Primetime Ratings: CBS Wins Lackluster Night

A tight Tuesday broadcast battle went to CBS at 1.6 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, along with a 5 share. NBC was runner up at 1.5/5, Fox was at 1.3/4, ABC at 0.8/3 and The CW at 0.4/1.

The broadcast ratings were generally ho-hum. CBS had NCIS at a flat 2.0, then NCIS: New Orleans down 6% at 1.7, and Limitless off 15% at 1.1.

On NBC, it was an encore recap of The Voice at 1.3, then Chicago Med at 1.5, down 17%, and Chicago Fire at 1.6, down 11%.

Fox had a 90-minute American Idol past highlights show that scored a 1.4, then Brooklyn Nine-Nine at 0.9, up 13%. American Idol concludes April 7.

On ABC, Fresh Off the Boat was off 8% at 1.1, and The Real O’Neals a flat 1.0, then Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a 0.9, down 10%, before Beyond the Tank weighed in at 0.5, down 17%.

The CW had a repeat of The Flash, then a new iZombie at 0.4, down 20%.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.