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Clean Tuesday Overnight Sweep for NBC

CBS Airs Encore Telecasts of 'NCIS' and Spin-off 'NCIS: New Orleans'

TUESDAY MARCH 29, 2016

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.2 rating/10 share, CBS: 4.8/ 8, ABC: 2.2/ 4, CW: 1.7/ 3, Fox: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +63, CW: -15, ABC: -27, CBS: -34, Fox: -43

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Ratings Breakdown:
With “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans” in repeats, it was a clean Tuesday household overnight sweep for NBC. “The Voice” topped the night at a 7.4 rating/12 share from 8-9 p.m., followed by freshman hit “Chicago Med” (5.7/ 9) and “Chicago Fire” (5.6/10) from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, this was the first original telecast of “Chicago Med” in five weeks and it grew by 27 percent versus its prior telecast (4.4/ 7 on Feb. 23). “Chicago Fire,” meanwhile, had its best overnight household rating since Dec. 8 (6.0/11). Yes…there is every reason to believe there will be a fourth series – “Chicago Law” – in the mix next season. For more on NBC’s strategy, click here

On CBS, the aforementioned “NCIS” (#2: 6.3/10) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#2: 5.3/ 8) encores led into 10 p.m. special “The Late Late Show Primetime Karaoke Primetime Special” at a second-place 2.9/ 5. While that trailed NBC’s competing “Chicago Fire” by 48 percent, it did beat “Beyond the Tank” on ABC (#3: 1.5/ 3) by 93 percent.

Earlier in the evening on ABC were sitcoms “Fresh Off the Boat” (#3: 3.2/ 5 at 8 p.m.) and recently introduced “The Real O’Neals” (#3: 2.6/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.) into “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” at a modest 2.2/ 4 (#3) from 9-10 p.m. With 81 percent overnight household retention out of “Fresh Off the Boat,” my prediction is a second season renewal for “The Real O’Neals.”

Elsewhere, “The Flash” on The CW scored a healthy 2.4/ 4 from 8-9 p.m. (#3) into a weak 1.0/ 2 for ‘iZombie” at 9 p.m. (#5). Personally, I am not sure The CW made the right move renewing “iZombie” for next season. And Fox was off the charts with its comedy line-up of “New Girl” (#5: 1.7/ 3), a repeat of “Grandfathered” (#5: 1.0/ 2), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.5/ 2) and an encore telecast of “The Grinder” (#4t: 0.9/ 1). Of the four, only “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has been officially renewed for 2016-17.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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      • I agree Marc 100%, they need to focus elsewhere and just place the comedies they renewed which was a mistake on Sundays. I think FOX missed out on an opportunity to grab a comedy like Carmichael and build two black sitcoms in front on Empire on Wednesdays. I would try reality on Tuesdays next season.

        Marc do you think FOX should get back in the teen soap game or adult soap game? Empire worked for them and I would like to see them try and bring back their past success from shows like 90210, Melrose Place, or The O.C.

        • I agree Fox should get back into teen soap & Adult soaps as well that was Fox’s bred & butter for a long time I think it is time for Fox to get back into teen & young adult soaps again.

          • Yeah I agree the two things that have really worked for FOX over the years was those teen & adult soaps, black led casting shows like Living Single, In Loving Color, New York Undercover and Martin, and during the 90s and 2000s animation shows but those have clearly died on them. Reality too to an extent as they were really the first network to really jump on that genre back in the early 2000s.

            Back to teen and adult soaps though since the The CW pulled away from this in order to go in more male-driven Sci-Fi/comic direction I think that genre is missing from broadcast television these days and it’s needed back. The great thing about those shows is that they gave us a lot of memorable characters and developing young actors who went onto become semi-or-big stars in the future.

            That scene has really become open now as no network is programming these type of soaps these days and FOX should go back to it. Not every show is going hit like Empire did out of the gate but they should be trying these back out and don’t give up on them either dedicate a night to them during the week too.

            Hey man are you a Lions fan? I see you got Megatron in your avatar, I’m a Lions fan myself.

    • I agree and losing Idol is going to be a bigger loss than they will realize, they will have to fast-track Idol’s return for the 2017-18 season. It should’ve never been cancelled in the first place they got real cocky after Empire’s success which is as much as I love watching it is a fad that’s only going to be big for as long as most prior soap hit were like Desperate Housewives.

      Idol and other reality competitions become more and more valuable every year with live programming being a major priority for viewing this generation.