UPDATE 2:30 PM: As expected, NBC’s The Voice was adjusted up a tenth to a 4.1 in 18-49 and About A Boy was adjusted down a tenth to a 2.5. Also slipping down a tenth were NBC’s Growing Up Fisher (1.9) and ABC’s The Goldbergs (1.5), while NCIS (2.5) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.8) ticked up a tenth. Those are still season and series lows for the CBS and ABC dramas, respectively.
PREVIOUS 9:50 AM: Remember ABC’s ill fated miniseries The Assets, which was yanked after two episodes when it posted a dismal 0.6 rating in adults 18-49? Well, there is a new candidate for a quick dismissal in ABC’s midseason drama Mind Games, which also pulled in a 0.6 in its second airing, down a whopping 45% from its underwhelming premiere last week. It tied the second (and last) episode of The Assets and the last airing of another ABC midseason misfire, drama Killer Women, as the lowest rated original hourlong telecast on the Big 4 this season and likely ever. There was more bad news for ABC at 8 PM, where Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned from a month-long hiatus to a series low of 1.7 in 18-49, down 23% from its last original and down 19% from the series’ previous low. Freshman comedy Trophy Wife (0.8) at 9:30 PM also fell to a series low in its return, down 11%. The bright spot for ABC was The Goldbergs at 9 PM (1.6), which was even with its last original on February 4 and once again edged Fox’s New Girl (1.5).
Glee has become a leading candidate for the title of the lowest-rated series on the Big 4 to return next season. In its second airing back on Tuesday, the musical dramedy, which has a two-season pickup, logged a 1.0 in 18-49, down 17% from last week and its lowest rating for an original outside of the 0.9 it pulled on a Thanksgiving. Despite that, New Girl (1.5) was up 7% from last week, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.3) was even.
NBC’s The Voice (4.0) perked up 8% from last week. About A Boy (2.6) was solid in its first original outing in its regular time slot, up 18% from its preview during the Olympics and up 13% from the encore in the Tuesday 9 PM slot last week. It will likely be adjusted down because of a Voice overrun. At 9:30 PM, Growing Up Fisher (2.0) matched its Olympics preview and Tuesday encore. While this is an OK start, both comedies have a lot of work to do. In their first airings against original competition in the same slots with the very same Voice lead-in (4.0), then-new NBC comedies Go On and The New Normal posted similar results — 2.7 and 2.0. None of them made it to a second season.
CBS’ Tuesday drama lineup is showing signs of vulnerability with a second consecutive week of across-the-board lows. NCIS (2.4/7) was down -8% from last week’s season low to a new season low. NCIS: LA (2.1), which tied its series low last Tuesday, was down 9% to a new series low. And Person Of Interest (1.7) matched its series low fast national from last week (down 6% from the final).
NBC easily won the night in adults 18-49 (2.7, 9.8 million total viewers), while CBS (2.1, 14.2 million viewers) was the most watched network. Fox and ABC were way behind, tied with Univision for No.3 in 18-49 (1.2). Fox (2.7 million viewers) was actually edged by Univision (3.0 million) in total viewers, while ABC averaged 3.5 million. CW’s The Originals (0.8) was flat, Supernatural (0.9) was down a tenth.