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Updated Tuesday Ratings: CBS and NBC Split Leadership


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Monday, October 9, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 11.29 million, NBC: 8.90, ABC: 4.19, Fox: 2.93, CW: 2.27

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.1 rating/8 share, CBS: 1.2/ 5, ABC: 1.1/ 4, Fox and CW: 0.8/ 3 each


8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Middle
Viewers: 5.84 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 6 (#2t)

Viewers: 13.36 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 6 (#2t)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.20 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 9 (#1)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 3.94 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4t)

CW – The Flash (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.82 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4t)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.09 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

Viewers: 13.25 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.64 million (#2), A18-49: 2.5/ 9 (#1)

Fox – Lethal Weapon
Viewers: 3.67 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)

CW – The Flash (season premiere)
Viewers: 2.77 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – black-ish
Viewers: 4.45 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

CBS – Bull
Viewers: 11.18 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – This Is Us
Viewers: 11.13 million (#2), A18-49: 2.8/10 (#1)

Fox – The Mick
Viewers: 2.28 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#4)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (season premiere)
Viewers: 1.87 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – The Mayor
Viewers: 3.43 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

CBS – Bull
Viewers: 10.98 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – This Is Us
Viewers: 10.62 million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/10 (#1)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 1.84 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CW – D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (season premiere)
Viewers: 1.62 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Viewers: 3.73 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 9.85 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers
Viewers: 5.51 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Viewers: 3.49 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 9.14 million (#1), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#1)

NBC – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers
Viewers: 4.32 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#2)

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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  1. I don’t know that This Is Us usually drops at the 1/2 hour. I thought it stayed pretty steady. I wonder if this second season will start dropping slightly like Empire did. Although I think Empire’s drops were pretty sharp.

    • What you said was interesting Louis I can’t remember but TIU dropping at the half is a bit concerning. Empire started out high season 2 and ultimately peaked immediately and hasn’t been the same hit ever since. This is the problem with these high-rated fads that flame out real fast this is why hopefully NBC doesn’t waste this lead-in on True Crime and living to regret it.

      • It is always so hard, though, to decide what to put after a big hit. The networks have to try new shows in the hope that it will then be a hit itself. I remember people always complaining how NBC wasted the post-Friends slot year after year. But, it isn’t like NBC deliberately put bad shows after it. Obviously, they thought the show was decent or they wouldn’t do it. Same with post-Big Bang.

        • Yeah that’s never an easy job more shows will fail than succeed but I already knew when the schedule came out that True Crime was going to fail on them. I think for NBC the solution is having Chicago PD hold the slot until Chicago Med is ready. Chicago Med will do better than True Crime in that slot.

          Very good example with Friends I remember it seemed like NBC got it wrong every time in that slot unless they put a veteran there that was already established and we’re seeing that now with BBT. My hope is that NBC doesn’t do the same thing with Will & Grace and they find something that people are going to stick around for but that’s always easier said than done.

        • Well, TIU is not a “big hit” so there’s that…

          You do make a great point about the post-Friends slot. The reason they kept wasting it was Jeff Zucker. He has an unerring taste for bad shows people won’t want to watch and NBC is still on the rails he laid…

          The horrid taste of top executives (or at any rate their disregard for their audience and lack of interest in producing quality shows) is a big reason network TV is dying on the vine.

        • The frustrating part is they’re keeping it on every week back in the day networks used to actually pull stuff that was struggling from the lineup.

          • Bear with me as I am going to sound like I’m explaining the obvious, but more people do not get that any longer.

            Hits = money. Flops = no money.

            Money = More shows produced. No Money = fewer shows produced.

            After years and years of no hits, the networks no longer have enough money to properly program their grid.

            They not only killed Saturday (Jeff Zucker tried to kill 10pm and wanted 8pm to go away) but even with that cost cut, they still can’t afford replacement shows.

