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Updated Tuesday Ratings Scorecard: CBS Leads; NBC Respectable

ABC and Fox Have a Great Deal of Repeat Work to Do

What follows are the preliminary national ratings for Tuesday, February 2 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Note that these results are based on the time period averages and are not program based.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 10.08 million, NBC: 6.72, ABC: 3.02, CW: 2.56, Fox: 2.35

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 1.7 rating/5 share, NBC: 1.5/ 5, CW and Fox: 1.0/ 3 each, ABC: 0.9/ 3


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 5.20 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2t)

CBS – Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
Viewers: 11.07 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 4.37 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#5)

Fox – New Girl
Viewers: 2.98 million (#5), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2t)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.67 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2t)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – The Muppets
Viewers: 2.72 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)

CBS – Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
Viewers: 11.35 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Hollywood Game Night
Viewers: 4.28 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

Fox – Grandfathered
Viewers: 2.57 million (#5), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CW – The Flash
Viewers: 3.66 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agent Carter
Viewers: 2.83 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#4)

CBS – Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
Viewers: 11.55 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 7.28 million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

Fox – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Viewers: 2.22 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 1.53 million (#5), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#5)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – Marvel’s Agent Carter
Viewers: 2.74 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials
Viewers: 11.58 million (#1), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#1)

NBC – Chicago Med
Viewers: 8.02 million (#2), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2)

Fox – The Grinder
Viewers: 1.65 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CW – iZombie
Viewers: 1.39 million (#5), A18-49: 0.5/ 2 (#5)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – What Would You Do?
Viewers: 2.22 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

Viewers: 7.90 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 8.12 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – What Would You Do?
Viewers: 2.39 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

Viewers: 7.03 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Chicago Fire
Viewers: 8.28 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

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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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    Fresh Off the Boat (8:00-8:30pm – 5.2 million and 1.4/5 in AD18-49):

    Moving to its new 8pm time period (shifting back from 8:30pm), Fresh Off the Boat returned to original for the first time in 2 months (since 12/8/15), spiking 33% in Total Viewers (5.2 million vs. 3.9 million) and 17% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/5 vs. 1.2/4) from its last first-run airing. The ABC sophomore comedy drew its biggest audience since its September season opener and matched its top young adult number since the start of November – since 9/22/15 and 11/3/15, respectively.

    ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat returned as Tuesday’s #1 comedy in viewers and young adults, topping Fox’s New Girl (3.0 million and 1.4/5) by 2.2 million viewers and tying in Adults 18-49.

  2. That’s a nice jump NBC had going from Hollywood Gamei Night to Chicago Med. Even better, Med improves at the half-hour, so people are obviously tuning in. And Fire continues to do good numbers at 10. I guess the renewals for both shows are deserved.





    Tuesday Primetime Results:

    “Chicago Fire” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

    · Wins the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key measure.

    · Ranks #1 by a +50% margin among those nets in the 10-11 p.m. ET hour (1.8 vs. 1.2 for CBS’s #2 “NCIS” encore).

    · Maintained its 1.8 rating for a fourth straight telecast.

    · Delivers its 20th consecutive 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.

    · Is up +13% versus its average last season when airing without a “Voice” lead-in in 18-49 (1.8 vs. 1.6).

    · Is the #1 Big 4 telecast of the night in women 18-49 and tied for #1 in women 25-54.

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago Fire” has grown by +61% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.86 to a 2,99) and 3.6 million viewers overall (8.0 million to 11.6 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “Chicago Med” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):

    · Maintains 100% of last week’s 1.6 in these prelim fast-affiliate ratings and 94% of last week’s 1.7 in official nationals.

    · Grows week to week in total viewers (7.649 million vs. 7.577 million last week in official nationals).

    · Doubles NBC’s rating in the slot on the same night last year (1.6 vs. 0.8 for comedies) and triples the year-ago figure in total viewers (7.649 million vs. 2.502 million).

    · Builds by +45% on its lead-in in 18-49 and +77% in total viewers.

