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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Wins; NBC is a Lock for Dominance in Adults 18-49

Justin Hartley is Bucking for an Emmy Award After Last Night's Installment of 'This Is Us'


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.1/12, NBC: 5.5/ 9, ABC: 2.6/ 4, Fox: 2.1/ 3, CW: 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: +62, CW: + 7, NBC: – 4, CBS: – 5, ABC: -21


-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC ruled in the Tuesday household overnights, as usual, with its line-up of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.4/14), “Bull” (#2: 6.8/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 6.2/11). Comparably, “NCIS: New Orleans” outdelivered the competition combined — the season (or series) finale of “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers” on NBC (#2: 2.9/ 5) and “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” on ABC (#3: 1/9/ 4). But NBC is still the network to beat in adults 18-49 (and all the key demo groups) on Tuesday.

“The Voice” opened the evening with a solid 6.4/10 in the household overnights at 8 p.m., leading into a dominant 7.1/11 for “This Is Us” at 9 p.m., which year-to-year increased by 13 percent. When Justin Hartley as Kevin submits a performance to review to the Emmy voters from this season, last night’s episode was definitiely it.

On ABC, the final season of “The Middle” is the only Tuesday sitcom still resonating, with a third-place 4.0/ 7 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Question for ABC: Why not reconsider and grant this underrated gem a 10th season? Next was “Fresh Off the Boat” at a 2.7/ 4 (#3t) at 8:30 p.m., which slide by 32 percent. And that led into “black-ish” (#3: 2.9/ 5) and struggling freshman “The Mayor” (#3: 1.9/ 3) from 9-10 p.m. Despite its ongoing lackluster showing, ABC has ordered three additional scripts for “The Mayor.”

Elsewhere, Fox was at typical Tuesday overnight levels care of “Lethal Weapon” (#4: 2.8/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.) and 9-10 p.m. comedies “The Mick” (#4: 2.8/ 5) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#3t: 2.7/ 4). And The CW featured “The Flash” (#5: 1.9/ 3 at 8 p.m.), which remains the network’s most-watched show, and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (#5: 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m.).

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, November 14 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 4.0/ 7 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.3/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.2/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 2.0/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.7/ 4 (#3t)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.5/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 6.6/10 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.7/ 4 (#3t)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.8/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.8/11 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.2/11 (#1)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.2/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Mayor”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.7/11 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.9/11 (#1)
Fox – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow”: 1.1/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.3/11 (#1)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers” (season or series finale): 3.1/ 5 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.9/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 6.1/11 (#1)
ABC – “Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers” (season or series finale): 2.8/ 5/ 5 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. I love “The Middle”, but nine seasons is a good run and it should go out while still creatively viable.
    Plus, it will force ABC to really put some work into shoring up next season’s Tuesday night lineup.

    ABC should have left “Blackish” on Wednesday nights since it would no longer have to compete with “Empire” on FOX. Now it’s up against “This Is Us”.

    • It’s touching you think Channing Dungey could find a hit if only she tried harder… 😉

      They need to fire all those non-creative executives and hire people with a clue why shows are good or not. I’m not holding my breath they will. They certainly are acting happy they’re failing miserably.

      [not directed against you but I was just shocked to see all the renewed flops and their incredibly tiny ratings – results like those should result in massive executive firings in any well-managed company].

      • The TV industry is definitely way too business minded at the expense of creativity.

        I actually like most of ABC’s comedies, but Tuesdays are way too competitive right now for them to make an inroad. They might do better with them on Sunday nights. It’s at least worth a shot since they haven’t had any success on that night in the five years since “Desperate Housewives” went off the air.

        • Thanks for the interesting response. 🙂

          I do agree with you that all creativity has gone out the window, but it’s not been replaced by business, imo.

          Business-minded people ruled over the Golden Age of network TV when the shows were great and coined money. Those people recognized that you needed talent and quality to rule the day (or rather the evenings!)

          Now you have people in charge who don’t know what talent looks like and think that being friends with someone means you must order a dozen shows from them…

          It’s the opposite of being business-minded.

          David Mamet points out that most of the executive jobs on TV networks are not needed and that their only purpose is to create a short of “Court” around the decision-makers.

          He’s entirely right. The way the networks are managed (renew most flops and order a few shows from the same people that have failed you again and again) it takes two weeks for one person to program the network a year.

          The rest is make-work for the Children of the Hollywood Nobility.

          Competitive Tuesdays: I do disagree and I’ll point out that there was about 280 million people not watching network TV yesterday (on average some may have watched part of course).

          The ratings of even NCIS are not significant compared to the number of people you could convince to watch your show.

          It used to be that being up against hits shows (real hit shows when they had them in droves) was a real handicap, especially when you had a similar genre, but it’s no longer the case.

          Your suggestion isn’t bad, but I doubt it’d make much difference. Those moves can improve shows by a fraction but not more than that. Frankly the last such move I can recall that made a little difference was when NBC moved E-Ring and switched it around with the show that was next to it and got a million viewers more (still not enough to make it a hit) without hurting the other show.

          Again thanks for the interesting remarks. They were certainly thought-provoking for me. 🙂

          • But to my earlier point, those business-minded people were also creative-minded — or at least creative-minded enough to allow the creative people to be creative and support them in that.

            That’s not happening today.

            • Exactly. Well said. 🙂

              Part of the difference was that the studios did not own the networks so the networks were motivated solely by trying to make money for the network not appeasing political constituencies at the conglomerate.

              Independent producers existed and were financially successful (the best-known being Stephen J. Cannell) and produced great shows (Cannell was a great and prolific writer and businessman).

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