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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Wins; NBC is the Net to Beat in Adults 18-49


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.9/11, NBC: 5.6/ 9, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 2.3/ 3, CW: 1.6/ 3

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: +21, NBC: +14, ABC: no change, CW: – 6, CBS: – 7

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS scored a typical Tuesday household overnight victory with its combination of scripted dramas (“NCIS”: #1 for the night, 8.6 rating/14 share at 8 p.m.), “Bull” (#2: 6.8/11 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 5.4/9 at 10 p.m.). But NBC will clearly rule in adults 18-49 (and all the key young adult demographics) with its trio of “Ellen’s Game of Games” (#2: 4.8/ 7 at 8 p.m.), which was a season finale, sophomore sensation “This Is Us” (#1: 7.2/11 at 9 p.m.) and “Chicago Med” (#2: 4.8/ 9 at 10 p.m.). Riding off the wave of the post-“Super Bowl” momentum on Sunday, “This Is Us” was 11 percent above the 6.5/10 in the household overnights on the year-ago evening.

On ABC, soon-to-conclude sitcom “The Middle” remained the standout, with a third-place 3.9/ 6 in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Once the revival of “Roseanne” steps into the time period on March 27 (with an hour-long installment), “The Middle” will benefit as its 8:30 p.m. lead-out effective the following week.

Next on ABC was “Fresh Off the Boat,” which dipped to a fourth-place 2.6/ 4 at 8:30 p.m., followed by “black-ish” (#3: 2.7/ 4), a repeat of “Modern Family” (#4: 1.5/ 2) and failing freshman scripted hour “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (#3: 1.7/ 3) from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, sophomore “Lethal Weapon” on Fox remains a noticeable improvement over year-ago sitcoms “New Girl” and “The Mick,” with a 2.9/ 5 (#4) in the 8 p.m. hour. But the household overnight results for Fox comedies “LA to Vegas” (#4: 1.8/ 3) and ”The Mick” (#4: 1.5/ 2) continue to lack from 9-10 p.m.

The CW, meanwhile, featured “The Flash” (#5: 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) and “Black Lightning” (#5: 1.4/ 2 at 9 p.m.), which dipped to a series low but is still an improvement over year-ago time period occupant “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

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

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.9/ 3 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.6/14 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games”: 5.1/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CW – “The Flash”: 1.8/ 3 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.9/11 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.4/12 (#1)
Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.7/11 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.1/11 (#1)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning”: 1.4/ 2 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.6/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 5.0/ 9 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.3/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.7/ 9 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. Your confidence in the success of Roseanne is interesting. That show ran a couple seasons too long the first time. I agree that people will tune in for the first episode, just to see how everyone looks, but I’m not at all confident that this show will be a success. Isn’t that what happened with Will and Grace? It also ran a couple seasons too long the first time. It had some buzz the first two episodes or so, but now I never hear anyone talk about it and the rating are not really impressive.

    • Here’s the thing though none of the comedy revivals since Fuller House been out have been unsuccessful they’ve all been a huge success for their platforms or networks. Will & Grace is still a huge success for NBC it’s their top rated comedy in a very difficult timeslot and I have no idea where you got this whole people aren’t talking about W&G, they’re still talking about W&G. I actually found out about what happened in last week’s episode before I even watched it because it was trending on social media and the buzz is still there. It’s down a little bit from the fall sure but that’s obviously because of TNF hiatus where it lost some live viewers to Mom. I also noticed that the delayed viewing numbers for W&G are still healthy as it still remains among the top 5 most DVRed programs on NBC right now with TIU and the Chicago shows so people are still watching it.

      Marc has every right to be confident just like me that Roseanne will succeed, yes the show will have a huge premiere but fall after that but it’s all about where it settles down at. I expect it to be ABC’s top rated comedy on Tuesdays going forward and what they can build the block around with going forward.

      There’s more comedy revivals on the way and most of them will be working out so if you anti-revival people are against it that’s just tough luck because they’re here to stay.