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Updated Tuesday Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ and ‘The Voice’ on NBC Continue to Rule in Demos

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 10.67 million, NBC: 8.26, ABC: 3.82, Fox: 2.91, CW: 2.06

-Adults 18-49:

NBC: 2.0 rating/7 share, CBS: 1.2/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 4, ABC: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – “The Middle”
Viewers: 5.45 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

CBS – “NCIS”
Viewers: 12.36 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

NBC – “The Voice”
Viewers: 9.33 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.9/ 8 (#1)

Fox – “Lethal Weapon”
Viewers: 3.79 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#4t)

CW – “The Flash”
Viewers: 2.60 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#4t)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”
Viewers: 3.92 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – “NCIS”
Viewers: 12.44 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

NBC – “The Voice”
Viewers: 10.28 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#1)

Fox – “Lethal Weapon”
Viewers: 3.62 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4t)

CW – “The Flash”
Viewers: 2.43 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4t)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – “black-ish”
Viewers: 4.17 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2t)

CBS – “Bull”
Viewers: 10.52 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2t)

NBC – “This Is Us”
Viewers: 10.76 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 2.9/10 (#1)

Fox – “The Mick”
Viewers: 2.41 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”
Viewers: 1.68 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – “The Mayor”
Viewers: 2.96 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – “Bull”
Viewers: 10.00 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – “This Is Us”
Viewers: 10.15 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 2.8/ 9 (#1)

Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Viewers: 1.84 million (#4), Adults 18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”
Viewers: 1.52 million (#5), Adults 18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”
Viewers: 3.28 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”
Viewers: 9.54 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – “Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders”
Viewers: 4.94 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”
Viewers: 3.16 million (#3), Adults 18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”
Viewers: 9.14 million (#1), Adults 18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)

NBC – “Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders”
Viewers: 4.12 million (#2), Adults 18-49: 0.9/ 4 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. From NBC:

    NBC DOMINATES THE TUESDAY 18-49 RACE AMONG THE BIG 4 WITH THE #1-2 SHOWS OF THE NIGHT, “THIS IS US” & “THE VOICE”

    “THIS IS US” MAINTAINS 100% WEEK TO WEEK, NEARLY MATCHES ITS BIG 4 TIMESLOT COMPETITION COMBINED

    “VOICE” RULES IN 18-49 AT 8 P.M., TOPS “NCIS” BY +62%

    “LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME” TIES FOR THE 10 P.M. WIN AMONG THE ABC-CBS-NBC DRAMAS, HAS MAINTAINS ITS 1.1 RATING EVERY WEEK SINCE ITS SERIES PREMIERE

    NBC wins the night among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and every other key demo.

    “This Is Us” (2.8/10 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall from 9-10:01 p.m. ET):
    · Is the #1 entertainment show of the night in 18-49.
    · On a night of high-rated competition from the NBA’s season-opening night and baseball’s playoffs, maintains +100% week to week in 18-49 (2.8 vs. 2.8) and 95% in total viewers (10.455 million vs. 11.016 million).
    · Nearly matches the timeslot’s ABC-CBS-Fox competition combined in 18-49 (2.8 vs. a combined 2.9).
    · Grows +8% versus the show’s year-ago episode in both 18-49 (2.8 vs. 2.6 on Oct. 18, 2016) and total viewers (10.455 million vs. 9.705 million).
    · Will grow dramatically via time-shifting and VOD — “This Is Us” is growing by +70% in 18-49 rating (from a 3.53 to a 6.00) and +6.5 million viewers overall (12.0 million to 18.5 million) going from L+SD to L+7.
    · Upscale: “Us” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 147 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes, to make it the #2 most upscale primetime series on the Big 4 networks and #1.drama.

    “The Voice” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    · Is the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in 18-49, behind only “This Is Us.”
    · Wins the slot among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 by a +62% margins over “NCIS” (2.1 vs. 1.3).
    · Takes the time period among the Big 4 nets in every other key demographic.
    · Finishes within 0.2 of last week’s 2.3 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings and within 0.3 of last week’s 2.4 in official nationals.
    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – Tuesday’s “Voice” has increased by +26% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 2.49 to a 3.13) and more than +2.2 million viewers overall (10.7 million to 12.9 million).

