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CBS Tops Tuesday Opposite Encore of NBC’s ‘The Voice’


What follows are the fast affiliate results for Wednesday, April 5 broken out by network and by each half-hour:

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 11.24 million, NBC: 7.18, Fox: 5.14, ABC: 2.92, CW: 1.22

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.6 rating/5 share, NBC: 1.5/ 5, Fox: 1.3/ 4, ABC: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.20 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

Viewers: 15.23 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 8 (#1)

NBC – The Voice (R)
Viewers: 6.68 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#3)

Fox – American Idol (retrospective)
Viewers: 5.85 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.43 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Real O’Neals
Viewers: 3.66 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

Viewers: 15.49 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#1)

NBC – The Voice (R)
Viewers: 6.74 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#3)

Fox – American Idol (retrospective)
Viewers: 5.95 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.31 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 3.04 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 12.54 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.04 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2t)

Fox – American Idol (retrospective)
Viewers: 5.96 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2t)

CW – iZombie (R)
Viewers: 1.08 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 2.70 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 11.78 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.25 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.82 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3t)

CW – iZombie (R)
Viewers: 1.07 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 1.96 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 6.64 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.62 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 1.92 million (#3), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 5.74 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.78 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. I know it was just a retrospective, but I thought AI would do better, especially up against a repeat of The Voice.

  2. I thought the Idol retrospective did pretty good as it was a glorified repeat and was up against The Voice which repeated really well. Once BK-99 gets enough episodes for syndication it needs to go bye bye, that was an embarrassing performance behind probably the best Tuesday performance of the season for FOX from what I can remember not counting the World Series. Sometimes I wonder what Dads would be rating if it was still around today. It was doing decently before they cancelled it.

    The NCIS twins continue to be monsters but NO is very vulnerable in that demo as Chicago Med caught up to it with a 1.3 lead-in not good for NO. What’s even worse for CBS is the fact that Limitless continues to touch fractional territory with one of the biggest set of lead-ins of the week on any network. Bye bye Limitless although CBS really likes the show.

    The Chicago twins had an amazing performance and were your top winners of the night in my opinion as the growth out of a repeat performance of The Voice shows how strong they are. Chicago Med is officially NBC’s #1 new scripted show of the season after Blindspot reached a series-low on Monday. If I’m not mistaken it’s the top rated new drama on any network this season as well or among the top. It’s not lead-in dependent either which is rare for new shows these days as that was some pretty good growth out of that Voice repeat.

    Chicago Fire did very well behind Med as well still growing almost up to 8 million viewers. NBC should obviously keep these two on Tuesdays together behind The Voice to strengthen up Chicago Med even more to lead a night in the future.

      • It says a lot when a show that gathers 4 million overnight viewers can be qualified as “not a big problem”…

        You are right in a way, as Agent of Shield is an even bigger problem and ABC just won’t kill it to try and solve it.

    • We’ve talked about that before, but apart from giving the FOX syndication arm something new to try and sell, what good does it do to keep producing those shows nobody watches?

      The opportunity cost is just staggering.

      NOLA is not a particularly strong show and would dive like NCIS LA if it were set free from the mothership.

      NBC: Being the #1 new show on NBC is at best a backhanded compliment…

      Totally agree with you on Fresh Off The Boat, one of the many, many flops that shouldn’t have been renewed over the last 10-15 years.

  3. Marc that was a very good article you posted about Idol you went over some key details in there.

    I think most people are speculating about this being the final episodes you will see of Idol. I know I standby the fact that this will not be the last time you see Idol and I’m 100% sure about this. It’s going to rest up next season and probably comeback either in the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season as a relaunch or reboot. FOX will have another horrible season without it and next year is going to be FOX’s worst season to-date and possibly the worst all-time season you will ever see in broadcast history.

    FOX has no choice but to bring Idol back they just got to figure out a new plan on how to make the show financially feasible to run every season but a show like Idol should in reality be around forever like sports. Live programming and reality competitions like this becomes more and more valuable every season because scripted programming continues to tail off.

    So when you hear the announcement in the next season or two that Idol will be coming back don’t be surprised.

    • I wouldn’t bet against you.

      The networks refuse to take the needed steps to produce hits again and think that bringing back old hits is the way to go, no matter how poorly they perform (like 24 or X-Files).

      • No problem Marc you make very good articles and I agree American Idol is not over yet. I bet it’s back by 2018.

  4. The Chicago pair did good despite the Voice more or less being a repeat. Will NBC keep this in tact? They have Chicago Justice on the way and I wonder where they are going to plug some of these things. Thursday needs the most help around the Blacklist.

  5. Agent of SHIELD’s numbers are just gobsmackingly awful.

    What was Channing Dungey thinking renewing it?!! Or does she not have any decision power?

    NCIS’ relative slide continues, but since there’s nobody coming close, it’s not like anyone is taking advantage and it still towers over the TV landscape.

    • None of the superhero themed shows score well in the Nielsen ratings. But go to any Comic-Con and you will see all the fan interest.

      • Thanks for noticing the superhero “craze” is really not reflected in the ratings. I’m afraid you’re the only journalist who knows that. 🙂

        I think you put your finger on one of TV’s many problems:

        The MBAs that pick shows learned in Marketing 101 that “an engaged customer base is precious”.

        The problem is that this is essentially meaningless when it comes to mass media where an “engaged viewer” is not more valuable that a casual viewer.

        As for Comic-Con, imagine the fan interest if they actually made a good show for those fans for a change… 😉

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