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CBS Wins Tuesday; NBC Respectable; Revamped Fox Left at the Starting Gate

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Tuesday, January 5 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 14.38 million, NBC: 6.73, ABC: 3.68, Fox: 2.81, CW: 954,000

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 2.1 rating/7 share, NBC: 1.6/ 5, Fox: 1.1/ 4, ABC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh off the Boat (R)
Viewers: 3.55 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 18.24 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 9 (#1)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night (season premiere)
Viewers: 4.31 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

Fox – New Girl (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.35 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

CW: The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.24 million (#4), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Muppets (R)
Viewers: 2.11 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CBS – NCIS
Viewers: 19.24 million (#1), A18-49: 2.7/ 9 (#1)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night (season premiere)
Viewers: 4.47 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

Fox – Grandfathered (time period premiere)
Viewers: 3.02 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

CW: The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.19 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Shark Tank
Viewers: 4.14 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 17.53 million (#1), A18-49: 2.5/ 8 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.22 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (new time period)
Viewers: 2.72 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CW – iZombie (R)
Viewers: 721,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Shark Tank
Viewers: 4.51 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: New Orleans
Viewers: 16.47 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 7.62 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2)

Fox – The Grinder (new time period)
Viewers: 2.14 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

CW – iZombie (R)
Viewers: 667,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank (season premiere)
Viewers: 4.01 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 8.13 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.59 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank (season premiere)
Viewers: 3.76 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

CBS – Limitless
Viewers: 6.67 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.17 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. FROM ABC

    Shark Tank (9-10pm – 4.3 million and 1.2/4 in AD18-49): Doubling its lead-in at 9pm (+100%), ABC’s
    special Shark Tank beat Fox’s comedy premieres in the hour by 20% in Adults
    18-49 (1.2/4 vs. 1.0/3 – Brooklyn 9-9/The Grinder).

    Beyond the Tank (10-11pm – 3.9 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49): Holding 92% of its lead-in at
    10pm against original dramas on CBS and NBC, the season premiere of
    Beyond the Tank tied ABC’s highest Adult 18-49 rating (1.1/4) with a
    10pm series in the hour since season-premiere Tuesday 15 weeks ago – since
    9/22/15.

  2. FROM NBC

    DESPITE NO “VOICE” BOOST, NBC FINISHES A STRONG #2 FOR THE NIGHT AND TIES FOR #1 IN WOMEN 18-34

    “CHICAGO MED” DOMINATES AT 10 P.M. IN 18-49 AND RANKS #1 AMONG ABC, CBS & NBC IN ALL OTHER KEY MEASURES

    FACING THE 2ND HALF OF AN “NCIS” CROSSOVER IN A SPECIAL TIME SLOT AND WITH NO “VOICE” LEAD-IN, “CHICAGO FIRE” FINISHES WITHIN 0.1 OF ITS SEASON AVERAGE

    “HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT” MAINTAINS 100% OF LAST SEASON’S FINALE, GROWS +18% HALF-HOUR TO HALF-HOUR

    Tuesday Primetime Results:

    Despite no “Voice” boost on the night, NBC finishes a strong #2 among the Big 4 in adults 18-49, total viewers and most other key measures and ties for #1 in women 18-34.

    “Chicago Med” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · With its first original telecast in four weeks, wins the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key measure (including a tie in men 18-49).

    · Delivers a +36% margin of victory among those networks in adults 18-49 (1.9 vs. 1.4 for CBS’s #2 “Limitless”).

    · Airing in original without a “Voice” lead-in for the first time, is running within 0.1 of its season average for originals (1.9 VS. 2.0) and also within 0.1 of NBC’s highest non-“Voice” rating in the time period in three months.

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago Med” has increased by +35% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.03 to a 2.75) and 2.4 million viewers overall (8.9 million to 11.3 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “Chicago Fire” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · With its first original telecast on four weeks and in a special time period, finishes within 0.1 of its season average for originals (1.8 vs. 1.9).

    · Facing the second half of an “NCIS” crossover, finishes #2 in the slot in adults 18-49 and most other key demos and ranks #1 in women 18-34.

