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Tuesday Overnights: NBC Leads; More Success for ‘Will & Grace’

Second-Place CBS Was in All Repeats

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER December 5, 2017

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 5.0/ 8, CBS: 4.2/ 7, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 2.4/ 4, CW: 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: +100, CW: +15, ABC: no change, NBC: -19, CBS: -45

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-Ratings Breakdown:
With CBS in repeats it was NBC’s turn to dominate the Tuesday household overnights. “The Voice” led the evening, with a 6.4 rating/11 share in the 8 p.m. ET hour. And that led into Tuesday night holiday editions of “Will & Grace” (#1: 5.0/ 8), which proves that a revival can indeed be successful, and “Superstore” (#2: 3.0/ 5), which is so worthy of a larger audience. For my take on why the return of “Will & Grace” is successful, click here.

At 10 p.m. on NBC was drama “Chicago Med” at a first-place 4.5/ 8, which bested a repeat of “Bull” on CBS (#2: 3.2/ 6) and an original installment of freshman “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” on ABC (#3: 1.8/ 3) by 41 percent and 150 percent, respectively. As always, the “Chicago” franchise on the Peacock net remains a reliable component in primetime.

Earlier in the evening on CBS were encore telecasts of “NCIS” (#2: 5.3/ 9 at 8 p.m.) and a Tuesday 9 p.m. edition of “SEAL Team” (#2: 3.9/ 6). ABC, meanwhile, had nothing unusual to report with its 8-10 p.m. sitcom block – “The Middle” (#3: 3.9/ 7), “Fresh off the Boat” (#4: 2.5/ 4), “black-ish” (#3: 2.9/ 5) and “The Mayor” (#3: 2.0/ 3). The network, needless to say, will miss reliable “The Middle” next season.

Elsewhere, Fox featured “Lethal Weapon” (#4: 3.2/ 5 at 8 p.m.) and sitcoms “The Mick” (#4: 1.8/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.5/ 2 at 9:30 p.m.). The CW featured “Arrow” (#5: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and “”D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.3/ 2 at 9 p.m.). And both networks were at typical Tuesday household overnight levels.

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, December 5 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.9/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 5.3/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.3/10 (#1)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.8/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS” (R): 5.4/ 9 (#2)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.6/11 (#1)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 3.2/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.7/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team” (R): 4.1/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Will & Grace”: 5.0/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Mayor”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “SEAL Team” (R): 3.7/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Superstore”: 3.0/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
ABC – “Chicago Med”: 4.5/ 8 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#2)
ABC – “Chicago Med”: 4.4/ 8 (#1)

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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  • Bryan Del Rizzo

    I’m boggled that ABC hasn’t changed its mind about The Middle. It is worthy of another season. Or, was it the actor’s decision to end this year?

  • renamoretti1

    Sorry but I don’t think “success” is measured by losing 30% of your lead-in…