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Fox Tuesday Sitcoms Close Season with Minimal Interest

Easy Household Overnight Victory for CBS

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2015

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.5 rating/12 share, NBC: 5.6/ 9, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.7/ 3, Fox: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +30, CBS: no change, CW: -11, CW: -26, ABC: -56


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS stood well above the competition in the Tuesday overnights with its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 9.9 rating/17 share), spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 7.9/.12) and the final season of “Person of Interest” (#2: 4.8/ 8), which is now airing two times per week. Both “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” conclude for the season next week.

Fox’s Tuesday night comedies ended for the season (or in the case of “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” potentially the series) with minimal interest. “New Girl” opened with a 1.7/ 3 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. (#4), followed by “Grandfathered” (#5: 1.3/ 2), the season-finale of a 9 p.m. edition of “New Girl” (#4: 1.6/ 2) and “The Grinder” (#4: 1.2/ 2). My prediction is that both “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” are exiting.

NBC finished a comfortable second last night in households with its line-up of “The Voice” (#2: 6.2/10), which will win the 8 p.m. hour in the key demos with ease, “Chicago Med” (#2: 5.5/ 8) and “Chicago Fire” (#2: 4.8/ 8).

Elsewhere, ABC’s 8-10 p.m. combination of sitcoms “Fresh Off the Boat” (##: 2.9/ 5) and “The Real O’Neals” (#3: 2.2/ 2) and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (#3: 2.2/ 3) led into a mere 1.3/ 2 for a 10 p.m. edition of “BattleBots.” And The CW’s solid “The Flash” (#4: 2.5/ 4) led into a 1.0/ 1 for recent drama entry “Containment,” which dropped by 60 percent.

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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      • I figured as much:) Not really a surprise, most of the sitcoms I enjoy tend to do poorly in the ratings. Serves me right for not finding According to Jim funny!