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‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ Left at the Return Gate on ABC

CBS Leads Third Tuesday in January, but Freshman 'Limitless' Soft

Metered Market Ratings

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.6 rating/12 share, NBC: 4.4/ 7, ABC: 2.1/ 3, Fox and CW: 1.9/ 3 each

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded due to the live State of the Union address being telecast.


“NCIS” (CBS), “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS), “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)

“Limitless” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):

“Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” (ABC), “New Girl” (Fox), “Grandfathered (Fox), “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (ABC), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “The Grinder” (Fox)


Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy household overnight victory for CBS on this third Tuesday in January with its line-up of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 10.7 rating/17 share), “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 7.9/12) and freshman drama “Limitless” (#2: 4.1/ 7). But “Limitless” trailed competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC (#1: 5.5/10) by 25 percent and it slipped by a hefty 47 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “NCIS: New Orleans” (7.8/12).

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Hollywood Game Night” at a second-place 3.0/ 5 from 8-9 p.m., followed by recently introduced “Chicago Med” at a 4.8/ 7 at 9 p.m., which increased by 60 percent. Chances are there will be a fourth occupant in the NBC “Chicago” drama themed franchise next season.

In season-premiere news, two-hours of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” on ABC (in place of temporarily benched “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD) limped out of the return gate with a mere2.1/ 3 in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m. Like most superheroes-themed dramas, the traditional Nielsen ratings are just not all that impressive. ABC opened the night with 8-9 p.m. special “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” at a similarly disappointing 2.3/ 4.

Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with its revamped Tuesday line-up of comedies “New Girl” (#4: 2.2/ 4), “Grandfathered” (#4: 1.9/ 3), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and “The Grinder” (#4: 1.5/ 2). And The CW populated the night with “The Flash” (#4: 2.5/ 4) and half-hour 9-10 p.m. specials “D.C’s Legends of Tomorrow: Their Time Now” (#5: 1.5/ 2) and “D.C. Film’s Presents: Dawn of the Justice League” (#5: 1.3/ 2).

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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      • I wouldn’t mind a fourth “Chicago” edition, but I think only 3 Chicago series should air at at time. I would use “Law” to fill-in series for the other shows for 6-8 weeks at a time to cut down on repeats for the franchise overall. For instance, air “Law” on Tuesdays at 9pm to give “Med” a rest in say, January, then at 10pm in March to give “Fire” a rest.

  1. Superhero shows keep flopping but the powers-that-be in Hollywood have decided to continue to try and force them down our collective throats.

    Could it be they actually don’t realize their own box-office numbers are juked up and can’t serve as a basis to figure out what’s actually in demand?

    • The problem is that superhero shows on TV can’t keep up with the high budgets of superhero movies so the shows pale in comparison to viewers. Also, there’s a difference in watching a 2 hour movie and coming back each week for a new episode. Also, a lot of these superhero shows don’t even have superheroes or at least not famous ones.

      • Also TV shows don’t get to pick their own ratings the way movies get to pick their reported BO…

        You do make an interesting point about the budgets, but maybe it goes to show the networks should stop making those shows anyway…

  2. Specifically on Agent Carter, it flopped last yea and making more was sure-fire way to throw more money down the drain (well into the right pockets more likely… 🙁 )

    What an incredible (and predictable) waste!

  3. Marc (or anyone who might know): AMC is claiming to have the “most-watched show on TV” by the LSD 15-16 T-D (9/21/15 – 11/29/15) metric.

    What is “T-D”?

    Is it “total dayparts”?

    It sounds like they tortured the data to get that “most watched” out of Nielsen…

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