS pretty quickly and that’s because I think it would’ve worked better as a competition. You don’t see the same kids every week and they’re quickly forgotten. I would actually get into The Voice Kids if they came out with that because at least I’ll be able to see the kids for at least 2-3 months.

          I want LBS to do well for LBS’ sake but you’re right it’s going to burnout pretty quickly. NBC definitely better enjoy the better-than-usual Sunday ratings. Even though the comedies squander more than half of the lead-in I think they should renew both of them because they seem to have gone as LBS goes and NBC doesn’t brand their comedies right like they do with their dramas and realities.

          • Interesting comments, Hello and Tough.

            If LBS goes down as you think it will I’ll be your witness you called it! 🙂

              • NBC just casts Drew Barrymore to First Dates, so it looks like they are trying to find their next reality hit.

                • That’s a really good signing as she’s a big name who can sell the show based on her name. I agree that NBC is definitely trying to find their next big reality hit.

              • You’re welcome. Always enjoy reading your thoughts even (and particularly!) when I disagree. 🙂

      • I don’t think the branding has anything to do with it.

        They are produced by Dick Wolf and as such are more solid that the dreadful shows produced elsewhere.

        The one nice thing I an say about Bob Greenblatt is that unlike Ben SIlverman he doesn’t wage war on his only knowledgeable producer.

    • Sad that shows that can’t beat an NCIS re-run are branded “impressive”, although of course if you compare them to New Girl…

      Compared to New Girl, even some CW shows look impressive…

  3. Chicago brothers are beastin’ right now and these numbers are much more impressive with The Voice way lower right now. They are super close to tying or passing up The Voice if this trend continues in the next year or two. Don’t get me wrong though both shows do better behind The Voice so it isn’t good news when The Voice is down like that but that damn retention rate is sick. That might be the retention performance sans LBS premiere behind The Voice of all-time.

    If everything stands the Chicago twins not only will be NBC’s top-rated scripted show this week but surpassing a bunch of other shows that are strong demo players on the competing networks. One rating I’m going to really keep an eye on this week is Scandal’s rating on Thursday, Chicago Med might beat it this week.

    Like I’ve said before NBC should keep these Chicago twins back-to-back behind The Voice next season and continue this momentum. The question stands on the rest of the schedule which I’m sure we’ll get into as Upfronts are fast approaching here in the next 2-3 weeks. NBC should do something similar with Chicago Justice and Chicago PD back-to-back but they might need to separate them because they need help on Thursdays and Blindspot needs a timeslot and Fridays are in play here.

    As for the rest of the ratings there’s nothing to talk about except two things, based on these comedy numbers the NBC comedies on Sundays don’t look too bad in comparison now and Limitless will be in a fierce battle to get one of the last two CBS renewals coming up. Beyond Borders has failed on CBS Wednesdays and these are key weeks to that show as Limitless, Supergirl, and Code Black are all in play here to get one of the two renewals.

  4. In regards to which shows CBS should bring back and which they shouldn’t, put me in the group that is against Limitless from a ratings perspective (and that perspective only- I haven’t seen the show). I’m in the same boat when it comes to the CSI:Cyber spinoff and Code Black. I’m not sold Supergirl will ever be a “CBS show”. In fact, I’m not sure the superhero show vibe really works on major networks at all. If CBS can swing it financially, they should place Supergirl on the CW. I would bet a very significant amount of the demo follows it right over. I actually think the Criminal Minds spinoff has done quite well and would fit well in the CBS vibe of shows. They need a night to leave alone. Wednesday night would be a good choice for that.

  5. I am burned out on the Voice. I didn’t even bother watching this season. Way too many episodes and too many hours to fill. Simply do not have the time and it’s a drag to watch on Hulu. Time for one cycle a season but NBC won’t do it.

    Chicago Shows holding up well which assures me Chicago Justice will be upon us soon. But where to put it? Thursday needs the most help

    • Very perceptive comment. 🙂

      That’s how over-exposure works.

      The greatest examples in recent times were Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and that show with the briefcases whose name escapes me.

      These were two shows that, if handled right, would have lasted years and years.

      May I suggest to Mr. Greenblatt “Chicago Pawn Shop”, “Chicago Bar” and Chicago Lake Patrol”?

      When is turning your back on anything original enough? When your ratings reach zero? [not a comment on you – a comment on Mr. Greenblatt!]

  6. The entire ABC and FOX Tuesday should have been thrown away a long time ago, but it seems most of those mega-flops will come back for reasons unknown…

    What a waste.

    Agree with SoTB abut Limitless doing horribly (he used nicer words! 🙂 ).

  7. Just finished watching Containment…I gotta say, this is a good show. They also push so many political buttons….now they say this could be a Terrorist attack via Syrian refugee (hot button item); Loss of rights (hot button item), asking the person you are speaking with if its okay to answer your cell phone (not a hot button item but to me it is), The young naively falling prey to this disease is very realistic…heck, I was in my 20s once :). believe me my friends and I thought we knew it all but we knew NOTHING.

    I’m loving this show…love how they showed that the media is out for ratings and not to report the facts (they are slime IMO)

    The show won’t make it back next season and I’m glad about that but these limited run series are kind of fun