    · Is up +13% versus its average last season when airing without a “Voice” lead-in in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6).

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago Fire” has grown by +61% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.86 to a 3.00) and 3.6 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “Hollywood Game Night” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Maintains 100% of last season’s finale in 18-49 (1.2 vs. 1.2 on Sept. 8).

    · Ranks #2 in the time period among the Big 4 in adults 18-49 and total viewers.

    · Grows +18% from its first half-hour to its second in 18-49 (1.1 to 1.3).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.7/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.1/5; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.7/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/4; “Late Show,” 0.4/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.1/4 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, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.3/2 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).

    · 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.

    For the Week:

    · With “Sunday Night Football” ranking #1 among primetime programs on the Big 4 networks in all key measures, NBC has won the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3 in adults 18-49 and every other key demographic, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. For the week, NBC averaged a 1.8 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall.

    · NBC has now won 14 of the season’s first 15 weeks in 18-49 (L+SD) and finished #1 or tied for #1 for 25 of the last 26 weeks, trailing over that span only Fox the week it aired five World Series games.

    · For the season, NBC is maintaining its year-ago +17% lead in adults 18-49 (2.7 vs. a 2.3 for #2 CBS) and has over the last three seasons established the three biggest margins through 15 weeks in the season for any network in 18 years, since NBC ’s +25% lead at this point in 1997-98.

    · For the week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3, Sunday’s Vikings-Packers “Sunday Night Football” ranked #1 for the week among primetime shows on the Big 4 networks in all key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, as well as total viewers. “SNF” has finished #1 in both 18-49 and total viewers every week this season (L+SD). Joining “SNF” in the week’s top 20 in adults 18-49 were Friday’s “Dateline NBC” encore, Thursday’s “A Toast to 2015!” and Thursday’s “NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen,” all tied for #15. Rankings exclude sports pre- and post-game shows.

    · Through the opening 15 weeks of the 2015-16 season, NBC ranks #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and all other key demos, while placing #2 in total viewers.

    · NBC is running within 0.1 of a point of its year-ago season average in adults 18-49 (2.7 vs. 2.8, “most current”) and is virtually even in total viewers (9.504 million vs. 9.50 million).

    WEEKLY AVERAGES

    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    NBC 1.8/6, 2.2 million

    CBS 1.2/4, 1.5 million

    ABC 1.0/3, 1.3 million

    Fox 0.9/3, 1.2 million

    CW 0.3/1, 0.4 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    NBC 2.3/6, 2.7 million

    CBS 1.7/5, 2.0 million

    ABC 1.3/4, 1.5 million

    Fox.1.1/3, 1.4 million

    CW 0.4/1, 0.5 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    CBS 2.3/6, 6.7 million

    NBC 2.2/6, 6.7 million

    ABC 1.4/4, 4.1 million

    Fox 1.0/3, 2.8 million

    CW 0.4/1, 1.1 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

    SEASON TO DATE

    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    NBC 2.7/9, 3.4 million

    CBS 2.3/8, 2.9 million

    Fox 2.0/7, 2.5 million

    ABC 2.0/7, 2.5 million

    CW 0.7/3, 0.9 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    NBC 3.4/10, 4.0 million

    CBS 3.1/9, 3.6 million

    ABC 2.4/7, 2.9 million

    Fox 2.3/6, 2.7 million

    CW 0.8/2, 1.0 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    CBS 3.7/10, 11.0 million

    NBC 3.2/9, 9.5 million

    ABC 2.4/7, 7.2 million

    Fox 2.0/5, 5.9 million

    CW 0.6/2, 1.9 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

    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.

  3. FROM CBS

    CBS Tuesday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “NCIS” AND “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS” CROSSOVER DELIVERS SEASON HIGHS IN VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS FOR BOTH SERIES

    “NCIS” IS TUESDAY’S #1 PROGRAM IN VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS

    “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS” SOARS +41% IN VIEWERS AND A18-49 FROM ITS LAST ORIGINAL EPISODE

    “LIMITLESS” RETURNS UP IN VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS

    CBS WINS IN VIEWERS, A18-49 AND A25-54 FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT NIGHT

    At 8:00 PM, NCIS was first in viewers (18.72m, up +21% from 15.53 for is last first-run episode on 12/15), A18-49 (2.6, up +24% from 2.1) and A25-54 (3.9, up +22% from 3.2). NCIS posted season highs in all these measures with its best viewer delivery since February 10, 2015 and best adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 ratings since February 17, 2015. NCIS was Tuesday’s #1 program in viewers and key demos.

