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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