It is amazing. Even with old, rerun programs, CBS still wins the eyeballs on Tuesday evening. Imagine any other network trying that and winning. At 8P, as usual, ‘NCIS’ won with a retread episode about Gibbs father and his buddy’s feud (guest star Billy Dee Williams) pulled in 12.37 million viewers while at 9P, an old ‘NCIS:LA’ featured a training death and a lesson to the team that they are a team and drew 9,54 million. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Person Of Interest’, the beginning episode where Sarah Shahi was introduced to the series, had 8.47 million viewers.
NBC began the evening with ‘The Biggest Loser’ and scored 6.72 million viewers at 8P. Then at 9P, ‘The Voice’ pulled in 11.89 million. At 10P, ‘Chicago Fire’ pulled in 8.25 million.
Over on ABC, ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ with a rerun drew 3.62 million at 8P. Then at 9P, ‘The Goldbergs’ drew 4.52 million viewers. At 930P, ‘Trophy Wife’ could only draw 3.49 million while at 10P, the premier of ‘What Would You Do?’ brought in 3.25 million. It was not a good night for The Alphabet Network.
On FOX, at 8P, ‘Dads’ led off with 3.34 million while at 830P, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ had 3.67 million viewers. At 9P, ‘New Girl’ in a rerun had 2.06 million while at 930P, ‘The Mindy Project’ with an original episode could only draw 2.36 million viewers.
The CW, on the other hand, had a terrific night with ‘The Originals’ drawing 2.44 million. At 9P, ‘Supernatural’ kept the audience with 2.45 million. The Little Network That Could did!
For the record, CBS was #1 with 10.11 million viewers and a 6.6 rating and an 11 share. NBC was #2 with 8.95 million viewers and a 5.6/9. ABC pulled in 3.575 million viewers and a 2.4/4 while FOX pulled in 2.858 million for a 1.8/3. Univision drew 2.8 million and a 1.5/2 while The CW had 2.445 million viewers also had a 1.5/2 and Telemundo drew 1.5 million and a 9.8/2.
ACROSS THE POND:
‘Ripper Street’, after drawing less than stellar numbers was cancelled against the might of reality show, ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’. The BBC period drama set in the heart of Jack The Ripper period, could not stand up to the more popular reality show. As one writer, Julia Raeside, for The Guardian put it, “The idea of something so beautifully made being crushed by a celebrity reality show is like a flamethrower melting a snowflake. Ratings may be everything nowadays, even to the BBC, but the price of that silly battle to get more people watching during peak hours will be the annihilation of one quality drama after another, trampled by the clodhoppers of reality TV. It’s such a shame.”