            Part of what made the networks successful was that every Fall they had a dozen replacement shows they loved and were eager to try, so any show that failed to perform was cut and replaced.

            More at bats = More hits.

            It really is THAT simple. Apparently you need an MBA not to get it.

  2. The Voice is holding up much better this season than I thought it would. The concern is has TIU peaked? With NBC wasting this lead-in on a low-rated bum like True Crime is really bad right now. They need to make an emergency move around sweeps time and put Chicago PD there like some people on another site was saying last week. Not sure when Chicago Med is going to start but things will be okay once that starts and the lineup will be more well rounded.

    The ABC Tuesday comedy block has been a disaster going back to last year and isn’t working. ABC might want to scratch that block next season and go with dramas here. The Mayor is the biggest new comedy bomb of the season so far, the amount of promotion it gets is not adding up here that nobody cares about it. I saw a promo for it every other commercial break during the Monday Night Football and I was like why? Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is not a bad show but its ratings are horrible, it’s a way better show than Good Doctor which is awful.

    CBS is what it is not a problem night for them on Tuesdays, any network would love that viewership for their dramas.

    Lethal Weapon hasn’t made as good of a transition over to Tuesdays as I thought it would but those low-rated comedies behind it should get axed right now but this is FOX they keep low-rated trash all the time.

    The Flash has peaked for The CW and the superhero genre I’ve noticed on the network has declined so I can see why the network is trying to get back to balancing themselves out with soaps like the ones they’re airing tonight in Riverdale and Dynasty.

    • I am a bit surprised at The Mayor’s low ratings. I think it got pretty good reviews and those fish out of water comedies can do quite well.

      • I’m not really surprised because I expected it to bomb like I didn’t know why ABC promoted it so much. I think problem The Mayor is having is it’s another niche comedy. It’s not like a Fresh Prince type of show which would have mass appeal.

        • I’m with you Larry. It had ‘flop” written all over it and the critics loving it sealed the deal with audiences… 😉

          • Yeah these critics can totally ruin a show more than help it. We’ve seen this movie over and over again with these niche shows.

            • I really think that at this point when the networks put a bunch of critic quotes, it chases audiences away.

            • Completely agree with you. ABC was never close to being as successful as it said it was on Wednesday but they failed to keep what little momentum they had going (promotion only goes so far)… And CBS, unless Young Sheldon holds, which isn’t a given, is having another year with its two last hits ebbing and not finding replacements.

              I suggested to Les “NCIS: The Criminal Minds of CSI: Rancho Cucamonga” but he thought the concept didn’t have enough pre-awareness… 😉

    • CBS shines in comparison, but keeps losing viewers and fewer viewers means less money, even if they still beat the competition.

  3. Hey Son of the Bronx nice job on the Dynasty podcast I listened to it today and I like your insights on the show. I can wait to see it tonight and I think Liz Gillies is going to be the best thing about the show. I could care less about its ratings tomorrow it’s a CW show anyways it’s probably gonna get renewed based on how its setup financially overseas.

    • I agree don’t care about the ratings as The CW always renews their shows no matter what getting excited for Dynasty tonight.

      • Same here CW has renewed some of the lowest rated stuff ever so it’s clear that they focus on their other revenue avenues such as international markets, delayed viewing, and streaming deals. Dynasty will be alright like SoB said it will get a second season guaranteed. The show was exciting for me last night I’m definitely going to keep watching. Did you enjoy it as well?

    • CW shows don’t make money overseas (OK they make some but it’s in the thousands per episode per market…).

  4. Bull beat This Is Us (all right it’s close to being a statistical tie but most media don’t know that) and said media will scream ‘mega-hit” about TIU…

    Brooklyn 9-9 and The Mick are doing so bad, they could be on CW. Again well done Newman and Walden.

      • You’re very right. 🙂

        To me it is stunning, not that they try to do it, which they’ve done for years and is now sadly their corporate culture, but that there’s apparently people that buy it…

        Thanks for calling it as it is. It remains all too rare.