    At 9:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was first in viewers (17.00m, up +41% from 12.09m for its last first-run episode on 12/15), A18-49 (2.4, up +41% from 1.7) and A25-54 (3.5, up +40% from 2.5). NCIS: NEW ORLEANS also delivered season highs in viewers and key demos with its best deliveries in viewers and adults 18-49 since January 6, 2015 and best adults 25-54 rating since February 10, 2015. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was Tuesday’s #2 program in these measures.

    At 10:00 PM, LIMITLESS averaged 7.40m (up +12% from 6.63m for its last first-run episode on 12/15), 1.4 in A18-49 (up +8% from 1.3) and 1.9 in A25-54 (+12% from 1.7) with its best deliveries in these measures since November 17, 2015.

    CBS won its second consecutive night in viewers (14.38m), A18-49 (2.1) and A25-54 (3.1).

  4. Only decent number FOX got last night was the bird best A18-34 demo rating (1.3) by New Girl.
    Encouraging to see B99 build on its very weak lead in.

    • Another positive for Fox was that this lineup looked slightly better as a whole than what they got this fall. The negative is that it doesn’t take much to improve on their fall performance on this night.

    • I agree just atrocious actually. Even though i still think it will be renewed. I think only new shows renewed by CBS will be Supergirl and Limitless

    • The drop at the half hour for Limitless is telling to me. Is the show doing good with DVR gains? If so, that might be the only thing that saves it. CBS has done that before with Elementary.

      • You know, I am not sure about Limitless’s DVR numbers. That is a good point. I don’t think they are huge or I would have seen them somewhere but who knows.

      • In the absence of hits, shows with political connections at the network are renewed…

        A bad habit CBS took under Nina Tassler…

    • True. It makes CBS’ boring cloning of NCIS appear like a good decision in comparison!

      But what about NCIS?!!! Those are amazing numbers and the media has apprently decided never to talk about that show…

    • I don’t know what FOTB has done to the execs at ABC, but this show deserves a real lead in and a chance. It’s not getting one on Tuesdays. How about a tryout after Modern Family and shift Black-ish away from Empire?

  5. Well it’s nice to see the chimps still in charge at ABC.

    Fox got about what I expected last night. Let’s wait and see what the DVR numbers look like in a few weeks.

    • Putting Shark Tank & BTT on at 9 and 10 respectfully was idiotic. And if they were doing that, a Shark Tank rerun should have been leading off the night. The night would have done a lot better.

  6. WEEK OF DECEMBER 28 HIGHLIGHTS FROM CBS

    “60 MINUTES,” “KENNEDY CENTER HONORS,”
    “UNDERCOVER BOSS” AND “I GET THAT A LOT” LEAD
    CBS TO HOLIDAY WEEK WIN IN VIEWERS

    CBS Has 11 of the Top 20 Broadcasts

    CBS won the holiday week in viewers with an original 60 MINUTES, THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, UNDERCOVER BOSS, I GET THAT A LOT and rebroadcasts of the Network’s hit scripted series, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Jan. 3.

    …CBS Broadcasts In Top 20 (Live+SD):

    #3 – 60 MINUTES (15.36m)

    #6 – NCIS-ENCORE (10.37m)

    #8 – UNDERCOVER BOSS 1/3-S (7.99m)

    #10 – KENNEDY CENTER HONORS-S (7.55m)

    #11 – NCIS SPECIAL-1/1-RS (6.95m)

    #12 – SCORPION-R (6.45m)

    #13 – THE BIG BANG THEORY 12/31-RS (6.02m)

    #14 – NCIS: LOS ANGELES-R (6.00m)

    #16 – HAWAII FIVE-0 9PM-SP-1/1-RS (5.88m)

