If it’s Tuesday, it’s CBSday. The power of CBS on Tuesday is unmatched. First, the most popular drama on television kicks off the night on The Tiffany Network. ‘N.C.I.S.’ dominates at 8P, as it does for the entire Tuesday and most non-football days throughout the year. On Sunday, in age old reruns on USA, it was the #2 program on cable. On Tuesday it drew 19.72 million viewers, foot for a 12.3 rating and an amazing 19 share of available audience. And it wasn’t even a great episode. Tim is going through some inner twists and turns that is affecting everyone on the staff. In one of the most uncomfortable scenes ever, there was stoic Gibbs sitting silent next to Tim who is always silent. In comparison, at 9P, ‘NCIS: LA’ was dynamite. Drawing 15.87 million viewers with and a 10.0 rating and 15 share, it has finally found its own footing and has surpassed it parent (‘NCIS’) and its grandparent (‘JAG’) as it can now stand alone and succeed. Tuesdays episode proved it in spades. And in doing so, may have found a great new addition who just became an American citizen on the show. Exciting on both ends of the world and riveting. Superb episode that is must see on demand. At 10P, ‘Person Of Interest’ drawing 12.54 million viewers and an 8.2 rating and 14 share excelled with one of the most exciting episodes in its entire series. Marvelous storytelling, Jim Caviezel is a master at understated power. He is a star. And an episode without him front and center is just not the same. Plus, Sarah Shahi is astonishing as the female co-star. Always loved her in ‘Fairly Legal’. Even more so in ‘POI’. Another must see on demand.
NBC led off the evening at 8P with ‘The Biggest Loser’ and drew 5.56 million viewers good for #3 in its time slot. At 10P, ‘Chicago Fire’ drew 6.76 million, good for #2 in its time slot which pulled The Peacock Network up to #2 on the evening.
ABC at 8P had ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and drew 6.37 million which pushed the Alphabet Network to #3 in this time slot, a great distance (some 13 million) behind #1 ‘NCIS’. At 9P, ‘The Goldbergs’ drew 4.89 million viewers and at 930P, ‘Trophy Wife’ drew 3.46 million. At 10P, ‘Killer Women’ drew 3.51 million holding nearly all of its lead in audience. This show may or may not be good but what leads into it is not. Both 9P & 930P programs lose the opening audience of ‘Marvels Agents’ at 8P. What can one expect from the 10P slot.
FOX is simply in trouble on this evening. No one really cares about the comedy filled night on FOX. At 8P, ‘Dads’ had 3.2 million folks watch while at 830P, new Golden Globe double winner ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ drew 3.35 million, a high for The Animal Network of Broadcast for the evening. At 9P, ‘New Girl’ had 3.24 million viewers while at 930P, ‘The Mindy Project’ drew 2.47 million. Yikes!
Univision at 8P tied for fifth with a 1.0 rating for “Por Siempre Mi Amor, but at 9P, “Lo Que La Vida Me Robo,” tied for #3 in the time slot with a 1.4 rating.
Late night had ‘Jay Leno’ eating out a victory with a 2.7/7 over ‘David Letterman’ who drew a 2.6/7. ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ had a 1.7/4. At 1235A, ‘Jimmy Fallon’ drew 1.5/5 while ‘Craig Ferguson’ had a 1.2/4. ‘Nightline’ had a 1.0/3. AT 135A, ‘Carson Daly’ drew a 0.9/4.
The CW at 8P had ‘The Originals’ and drew a strong 1.98 million viewers. At 9P, ‘Supernatural’ drew 2.26 million. Note, it almost beat the FOX entry at 930P.
For the record, CBS was by and far #1 with 15.92 million viewers and a 10.1 household rating and a remarkable 16 share of available audience. On a weekday. In the middle of the week. Just Astonishing. NBC was #2 with 5.876 million viewers and a 3.8/6. ABC was #3 with 4.638 million viewers and a 3.0/6. FOX finished with 3.129 million viewers and a 2.4/4. Univision drew 2.75 million and a 1.5/2. The CW drew 2.12 million viewers and a 1.4/2. Telemundo drew 1.4 million viewers.
Of Note: On cable, “When Calls the Heart,” the second original scripted drama from Hallmark Channel, opened with 3.6 million viewers in total (including two repeat telecasts) on Saturday.
CABLE RATINGS FOR LAST WEEK: (in millions on average, Total P2+)
ESPN: 4.19 million, USA: 2.33 million, History: 2.16 million, Disney Channel: 2.03 million, TNT: 1.88, TBS: 1.82, FX: 1.75, Discovery and Fox News Channel: 1.67 each, Nick at Nite: 1.54
On CBS, Nine-time Emmy Award winner “The Amazing Race,” featuring 11 returning fan favorite teams, premieres Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 8P. Phil Keoghan hosts. The 28th edition of “Survivor,” which will feature three distinct tribes (brawn, brains and beauty), will kick-off with a two-hour installment on Wednesday, Feb. 26th from 8-10P. This marks the first two-hour launch since “Heroes vs. Villains” on Feb. 11, 2010. Jeff Probst hosts.
CBS announced that it had renewed their entire daytime lineup.
CBS’ “The Good Wife” was the most-watched television series on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the fourth quarter.
Across The Pond:
BBC One at 9P brought ‘Death in Paradise’ in its third season premiere and it scored its highest-ever ratings as 7.13 million viewers tuned in, good for 29.7% share of the available audience. It was an increase of season two’s debut.
On BBC Two at 8P, ‘The Great Sport Relief Bake Off’ grabbed 4.39 million (18.7%) while at 9P, ‘Wild Brazil’ drew 1.93 million (8.1%). At 10P, Vic and Bob’s new sitcom ‘House of Fools’ was watched by 1.27 million (6.8%).
ITV at 8P had ‘Weight Loss Ward’ as 2.19 million (9.4%) watched. At 9P, Paul O’Grady’s ‘Animal Orphans’ had a respectable 3.05 million viewers (12.8%).
Channel 4 at 8P, ‘Location, Location, Location’ drew 1.85 million (7.9%). At 9P,
The Taste’ dropped to just 800,000 viewers (3.6%), while ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA’ bumped it up a bit with 926,000 viewers (5.5%) watching the yelling master.
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun’ but it drew only 996,000 (4.3%). AT 9P, ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ grabbed 2.28 million viewers (9.5%) and at 10P, ‘Autopsy: Whitney Houston’s Final Hours’ interested 1.72 million (10.1%).
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