Forty-Eight million+ viewers in the US watched broadcast television Tuesday evening and for each and every hour, CBS was the leader. It is something that is called a ‘cornerstone’, a place from which all is built and relied upon, for strength. At the heart of the CBS schedule is their leadoff program at 8P (ET) ‘NCIS’. This Tuesday, during the overnights, it drew 19.33 million viewers, likely to go way over 20 million in the +3 & +7 ratings. ‘NCIS-LA’ at 9P beat everyone else with 14.79 million viewers. And third year hit, ‘Person Of Interest’ finished the evening at 10P on top with 12.16 million viewers. Thus the phrase, ‘If its Tuesday, It Is CBS’.
NBC was no wallflower on Tuesday. The Peacock Network had two powerful programs to place second through the evening. ‘The Voice’ registered 14.20 million viewers at 8-10P while ‘Chicago Fire’, in its second year, battled with 8.999 million.
ABC has certainly challenged the pack at 8P & 9P with ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ drawing a respectable 8.4 million viewers while the new comedy, ‘The Goldbergs’ finished third with 6.16 million. As for the balance of the night, ‘Trophy Wife’ lost 2 million from its lead and finished with 4.28 million and ‘Lucky Seven’ dropped below ‘Mindy’ with only 2.81 million sets of eyeballs tuning in.
As for FOX, things are frankly looking difficult on Tuesdays. In this second week of the new season, it’s comedy lineup of ‘Dads’ finished a poor fourth with only 3.42 million viewers at 8P followed by ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ holding the audience with 3.42 million. ‘New Girl’ at 9P tried to raise the level, drawing a slightly better 3.89 million but then at 930P, ‘The Mindy Project’ crashed down to 2.96 million. Bye bye, Mindy.
As for The CW, ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival entered its second night and picked up audience to 1.09 million viewers.
For the record, CBS finished #1 in households with 15,429 million viewers an average equating to a 9.6 rating and 15 share; NBC was second with 12.470 million (7.6/12); ABC third with 5.488 million (3.4/6); FOX fourth with 3.424 million viewers and a 2.1/3; Univision fifth with 1.8/3; The CW was sixth with 1.09 million and a 0.7/1, while Telemundo finished seventh with 0.6/1 (It’s top program was at 10P, ‘Santa Diabla’).
CBS finished with an increase of some 300,000 viewers compared to last year’s second Tuesday of the season; NBC was up 1.6 million over last year; ABC was down 3.3 million for the evening compared to last season’s second Tuesday; FOX was down 500,000 viewers from last year; The CW was even with last year’s overnights.
NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ was #1 in late night with 2.9/8 barely beating CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ (2.7/7) and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (0.7/4). ABC’s ‘Nightline’, after ‘Kimmel’ finished slightly better with a 1.1/4 in metered market households. Later, ‘NBC Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ registered a 1.6/6 while ‘CBS’s ‘late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ did 1.3/5. at 0135, NBCC’s ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ did a respectable 1.0/4 with an encore.