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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Leads, but NBC is the Network to Beat in the Key Demos

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.2/12, NBC: 5.2/ 9, ABC: 2.5/ 4, Fox: 2.1/ 3, CW: 1.4/ 2

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded due to Election coverage airing on Nov. 9. 2016.

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-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this first Tuesday in November in the household overnights care of its combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.5 rating/14 share), sophomore “Bull” (#1: 6.9/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 6.0/11). “Bull” inched past NBC’s competing “This Is Us” (#2: 6.8/11) by one-tenth of a household rating point. But “This Is Us” will hold a significant advantage in adults 18-49 (and all the key demo groups), and will easily lift NBC to victory for the night.

“This Is Us,” additionally, increased from solid lead-in “The Voice” (#2: 6.0/10 at 8 p.m.) by 13 percent in the household overnights. Lead-out “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers,” however, slipped by 60 percent with a 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m. Returning “Chicago Med” will inherit the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour on NBC effective on Nov. 21.

ABC, unfortunately, is just is not resonating on Tuesday following “The Middle” (#3: 3.8/ 6), which will produce two additional episodes in this final ninth season (taking the total to 24). Next was “Fresh Off the Boat” at a fourth-place 2.5/ 4 at 8:30 p.m., which dropped by 34 percent from “The Middle,” followed by the modest 9-11 p.m. combination of “black-ish” (#3: 2.7/ 4), “The Mayor” (#3: 1.8/ 3) and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (#3: 2.0/ 4).

If ABC wants to improve its status on Tuesday, it should open the night with the revival of “Roseanne” at 8 p.m. into “The Middle.” “Fresh Off the Boat” could be moved to Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. if the network decides to cancel failing “The Mayor” in midseason.

Elsewhere, Fox had nothing unusual to report with its line-up of “Lethal Weapon” (#4: 2.8/ 4 at 8 p.m.), “The Mick” (#4: 1.5/ 2 at 9 p.m.) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.3/ 2 at 9:30 p.m.). Fox has just ordered seven additional episodes of “The Mick,” bringing the total order in this second season to 20. And The CW featured “The Flash” (#5: 1.9/ 3), which remains the network’s highest rated series, and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.0/ 2).

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, November 7 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.4/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.9/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.9/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.8/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 7.0/11 (#1t)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.0/11 (#1t)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Mayor”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.8/11 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.6/11 (#2)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 0.9/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.2/11 (#1)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers”: 2.9/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.9/11 (#1)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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  1. Question, Marc. A 1.0 18-49 comes to just about 1.3 million viewers. Where is that number compared to, say, 5 years ago? Has it increased or decreased? Do changes in the the makeup of the population affect that number significantly? This is apart from the issue of the absolute 18-49 numbers coming down because of dvr use and splintering of audiences to cable. Thanks, Marc

    • That’s a good question. While the number of Age 2+ potential viewers has increased, I wonder if, due to the aging population, if the 18-49 segment has actually decreased.

  2. For those craving great comedy on Tuesday nights (early evenings), “Motherland” just premiered on BBC2 and will air 6 more episodes. Catch it before a U.S. network buys the rights and royally screws it up. For those who aren’t tech savvy, have an 8-34 year-old show you how to watch or stream it. It’s bloody brilliant!

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