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NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ Beats the Return of ‘Person of Interest’ on CBS

CBS Leads Tuesday Overnights

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.2 rating/12 share, NBC: 5.5/ 9, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 1.7/ 3, Fox: 1.4/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
NBC: +25, CBS: – 6, CW: -11, Fox: -26, ABC: -56


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led the Tuesday overnights with ease, besting No. 2 NBC by 31 percent. But it was not a clean sweep. “NCIS” on CBS topped the evening with a 9.3 rating/15 share in households from 8-9 p.m., leading into spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans” at an also dominant 7.6/12 at 9 p.m. But the season-premiere of “Person of Interest” scored a second-place 4.8/ 8 at 10 p.m., which trailed competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC (#1: 5.4/ 9) by 11 percent. Regardless, the return of this final season of “Person of Interest” was 30 percent the season (or series) finale of former time period occupant “Limitless” last week (3.7/ 6 on April 26).

Earlier in the evening on NBC was a one-hour edition of “The Voice” at a 5.9/10 (#2) at 8 p.m., which should have no trouble leading the night in adults 18-49, followed by freshman “Chicago Med” at a 5.3/ 8 at 9 p.m. (#2).

Elsewhere, the household overnight results were sorely lacking. ABC opened the night with sophomore sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” at a 2.9/ 3 at 8 p.m. (#3), which outdelivered competing “New Girl” on Fox (#5: 1.7/ 3) by 71 percent. Next on the alphabet net was recently introduced “The Real O’Neals” (#3: 2.2/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.), which slipped from “Fresh Off the Boat” by 24 percent. Comparably, however, that still beat competing “Grandfathered” on Fox (#5: 1.4/ 2) by 57 percent. At 9 p.m., “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” on ABC scored a typically lackluster 2.0/ 3 at 9 p.m. (#3) and it led into a mere 1.4/ 2 (#3) for sinking “Beyond the Tank” at 10 p.m.

Fox featured a second episode of “New Girl” at 9 p.m. (#4: 1.4/ 2) into a 1.1/ 2 (#4) for “The Grinder” at 9:30 p.m. Of the three on-the-fence Tuesday night sitcoms – “The Real O’Neals,” “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” – “The Real O’Neals” has the best chance of a second season renewal.

On The CW, episode three of drama “Containment” (#5: 1.0/ 2 at 9 p.m.) only managed to hold 43 percent of the 2.3/ 4 in the household overnights for lead-in “The Flash” (#4: 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.).

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Person of Interest is on of the best shows on CBS and Chicago fire is one f the best on NBC…Two great shows…

  2. CBS should never have moved “Person of Interest” from Thursday at 9 where it was a Top 10 show to their trouble slot of Tuesdays at 10 where its ratings have naturally fallen.

    • It has nothing to do with the slot, except it lost its lead-in and lead-out.

      PoI was never that strong and now has long lost most of its mojo.

      • It was ranked #5 before it was moved to Tuesdays.

        And it has everything to do with time slot when that time slot is so troublesome for a network that it needs to sacrifice a hit to shore it up.

        • Single Guy was the 6th highest-rated show overall when it was canceled by NBC.

          rankings without context don’t mean anything.

          The 10pm slot is only “troublesome” because they put bad shows in it…

          Friday Blue Bloods is solid, which demonstrates you don’t need anything special to get decent results (OK Tom Selleck IS special ;:D) ).

          • You set the context by saying POI wasn’t a strong show. I countered that with a ranking using your context.

            And “Single Guy” had the benefit of a top lead-in. POI was largely a self-starter in taking over the “CSI” slot.

            And all the 10pm shows were bad.

            And there must be something special about “Blue Bloods” to draw 10 million viewers on a Friday night.

            • I’m sorry if I sounded like I didn’t appreciate your comment. I did. 🙂

              I was never impressed by PoI’s numbers and always thought it was dependent on the shows that surrounded it.

              Certainly Elementary hit it hard, as it did the whole CBS Thursday.

              Actually Elementary was instrumental in destroying that once precious night for CBS, a little like The Office destroyed NBC’s Thursday.

              I agree with you on the 10pm shows. They’re low-rated because they’re bad. It’s not the time slot.

              What’s special about Blue Bloods is Tom Selleck. 🙂

  3. Would it be hard to follow Person of Interest if I jump back in? I stopped watching when Cookie left the show.

  4. Never a huge it, Person of Interest is however one of the better shows on TV, much better than its recent numbers indicate. It is extremely well crafted and the cast goes together very well. It was also a mistake writing out Taraji P. Henson as early as they did.

    • Have t odisagree on Ms. Henson. She is not a very good actress and is a detriment to shows (yes, she isn’t the reason anyone watches Empire!)

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