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NBC Tops Final Tuesday in March

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, March 29 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:

NBC: 9.39 million, CBS: 7.78, ABC: 3.19, CW: 2.33, Fox: 1.70

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 1.9 rating/7 share, CBS: 1.1/ 4, ABC and CBS: 0.9/ 3 each, Fox: 0.7/ 2


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.56 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 5 (#3t)

Viewers: 10.19 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#3t)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.48 million (#1), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#1)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.22 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#5)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.33 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Real O’Neals
Viewers: 3.75 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)

Viewers: 10.46 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2t)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.16 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 8 (#1)

Fox – Grandfathered (R)
Viewers: 1.30 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.32 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2t)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 3.39 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
Viewers: 9.04 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.72 million (#2), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R)
Viewers: 1.96 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#4)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 1.45 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
Viewers: 3.08 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R)
Viewers: 8.49 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.51 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)

Fox – The Grinder (R)
Viewers: 1.31 million (#4), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 1.21 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 1 (#4)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 2.19 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

CBS – The Late Late Show Primetime Karaoke Primetime Special
Viewers: 4.55 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 8.79 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Beyond the Tank
Viewers: 2.20 million (#3), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#3)

CBS – The Late Late Show Primetime Karaoke Primetime Special
Viewers: 3.97 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 8.68 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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    · NCIS and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS were rebroadcasts.

    · At 10:00 PM, THE LATE LATE SHOW CARPOOL KARAOKE PRIMETIME SPECIAL delivered 4.26 million viewers, the second largest audience ever for CBS’s new late night series, ranking second in the time period in viewers, A18-49 (0.9) and A25-54 (1.2) and A18-34 (0.4). Last night’s broadcast topped “The Late Late Show’s” 4.00 million viewers on the night of David Letterman’s finale on May 20, 2015 and ranks only behind its post-Super Bowl broadcast which averaged 4.93 million viewers.







    Tuesday Primetime Results:

    NBC wins Tuesday among the Big 4 in every key measure, led by the #1 show of the night in 18-49, “The Voice,” while “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” tie for the #2 show of the night.

    “The Voice” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, total viewers and every other key measure.

    · Retains 96% of last week’s 2.4 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings and 92% of last week’s 2.5 in official nationals

    · In total viewers, grows +3% versus last week’s 10.544 million in fast-affil figures and +1% versus last week’s 10.764 million in official nationals.

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – season to date, Tuesday’s “Voice” has grown by +24% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.95 to a 3.66) and 2.2 million viewers overall (12.0 million to 14.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    · Upscale: Tuesday’s “Voice” has delivered a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 117 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current,” including L+3).

    “Chicago Med” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · With its first telecast in five weeks, grows +20% versus its prior episode in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.5 on Feb. 23) and increases +30% in total viewers (8.616 million vs. 6.642 million).

    · Ties for the #2 show of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in 18-49, behind only “The Voice.”

    · Wins the slot among the Big 4 in every key measure

    · Delivers the show’s highest regular-slot figures since Dec. 8 (2.1 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall).

    · Is up +20% versus NBC’s March 2015 non-“Voice” average in the slot (1.8 vs. 1.5 for comedies) and is up +74% in total viewers (8.616 million vs. 4.944 million).

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD:

    o The prior telecast of “Med” on Feb. 23 increased by +48% in 18-49 (1.47 to 2.17) and more than 2.3 million viewers(6.6 million to 9.0 million) going from L+SD to L+3.

    o The 0.70 increase in 18-49 was the biggest L+3 lift to date for a non-crossover episode of “Med.”

    “Chicago Fire” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Equals the show’s highest rating since Dec. 8 (2.0) and delivers its most-watched episode since that same date (9.1 million).

    · With its first original telecast in five weeks, grows +13% vs. its prior original telecast in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6 on Feb. 23) and grows in total viewers by +12% (8.736 million vs. 7.802 million)

    · Ranks #1 in the time period among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key measure

    · Ranks #1 by a +100% margin among those nets in the slot in adults 18-49 (1.8 vs. 0.9 for CBS’s #2 “Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special”).

    · Ties for the #2 show of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49, behind only “The Voice.”

    · Delivers its 24thconsecutive time-period win in 18-49 versus regular ABC-CBS competition in the 10-11 p.m. slot when in original, dating back to February 2015.

