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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Leads, but NBC is the Network to Beat in the Key Demos

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.2/12, NBC: 5.2/ 9, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 2.1/ 3, CW: 1.4/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded due to Election coverage airing on Nov. 9. 2016.

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-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this first Tuesday in November in the household overnights care of its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.5 rating/14 share), sophomore “Bull” (#1: 6.9/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 6.0/11). “Bull” inched past NBC’s competing “This Is Us” (#2: 6.8/11) by one-tenth of a household rating point. But “This Is Us” will hold a significant advantage in adults 18-49 (and all the key demo groups), and will easily lift NBC to victory for the night.

“This Is Us,” additionally, increased from solid lead-in “The Voice” (#2: 6.0/10 at 8 p.m.) by 13 percent in the household overnights. Lead-out “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers,” however, slipped by 60 percent with a 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m. Returning “Chicago Med” will inherit the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour on NBC effective on Nov. 21.

ABC, unfortunately, is just is not resonating on Tuesday following “The Middle” (#3: 3.8/ 6), which will produce two additional episodes in this final ninth season (taking the total to 24). Next was “Fresh Off the Boat” at a fourth-place 2.5/ 4 at 8:30 p.m., which dropped by 34 percent from “The Middle,” followed by the modest 9-11 p.m. combination of “black-ish” (#3: 2.7/ 4), “The Mayor” (#3: 1.8/ 3) and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (#3: 2.0/ 4).

If ABC wants to improve its status on Tuesday, it should open the night with the revival of “Roseanne” at 8 p.m. into “The Middle.” “Fresh Off the Boat” could be moved to Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. if the network decides to cancel failing “The Mayor” in midseason.

Elsewhere, Fox had nothing unusual to report with its line-up of “Lethal Weapon” (#4: 2.8/ 4 at 8 p.m.), “The Mick” (#4: 1.5/ 2 at 9 p.m.) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.3/ 2 at 9:30 p.m.). Fox has just ordered seven additional episodes of “The Mick,” bringing the total order in this second season to 20. And The CW featured “The Flash” (#5: 1.9/ 3), which remains the network’s highest rated series, and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.0/ 2).

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, November 7 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.4/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.8/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.0/11 (#1t)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.0/11 (#1t)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Mayor”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.8/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.6/11 (#2)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.2/11 (#1)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.9/11 (#1)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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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  • Bruce

    Question, Marc. A 1.0 18-49 comes to just about 1.3 million viewers. Where is that number compared to, say, 5 years ago? Has it increased or decreased? Do changes in the the makeup of the population affect that number significantly? This is apart from the issue of the absolute 18-49 numbers coming down because of dvr use and splintering of audiences to cable. Thanks, Marc

    • Louis

      That’s a good question. While the number of Age 2+ potential viewers has increased, I wonder if, due to the aging population, if the 18-49 segment has actually decreased.

  • Peter Dayspring

    For those craving great comedy on Tuesday nights (early evenings), “Motherland” just premiered on BBC2 and will air 6 more episodes. Catch it before a U.S. network buys the rights and royally screws it up. For those who aren’t tech savvy, have an 8-34 year-old show you how to watch or stream it. It’s bloody brilliant!