    “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET):
    · Is currently tied for #1 in the slot among the ABC, CBS and NBC dramas in adults 18-49, pending updates and is #1 outright among those shows in women 18-49.
    · Has maintained its 1.1 rating in 18-49 for three consecutive weeks since the show’s Sept. 26 series debut.
    · Is currently beating “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” in the timeslot by a +38% margin in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 0.8).
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – “Law & Order True Crime” is increasing by +63% in 18-49 rating this season going from L+SD to L+7 (from a 1.39 to a 2.26) and +2.6 million viewers overall (5.4 million to 8.0 million).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.6/4 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.3/6.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.4/3 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.4/3 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.0/4 with an encore. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore; “Late Late Show,” 0.3/2 with an encore.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  2. From CBS:

    CBS Tuesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    TIME PERIOD WINNING “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS”

    POSTS SEASON HIGH IN A18-49

    “NCIS” is the Night’s Most Watched Broadcast

    CBS Wins Tuesday in Viewers

    · At 8:00 PM, NCIS was first in viewers (12.40m) and second in A18-49 (1.3) and A25-54. NCIS was Tuesday’s most watched broadcast.

    · At 9:00 PM, BULL averaged 10.26m, 1.2 in A18-49 and 1.9 in A25-54.

    · At 10:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was first in viewers (9.34m), A18-49 (1.1, tie, up +10%) and A25-54 (1.7, nc). NCIS: NEW ORLEANS delivered its best A18-49 rating of the season.

    · CBS won Tuesday in viewers (10.68m) and was second in A18-49 (1.2) and A25-54 (1.9).

  3. From ABC:

    Based on Live + Same Day Metered Market Ratings:

    “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (M-F 11:35 p.m.)

    Continuing with its week-long stint broadcasting from Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” soared over the week-ago night by 33% in Households (2.4/6 vs. 1.8/5) in the 56 U.S. Metered Markets to deliver its highest-rated Tuesday telecast in late-night in 2 years – since 11/24/15.

    Featuring David Letterman and musical guest Fifth Harmony on its second night broadcasting from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, “Kimmel” was steady with Monday in Households, coming within 1-tenth of the prior day’s season-high rating (2.4/6 vs. 2.5/7).

    Growing by 9% in Households (2.4/6 vs. 2.2/6) over its most recent Brooklyn airing on the night two years ago (10/20/15), “Kimmel” marked to its best-yet Brooklyn-based Tuesday telecast.

    · “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was the No. 1 late-night talk show on Tuesday in Households and Adults 18-49.

    • Do you agree that NBC is wasting the This is Us lead in on True Crime? It is losing a TON of viewers after it. They could have at least put Chicago Med here or a compatible show of some sort instead of this.

      • In past days, NBC wold have already moved on to another show…. but they’re doing so poorly they don’t have the money to have replacement shows… 🙁

      • Yes…without a doubt. Enough with the Law & Order brand and stick to new and creative shows. Plus, the audience could not care less of yet another retelling of the Menendez Brothers.

        • Hard to convince MBA-laden TV executives who know nothing about the business that viewers don’t want “branded entertainment”… 🙁

  4. The long and short: NCIS wins again…

    What is more scary is that there’s already an erosion in audience numbers. The numbers aren’t that good to begin with and they’re already ebbing…

    Of note: Brooklyn 9-9 and The Mick are doing so bd, they make flopping Lethal Weapon almost look good, well, not really…

    • The loss of audience this season is truly alarming. While part of that is the shift in how many viewers now consume content, the bigger part are the shows themselves. Nothing new is standing out.

      • I entirely agree. 🙂

        I mentioned once before that this may be the year when TV will no longer have a single bona-fide hit. I’m not sure I’m willing to give that hallowed title to NCIS and BBT at 12 million.

        The fact the new shows are terrible really shouldn’t change the yardstick.

        The networks keep hiding behind “changing viewer patterns” of course and another thing they’re doing right now is pretend shows didn’t used to go into syndication or to foreign markets and that thus shows that do sell there make tons of money that didn’t exist before…

        It’s mind-boggling anyone buys into that…