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Tuesday Overnights: CBS Wins; NBC Poised for Victory in Adults 18-49

Fox Sitcom 'LA to Vegas' Slips in Week 2


Household Rating/Share
CBS: 7.1/12, NBC: 5.5/ 9, ABC and Fox: 2.4/ 4 each, CW: 0.5/ 1

Note: Comparisons to the year-ago evening are excluded due to President Barack Obama addressing the nation.

-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this second Tuesday in January care of the highly compatible combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 9.1 rating/15 share), “Bull” (#2: 6.6/11) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (#1: 5.6/10). But NBC is poised for victory in adults 18-49 (and all the key demo groups) care of its line-up of recent entry “Ellen’s Game of Games” (#2: 5.0/ 8), which was just renewed for season two, “This Is Us” (6.8/11), which featured another episode certain to keep Kleenex in business, and the always reliable “Chicago Med” (#2: 4.6/ 8). Comparably, “Ellen’s Game of Games” was right on par with its overnight debut one week earlier, and it was 16 percent above game show “The Wall” on the year-ago evening (4.3/ 7 on 1/10/17).

In week two news, Fox sitcom “LA to Vegas” slipped by 22 percent from its already modest opening with a distant fourth-place 2.1/ 3 in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, that was 28 percent below lead-in “Lethal Weapon” (2.9/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.), and it led into a mere 1.5/ 2 for relocated “The Mick” at 9:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, ABC had nothing unusual to report in the Tuesday overnights care of sitcoms “The Middle” (#3: 3.8/ 6), “Fresh Off the Boat” (#4: 2.5/ 4), “black-ish” (#3: 2.8/ 4) and an encore of “Modern Family” (#3: 1.9/ 3 from 8-10 p.m.), and waiting-to-be axed “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (#3: 1.8/ 3 at 10 p.m.). The final episodes of “The Middle” will get quite a boost, needless to say, when it moves to Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on March 27 out of the return of “Roseanne.”

The CW capped off the evening with repeats of “The Flash” and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” which each averaged a mere 0.5/ 1 in the household overnights.

What follows are the household overnight results for Tuesday, January 9 half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Middle”: 3.8/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.0/15 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games”: 4.7/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 3.0/ 5 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh Off the Boat”: 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS”: 9.2/15 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games”: 5.3/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Lethal Weapon”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.7/11 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 7.0/11 (#1)
Fox – “LA to Vegas”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Bull”: 6.6/11 (#2)
NBC – “This Is Us”: 6.7/11 (#1)
Fox – “The Mick”: 1.5/ 2 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.7/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.8/ 8 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 5.5/10 (#1)
NBC – “Chicago Med”: 4.5/ 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. That is quite a jump at the 1/2 hour for Game of Games. I wonder if that is people switching over from ABC after watching The Middle (since Fresh Off the Boat drops so much) or if it is pre-tune for This Is Us.

    • Yeah Game of Games is doing pretty well it needs a permanently slot somewhere maybe Wednesdays at 8pm to boost SVU and CPD. It could be what you said in terms of that rise though with channel switching or pre-tuning from TIU.

      • This has to be a pleasant surprise for NBC. I thought it would do ok but didn’t realize it would do consistently well, and even grow a bit, after 4 episodes.

        • I say let it be time period filler like it is after a Christmas hiatus or something like the summer. A pattern has emerged with game type shows on broadcast that burn out fast if they are over exposed. Think about . . .well all the last ones we have seen

          • I agree. I was glad to see that this cycle is only six episodes. They renewed it for 13 for next season but if they just do it once a week, that should be ok.

      • I think letting it be filler within the season at times will work. These game shows tend to bottom out if they are over exposed too much

  2. LA to Vegas crashes back down to Earth.

    Game of Games can be great filler as long as NBC doesn’t over expose it to death