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NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ and CBS’ ‘Bull’ Remain the Biggest New Hit Series of the Season

David Blaine Special Performs Modestly on ABC

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Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.5/12, NBC: 5.7/ 9, ABC: 3.3/ 5, CW: 1.4/ 2, Fox: 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
ABC: +43, CBS: – 1, NBC: -10, CW: -22, Fox: -28


NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), The Flash (CW), This Is Us (NBC), Bull (CBS)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), New Girl (Fox), “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC), “The Real O’Neals” (ABC), Scream Queens (Fox), No Tomorrow (CW)


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS remains the network to beat this season in the Tuesday overnights, besting No. 2 NBC by 44 percent in households last night. But the home of “The Voice” and “This is Us” will dominate in adults 18-49 (and all the key demos).

Competing against each other, “Bull” on CBS and aforementioned “This Is Us” on NBC remained bona fide new hits. “Bull” topped the 9 p.m. hour, with a 7.5 rating/12 share in the household overnights. Comparably, “Bull” held a comfortable 82 percent of its “NCIS” lead-in (#1 for the night: 9.1/14 at 8 p.m.). And “This Is Us” scored a solid second-place 6.4/10, which completely held its “The Voice” lead-in (#2: 6.3/10 at 8 p.m.) and built from the debut of year-time period occupant “Chicago Med” (5.7/ 9 on 11/17/15) by 12 percent.
Also on the two nets was “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 5.8/10) and “Chicago PD” (#2: 4.4/ 8), which remain respectable options in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour. ABC countered in the time period last night with special “David Blaine: Beyond Magic” at a 3.5/ 6.

Earlier in the evening on ABC, sitcoms “The Middle” (#3: 4.1/ 7) and recently full season-renewed “American Housewife” (#3: 3.6/ 6), combined, outdelivered year-ago time period occupants “The Muppets” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” each with a 2.5/ 4, by an average of 54 percent. But relocated (and over-rated) “Fresh Off the Boat” slipped to a 2.8/ 4 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, followed by sophomore “The Real O’Neals” at a 2.3/ 4 at 9:30 p.m. In other words, ABC has problems on Tuesday outside of the 8 p.m. hour.

As for “The Middle,” am I the only viewer wondering why Axl (Charlie McDermott) and Sue (Eden Sher) are always home when they are supposed to be away at college?
Elsewhere, The CW is solid at 8 p.m. care of its top-rated series, “The Flash,” at a 2.3/ 4. Comparably, “The Flash” bested competing Fox sitcoms “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#5: 1.6/ 3) and “New Girl” (#5: 1.5/ 2), by an average of 48 percent. And both “Scream Queens” on Fox (#4: 1.0/ 2) and recent CW entry “No Tomorrow” (#5: 0.6/ 1) both failed to generate any interest at 9 p.m.
What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, November 15 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.1/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.0/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#2)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.6/ 3 (#5)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.2/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.4/10 (#2)
Fox – “New Girl” 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.2/ 3 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.6/12 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.5/10 (#2)
Fox – “Scream Queens”: 1.0/ 2 (#4)
CW – “No Tomorrow”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Real O’Neals”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.4/12 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.2/10 (#2)
Fox – “Scream Queens”: 1.0/ 2 (#4)
CW – “No Tomorrow”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “David Blaine: Beyond Magic”: 3.6/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.0/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “David Blaine: Beyond Magic”: 3.4/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.7/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago PD”: 4.3/ 8 (#2)

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 ( 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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  1. The Real O’Neals has been creatively strong so far this season and I really enjoy Martha Plimpton as a performer. I’m sorry that it hasn’t been able to find a larger audience.

  2. Has Blindspot jumped the shark? Am I the only one who has noticed, although they have been moving away from focus on Jane’s tattoos, there were many scenes in last weeks eps where she didn’t have any at all?. Even in the primary scenes, she is noticeably less tattooed. Still a great show.

    • It doesn’t seem to even involve her tattoos anymore. I don’t think they have been brought up in a single episode this season

      • Good, I’m not the only one. LOL. They have been mentioned, a few times, but good point, not necessarily in every episode.

        • Yep. And after watching Wednesdays episode, I get the vibe they are wrapping the entire story up this season “just in case” the show isn’t renewed. And it’s iffy if it is.

  3. “Hit” is being generous as only Bull is within reach and it’s iffy if it’d do it without the protective coat tails of NCIS.