    #17 – HAWAII FIVE-0 10PM-SP-1/1-RS (5.60m)

    #19 – SUPERGIRL-R (5.20m)

    Prime averages are based on the following hours of rated broadcasts in Week #15:

    CBS – 22 hours

    NBC – 21 ½ hours

    ABC – 22 hours

    FOX – 15 hours

    NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY – PRIMETIME

    Week #15 of 2015-2016 Season (ending: 1/3/16)

    VIEWERS

    (000)

    CBS 6,720

    NBC 6,658

    ABC 4,141

    FOX 2,835

    A25-54

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 1.7 5

    NBC 2.3 6

    ABC 1.3 4

    FOX 1.1 3

    A18-49

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 1.2 4

    NBC 1.8 6

    ABC 1.0 3

    FOX 0.9 3

    NATIONAL NIELSEN SUMMARY – PRIMETIME

    SEASON-TO-DATE RATINGS REPORT (9/21/15-1/3/16)

    2015-2016

    VIEWERS

    (000)

    CBS 10,980

    NBC 9,504

    ABC 7,223

    FOX 5,869

    A25-54

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 3.1 9

    NBC 3.4 10

    ABC 2.4 7

    FOX 2.3 6

    A18-49

    Rtg Sh

    CBS 2.3 8

    NBC 2.7 9

    ABC 2.0 6

    FOX 2.0 7

  7. FROM CBS

    “NCIS” AND “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS” CROSSOVER DELIVERS SEASON HIGHS IN VIEWERS AND KEY DEMOS FOR BOTH SERIES

    “NCIS” Delivers 18.72 Million Viewers, While “NCIS: New Orleans” Scores 17.00 Million

    Television’s #1 Drama Delivers Its Best Performance Since February and
    Leads Tuesday in Viewers and Demos

    “NCIS: New Orleans” Soars +41% in Both Viewers and Adults 18-49
    From Its Last First-Run Episode, Scores Best Deliveries in a Year

    “Limitless” Returns Up in Viewers and Key Demos

    CBS Wins in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54 for the Second Straight Night

    The crossover between NCIS and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS delivered season-high ratings for both shows, leading CBS to its second consecutive nightly win in all measures, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings forTuesday, Jan. 5.

    At 8:00 PM, NCIS delivered its largest audience since Feb. 10, 2015 (18.72m, up +21% from 15.53 for its last first-run episode on Dec. 15, 2015) and best ratings in adults 18-49 (2.6, up +24% from 2.1) and adults 25-54 (3.9, up +22% from 3.2) since Feb. 17, 2015. NCIS was Tuesday’s #1 program in viewers and key demos.

    At 9:00 PM, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS posted its best deliveries in viewers (17.00m, up +41% from 12.09m for its last first-run episode on Dec. 15, 2015) and adults 18-49 (2.4, up +41% from 1.7) since Jan. 6, 2015 and best adult 25-54 ratings (3.5, up +40% from 2.5) rating since Feb. 10, 2015. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS was Tuesday’s #2 program in these measures.

    At 10:00 PM, LIMITLESS averaged 7.40m (up +12% from 6.63m for its last first-run episode on Dec. 15, 2015), 1.4 in adults 18-49 (up +8% from 1.3) and 1.9 in adults 25-54 (+12% from 1.7), its best deliveries in these measures since Nov.

  8. That’s probably as high as New Girl is going in Live plus same day. Oy. The Flash should have no problem winning against the Fox duo at 8PM landing FOX in 5th place for the higher. Remember once upon a time New Girl premiered to HUGE numbers after Glee? I still like the show but it should end after this season.

    The NCIS and Chicago Crossovers on both networks did well. Hollywood Game night is a modest place holder until the Voice returns.

    Yikes at ABC

  9. Say what you will about them, but Flop Girl never disappoints! And those torrid numbers were after FOX spent good money to re-re-re-re-re-re-launch it and with TBS desperately running constant spots to try and salvage what they can from their ill-inspired buy…

    In better news, are those NCIS numbers great or what?!!!!

    13th season and none of the networks’ golden boys and girls can come close.