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‘NCIS’ Duo Leads CBS to Tuesday Overnight Leadership

One day to go before the 'American Idol' finale on Fox. But is it really the end?

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.0 rating/11 share, NBC: 4.8/ 8, Fox: 3.8/ 6, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +90, CBS: -14, CW: -18, NBC: -28, ABC: -31

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Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this first Tuesday in April in the household overnights, but it was not a clean sweep. “NCIS” dominated the evening, as always, with a 9.7 rating/16 share at 8 p.m., which led into a first-place 7.6/12 for spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans” at 9 p.m. But freshman drama “Limitless” dipped to second at 10 p.m. with a 3.9/ 6, which was 24 percent below competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC. A distant third in the 10 p.m. hour was ABC’s “Beyond the Tank” at a mere 1.4/ 2 in the overnights. Needless to say, the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour remains a particularly sore spot for ABC.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was an encore telecast of “The Voice” at a 4.4/ 7 at 8 p.m., which tied the competing 90-minute “American Idol” retrospective special on Fox. As we prepare to bid adieu to “American Idol” tomorrow night, does anyone really think this will be the last we will see of it? For more, click here

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The “American Idol” special led into a 1.9/ 3 for a Tuesday 9:30 p.m. edition of sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#3t), which slipped by 57 percent. And NBC followed “The Voice” encore with original telecasts of “Chicago Med” (#2: 4.9/ 8) and “Chicago Fire” (#1: 5.1/ 9) from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC had nothing unusual to report with its combination of sitcoms “Fresh Off the Boat” (#4: 2.9/ 5) and recently introduced “The Real O’Neals” (#4: 2.5/ 4), “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” #4: 2.0/ 3) and aforementioned “Beyond the Tank” (#3: 1.4/ 2). And The CW populated the evening with encore telecasts of “The Flash” (#5: 0.9/ 2) and ‘iZombie” (#5: 0.8/ 1).

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 (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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  1. At least “iZombie”‘s retention rate improved. As for AI, even creator Simon Fuller says he’d like to bring the show back. I think it may happen in three or four years’ time.

  2. AI will be back in 2017-18 or 2018-19 as Fox will really need American Idol at that point. Ryan will remain host with new judges.