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD:

    o The prior original of “Chicago Fire” on Feb. 23 increased by +52% in 18-49 (1.62 to 2.47) and 2.9 million viewers (7.8 million to 10.7 million) going from L+SD to L+3.

    o “Fire’s” lifts of 0.85 of a point in 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers overall were the biggest L+3 increases of the night on the Big 4.

    o This season, “Chicago Fire” has grown by +61% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.81 to a 2.92) and 3.6 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday Night:

    Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were the #1-2 late-night shows in 18-49 in the 25 Nielsen markets with local people meters.

    · In adult 18-49 rating in the local people meters, Fallon (0.9) topped the combined results of CBS’s “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (0.3) and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (0.4).

    · In 18-49 in the local people meters, Meyers (0.5) beat both Colbert (0.3) and Kimmel (0.4), despite Meyers’ later start time.

    · In 18-49, Carson Daly (0.3) beat Corden (0.1), despite starting an hour later, tied “Nightline” (0.3), despite starting 90 minutes later, and tied Colbert (0.3), despite starting two hours later.

    · Fallon’s guests Tuesday night Susan Sarandon, John Cena and musical guest Michael Stipe.

    · Meyers’ guests Tuesday included Tracy Morgan, Maggie Siff, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

    · Daly’s guests Tuesday night included Erin Richards, Mary Elizabeth Ellis and musical guest Plague Vendor.

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.8/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.7/4; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.5/4.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/5; “Late Show,” 0.3/2; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/2.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.1/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (0.8/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.1/1).


    Fresh Off the Boat (8-8:30pm – 4.6 million and 1.2/5 in AD18-49): At 8pm, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat held even week to week and defeated Fox’s New Girl in the half-hour by best-ever margins of 2.4 million viewers (4.6 million vs. 2.2 million) and 33% in Adults 18-49 (1.2/5 vs. 0.9/3) to rank as the #1 Tuesday comedy for the 4th week running. In fact Fresh Off the Boat has finished as the most watched Tuesday night comedy on every original telecast of 2016.

    The Real O’Neals (8:30-9pm – 3.8 million and 1.0/4 in AD18-49): Once again delivering strong retention at 8:30pm, ABC’s The Real O’Neals also held even week to week in Total Viewers (3.8 million) with Adults 18-49 (1.0/4) to stand as the night’s #2 comedy to Fresh Off the Boat, outdelivering Fox’s Tuesday comedies including Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.0 million and 0.8/3 at 9pm). In addition, the new ABC comedy surged 20% in Adults 18-34 over the prior week.

    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (9-10pm – 3.2 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49): At 9pm, ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. grew week to week by 10% in Total Viewers (3.2 million vs. 2.9 million) and by 11% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/3 vs. 0.9/3), hitting 3-week highs – since 3/8/16. Additionally, the ABC drama jumped 40% week to week in Adults 18-34. L+3 Playback for Last Week (3/22/16): Standing as the #1 broadcast gainer in playback last Tuesday, S.H.I.E.L.D. shot up +78% over its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating (growing from a 0.9 to a 1.6 in L+3), marking the show’s biggest-ever L+3 lift.

  4. Nothing works better out of The Voice than these Chicago shows and they have been great partners for each other. Chicago Med has gotten back on track here and the rest of the spring will have a chance to get more viewers and get stronger without lead-in help for the next few seasons. I will definitely suggest NBC at this point keep the Chicago twins on behind The Voice on Tuesdays next season that way like I just said a second ago you can get Chicago Med really strong to anchor another night in the future or allow the opportunity for Chicago Fire to anchor another night.

    Chicago Fire literally just blew through the competition and this point I don’t think any female-skewing show should go against it at this point. Let’s see if Chicago PD can get back on track tonight but that 8pm Heartbreaker lead-in is going to give SVU a slow start every week especially now that Empire is in the picture.

    • Hate to point this out, but blowing out the spinoff of a low-rated show and a special for a late night show that isn’t doing well is not really all that impressive.

      Keep in mind it’s not doing as well as either NCIS or NOLA’s reruns…

      Also, as per usual, the ageist spin love 18-49 numbers but they’re not relevant outside of the virtual spin room.