    · Will add substantial audience via time-shifting and VOD — “Chicago Med” has increased by +40% in 18-49 rating (from a 2.00 to a 2.80) and 2.7 million viewers overall (8.8 million to 11.5 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    “Hollywood Game Night” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):

    · Maintains 92% of last week’s 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 100% in adults 18-34 (0.7 vs. 0.7).

    · Ranks #2 in the time period among the Big 4 in adults 25-54.

    Estimates After 7 Days of Time-Shifting and Alt-Platform Viewing:

    · “Hollywood Game Night,” 1.3 rating in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall.

    · “Chicago Med,” 2.6, 10.7 million.

    · “Chicago Fire,” 3.1, 12.2 million.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.2/6 with an encore telecast; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.2/6; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.7/4 with an encore; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.3/4 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” (1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS’s “Late Late Show” (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

  4. If there was ever a deserved renewal for a Freshman show it would definitely be Chicago Med. That’s a lot of heavy lifting for a new show to do building from a 1.1 all the way up to a 1.7 so again well deserved renewal. Chicago Fire has been hot this season its definitely grown a new audience this season and seems to be right at 1.8 as NBC’s top scripted show this season. NBC needs to keep both shows together on Tuesdays next season.

    Dick Wolf is simply the man as all four of his shows have helped turn around NBC the last few seasons out of the basement. Keeping him in-house through 2020 was smart and one thing that was very telling from what he said was that he had his best working relationship with this current regime at NBC. That just tells you how much of a mess NBC was under with the last couple of regimes and why the network had a 10-year period of failure.

    • Oh really? I do not like that idea since I do not care for Supergirl and so am not familiar with what has been happening in that storyline after the first couple of episodes.

  5. Looking at FOX Tuesday numbers is litearlly embarrassing. Time to scrap /all/ of that or at least everything but New Girl and give New Girl A FINALE SEASON and leave it at that.

    ABC is sad state of affairs as well. Muppets is DOA. And as great as Agent Carter is, I doubt it will go past this season.

    NBC is much improved. Well done Dick Wolf shows.

      • LOL If that is what Fox considers a “success” they deserve those kind of ratings for their half hour comedies. Heck, ABC’s Friday at 8PM block puts up better numbers on a lower rated night.

        • Don’t know if you were on the old site, but that’s the “constant lowering of the bar” that I’ve been talking about.

          We have reached the point where they wisely explain to us that you don’t need people watching to have a huge hit…

          • I’ve been following and posting when Marc had the other site before the other side.

            Fox is doing bad regardless on this night. My bar is if you are doing worse than the CW on any given hour or night, it’s time to start over.

            • Thanks for the reply. 🙂 It’s much appreciated.

              Were you posting under a different nickname? Not that it matters really… Just curious.

              I think one of our main difference is where we place the bar.

              I think all of CW is WAY below the bar of what is acceptable. it has nights where it loses to Ion and loses almost every night to Univision and several cable networks.

              More generally it is an interesting issue as I think the networks’ bad habit of eternally lowering the bar using the internet as an excuse (curiously you don’t hear about gaming as an excuse these days…) is what is partially causing them to fail more and more.

              FOX, as you pointed out is the extreme case where huge flops like New Girl or ‘Till Death have been renewed and renewed (IMO to feed the syndication arm something, anything…) resulting in audiences losing interest in the network (as happened to CW) and scripted TV in general.

        • Even worse than that is that I believe that Grinder’s performance is way below the performances of the NBC Friday comedies as well.

    • Totally agree with you on FOX.

      The Dick Wolf shows really only look good in comparison to the train wrecks littering the night, but I like Dick Wolf so good for him! 🙂

  6. Tuesday is really “The NCISs, The Chicagos and the Train Wrecks”.

    FOX in particular… What a train wreck! Managing to be beaten by CW (and who knows how many Latino and cable channels!!)

    And with two returning shows!!!

    I think Gary and Dana need to get a bonus just for that day!

    Special mention also to Agent Carter. Another self-inflicted disaster.

    I guess I am super-dumb not to understand that Agent Carter, New Girl, iZombie and Brooklyn 9-9 returning was caused by the internet and the new landscape the networks face and that those ridiculously bad ratings were unavoidable…