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CBS Wins Tuesday; ‘This Is Us’ on NBC Remains the Biggest New Hit of the Season

ABC and Fox Need to Revamp Nights Next Season

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.4 rating/12 share, NBC: 4.9/ 8, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.9/ 3, CW: 1.7/ 3

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +20, NBC: +17, Fox: + 6, CBS: no change, CW: – 6

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Ratings Breakdown:

CBS, once again, led the Tuesday household overnights with its seamless combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the evening: 9.5 rating/15 share), “Bull” (6.8/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (5.7/10), which was 39 percent above failed year-ago Tuesday 10 p.m. occupant “Limitless” (4.1/ 7 on 2/09/16). The Eye net finished first in all six half-hours. But the bigger story is “This Is Us,” which makes NBC a lock to win the evening in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demos). The relationship drama scored a heathy 6.6/10 in the 9 p.m. hour, building from the 8:30 p.m. portion of game show “The Wall” (3.8/ 6) by 74 percent and outdelivering year-ago time period occupant “Chicago Med” (4.7/ 7 on 2/09/16) by 40 percent. The only regret is only having 18 episodes of must see “This Is Us” in this first season.

“This Is Us” led into a second-place 4.5/ 8 for “Chicago Fire” at 10 p.m., which will dominate the hour demographically with ease. And aforementioned “The Wall,” which is a shoo-in for a second season renewal, scored a 3.7/ 6 in the 8 p.m. hour. Comparably, that bested “Hollywood Game Night” on the year-ago evening (2.7/ 4) by 37 percent.

ABC, as always, opened the evening with a respectable household overnight performance by veteran sitcom “The Middle” in the 8 p.m. half-hour (#2: 4.2/ 7). But it was downhill from there, with freshman “American Housewife” at a 3.4/ 5 (#3) at 8:30 p.m., followed by “Fresh Off the Boat” (#3: 2.3/ 4), “The Real O’Neals” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (#3: 1.5/ 3) from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, “The Flash” remains The CW’s top-rated series, with a fourth-place 2.1/ 3 at 8 p.m. And it led into a 1.3/ 2 (#5) for relocated “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” at 9 p.m. Fox, meanwhile, could not compete with its line-up of sitcoms “New Girl” (#5: 1.8/ 3), recently introduced “The Mick” (#5: 1.8/ 3) and soon-to-conclude “Bones” (#3t: 2.0/ 3).
What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, February 7 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.2/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.5/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “New Girl”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.1/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.6/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.4/ 5 (#3)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.0/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.0/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.6/10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.3/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Real O’Neals”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.6/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.5/10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.8/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.6/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.3/ 8 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. I don’t know if I’d refer to CBS’ lineup as “seamless.” NCIS starts the night with a 9.5 and NCIS: NO ends it with a 5.6. They steadily lost about 40% of their audience as the night went on.

    • Agree with you. NO is no hit and only looks good because of the disasters all around the grid.

      I’d also really not call All of Us a hit, let alone a “big hit”…