  5. Man ABC is having such a bad spring as it looks like if LMS and Dr. Ken are new this week they will beat FOTB and The Real O’Neals again, I don’t know what ABC can do on Tuesdays honestly going forward except put Castle on at 8pm or 9pm next season if they bring it back. I might even put Murder on Tuesdays in one of those slots too, 10pm will always be hard with Chicago Fire there.

    Nobody watches the CBS late night shows right so why even bring their low numbers from late night with them?

    Like you guys have stated before FOX needs to really drop the comedy lineup and go reality here next season and this season is going to have probably the worst season yet for any broadcast network next year without Idol.

    Supergirl crossover didn’t help The Flash, its started to look sluggish lately and I can’t imagine how much lower these CW shows will rate on lower-tier affiliates in the major markets like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago if this Tribune negotiation falls through in next few months.

    • I think they thought that using the lead-in of NOLA they’d get sampling.

      They didn’t!

      I’m not the target audience for Late Night shows (haven’t watched one in ages as I find actors and singers selling you their stuff annoying and less than entertaining) but Corden certainly looks annoying without the guest trying to sell you a project.

      I don’t know that the affiliate makes much difference to CW’s ratings. Their ratings are bad because the shows are.

      Also not sure any station would really want to jump and take the place of the beleaguered Tribune stations on that sinking ship. The ones already on-board, I can see how the execs want not to rock the boat and draw attention to the fact they never should have signed on in the first place, but new stations?

  6. FOX renewing these DOA comedies is the sad state of the Fox network at the moment

    With how well the two Chicago shows are doing on Tuesday, I think it is 99.9 % chance Chicago Law is picked up. But the question is, where to put it? Bump one of these shows and let the Voice lead in to it? Wednesday at 8 or 9PM? Thursday at 10PM? A lot of options.

    • I agree and I think FOX will have their worse season ever next year without Idol to make things even worse and Empire might keep declining. The only good thing is that they do have the Super Bowl next year.

      I think NBC should leave the Chicago twins on Tuesdays and keep PD behind SVU. Justice is the wild card if it lands in the fall it can lead-off Wednesdays or go to 9pm or somewhere on Thursdays. There’s a lot of options but not enough scheduling space either at the same time. I think they’re better off waiting until mid-season honestly in January to premiere it unless they do with it like they did with Med and wait until November. This is an Olympic year so there’s that promotional ground for new shows during August for fall shows.

      • Amazing how Walden and Newman piked up the torch of bad shows getting bad ratings and are carrying it across the line, isn’t it? 🙁

      • I have seen a lot of possibilities. Some have suggested slide SVU to the 8PM hour. Of course some say you don’t put a show like that at 8PM. SVU use to dominate in the 10PM hour back in the day. If NBC really felt testy, it could move SVU to Thursday at 10PM. That would solve two hours on that night and find what works for their new law based Chicago Show. Especially since I think they may move Mysteries of Laura to Friday

        • I think NBC has some great options for SVU next season especially with the help of Chicago Justice coming in allowing it to maybe finally moving away from Empire and Criminal Minds. The most frustrating possibility in SVU leading off at 8pm because I don’t get the whole family hour complaint thing there especially since so many mature shows have aired in that hour. That hour was a bigger deal back in day like around the 70s when it was established I believe and the 80s. I think SVU would work well at 8pm and it wouldn’t have to worry about a low lead-in in front of it.

          If SVU goes with the 8pm hour then you can go with doubling up the Chicago shows like they do with Med and Fire on Tuesdays and have Justice and PD at 9 and 10. They could also go with a Chicago show leading off to at 8pm, move Blacklist there, or stay with Laura leading off and keep the lineup the same next season.

          Thursdays will be a fine option as well depending on Little Big Shots but the Thursday Night Football 5-week run is a factor here too.

          Another move I hear about from time to time is Chicago PD moving to Thursdays at 10pm but it needs to stay on Wednesdays in my opinion but a Chicago show would work on Thursdays very well either way.

    • I’ll stress what we agree on and yes, renewing those awful comedies nobody watches tells you a lot about the state of television and the people who run it (into the ground).

      • It’s just bad. A rule of thumb for me is when you rank as bad as CW shows, you probably need to go back to the drawing board. The drawing board is calling

  7. New Girl continues to live up to the Flop Girl moniker.

    Can’t wait to see how FOX will explain those numbers away and renew it yet again.

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