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Clean Tuesday Overnight Sweep for CBS; ‘This is Us’ on NBC is the Standout

Nothing Positive of Note for ABC, Fox or The CW

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.5/13, NBC: 4.7/ 7, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +26, NBC: +17, Fox: + 6, CBS: – 1, CW: -76

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Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean overnight household sweep for CBS with its line-up of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 9.2 rating/16 share), “Bull” (6.7/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (6.6/12), which was 65 percent above failed drama “Limitless” on the year-ago evening (4.0/ 7 on 2/16/16). But the bigger story remains “This is Us” on NBC, which scored a 6.2/10 in the overnights at 9 p.m. and will top the evening in adults 18-49 (and all the key demographic groups). Comparably, “This Is Us” was 38 percent above former time period occupant “Chicago Med” one year earlier (4.5/ 7), and it built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of game show “The Wall” (3.5/ 6 at 8 p.m.) by 77 percent.

Overall, “The Wall” scored a 3.5/ 6 in the 8 p.m. hour, which bested year-ago time period occupant “Hollywood Game Night” (2.5/ 4) by a hefty 40 percent. And “Chicago Fire,” which leads out of “This Is Us,” should have no trouble winning the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 with a 4.3/ 8 (#2) in the household overnights.

On The CW, the finale of reality/competition “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within,” which was featured in the first five episodes on digital platform CW Seed, had no traction with a mere 0.4/ 1 at 8 p.m. And it led into a 0.5/ 1 for an encore telecast of “The Flash” at 9 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC had a typical Tuesday, declining as the night progressed with its combination of sitcoms “The Middle” (#2: 3.9/ 7), “American Housewife” (#3: 3.4/ 6), “Fresh off the Boat” (#3: 2.3/ 4) and “The Real O’Neals” (#4: 1.8/ 3), and sluggish “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” (#3: 1.5/ 3 at 10 p.m.). And Fox could not compete with its line-up of “New Girl” (#4: 1.6/ 3), recently introduced sitcom “The Mick” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and soon-to-conclude “Bones” (#4: 1.9/ 3).
What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, February 14 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.2/16 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “New Girl”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.2/15 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.7/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6./10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Real O’Neals”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.6/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.1/10 (#2)
Fox – “Bones”: 1.9/ 3 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.7/12 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.4/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Marvels Agents of SHIELD”: 1.4/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.5/12 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Fire”: 4.2/ 8 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. Well seeing how ABC was actually up 24% year to year it could’ve been worse. Their biggest problem is that Fresh off the Boat is an acquired taste (although I enjoy it) and that hasn’t helped the much funnier O’Neals at all. Agents of Shield should have been cancelled a long time ago.

    Fox can’t get anything to work right now. The Mick is a funny show. Makes you wonder why it couldn’t get the fall Sunday 8:30 slot instead of the stupid Son of Zorn.

    • The Mick is their highest rated non animated sitcom right now. Let’s take a moment to dwell on that for a moment. Yikes. I feel FOX is in worse shape than NBC was 5 years ago. May be worse if NBC brings American Idol back and it beats Fox more.

      • Well said! 🙂

        FOX’ comedy lineup is a disaster.

        The reason? Walden and Newman think fake-edgy shows please the population even though the ratings show them otherwise.

        Why is James Murdoch tolerating this?