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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Wins; NBC Solid; ABC and Fox a Disaster

'The Flash' on The CW Also in the Overnight 'Winners' Circle

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.2 rating/12 share, NBC: 4.1/ 7, ABC and The CW: 1.8/ 3, Fox: 1.7/ 3

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Week:
CW: +100, CBS: -12, Fox: -35, ABC and NBC: -42 each

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-Winners:

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

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

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was Tuesday household overnight business as usual, which for ABC and Fox was certainly not a good thing. “NCIS” on CBS topped the night, as always, with a solid 10.4 rating/16 share in households. And that led into a dominant 7.6/12 at 9 p.m. for spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans.” But the weak Tuesday link for the Eye net remains “Limitless” at 10 p.m., which at a second-place 3.8/ 6 trailed year-ago time period occupant “Person of Interest” (6.0/10 on 2/24/15) by 37 percent. Comparably, household retention for “Limitless” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “NCIS: New Orleans” (7.4/12) was only 51 percent. And “Limitless” trailed competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC (#1: 5.1/ 9) by 25 percent.

Question for CBS: Why don’t you just put “Person of Interest,” which is waiting in the wings with 13 new episodes, back in the time period?

Over at NBC, time period filler “Hollywood Game Night” finished second overall in the 8 p.m. hour at a 2.7/ 4 in households, which was eight percent above the 2.5/ 4 one week earlier. And it led into freshman “Chicago MD” at a 4.4/ 7 from 9-10 p.m., which built by a considerable 63 percent. Overnight growth for aforementioned “Chicago Fire” (#1: 5.1/ 9) out of “Chicago Med” was 16 percent.

Also in the “winners” circle last night was “The Flash” on The CW at a 2.6/ 4, which was equal to one week earlier. But a loss of 62 percent in households for lead-out ‘iZombie” at 9 p.m. (1.0/ 2) is just too severe.

Over at ABC, only sophomore sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” continues to generate any overnight interest on Tuesday at a 3.2/ 5 at 8 p.m. Next was waiting-to-be-axed “The Muppets” at a 1.7/ 3 at 8:30 p.m., followed by two episodes of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” at an average 1.5/ 3 from 9-11 p.m. Should ABC really be working on another Marvel-themed series?

Fox, meanwhile, was virtually off the overnight charts care of comedies “New Girl” (#5: 2.0/ 3), “Grandfathered” (#2t: 1.7/ 3), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.6/ 2) and “The Grinder” (#4: 1.3/ 2). John Stamos, no doubt, will fare better this Friday on Netflix when he guest stars as Uncle Jessie on the revival of “Fuller House.”

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

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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    • I think a lot of Limitless viewers earlier in the season switched over to Chicago Fire which may explain why Chicago Fire has been stronger this season. I knew the first few weeks when Limitless was fooling people that CF was going to come in and kill it.

  1. The voice is my head is telling me Fox will renew “Grandfathered,” ratings be darned, for political reasons. If CBS’s “Criminal Minds” returns for 2016-17 and “Grandfathered” doesn’t, John Stamos’s co-star Paget Brewster will gladly rejoin CM (in fact, she’s making a special appearance on CM later this season). Come to think of it, Stamos himself is no stranger to this type of questionable renewal. Some years back, ABC renewed his comedy “Jake in Progress” just to prevent him from jumping to NBC’s “ER.” JiP was cancelled one episode into season two, and Stamos joined “ER” by season’s end anyway and stayed for the rest of the series.

  2. In answer to your question: “Should ABC really be working on another Marvel-themed series?” The answer is yes. But they should do it right not half-assed. They need to look at what is working on Supergirl and Flash and do that with two name characters. Not a sidekick like Agent Carter.

  3. Go Flash, and all the other DC Comics shows. Lucifer-Arrow-Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Gotham returns next week, and soon AMC’s The Preacher will air.