Two more comedy series, NBC’s freshman Marry Me and sophomore About A Boy, joined Tuesday to bring the total to six half-hours on the night. Only the NBC pair has a meaningful lead-in, so, not surprisingly, Marry Me and About A Boy‘s ratings equaled those of the other four comedies combined.
New romantic comedy Marry Me opened with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 behind The Voice (3.3, down 15% from Monday’s first battle round). That was below the first two airings of About A Boy in the Tuesday 9 PM slot last spring (an encore of the pilot, which premiered after the Olympics, drew a 2.4 and Episode 2 posted a 2.4). Both those episodes had a higher-rated Voice as a lead-in, so the Marry Me debut can be considered solid. Sliding to 9:30 PM, About A Boy opened its second season with a 1.8, down from its start at 9 PM last fall and a tad below the first regular airing of the now defunct Growing Up Fisher in the 9:30 PM slot (2.0 in the fast nationals, 1.9 in the finals; About A Boy also has a chance of adjusting down later today). At 10 PM, Chicago Fire (2.0) was down a tenth from last week.
The Flash, which just set a new record for most watched CW premiere, is showing staying power. Its second episode drew a 1.6 in 18-49, down a modest 11% from the fast national for its debut. It topped ABC’s 8 PM comedies and tied Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.D. Supernatural (1.0) was down -9% from its season premiere.
Not much to say about ABC’s wilting new comedies, which never had a chance with their scheduling as self-starters — Selfie (1.0) was down a tenth from last week, and Manhattan Love Story (0.9) was even. Also on par with its fast national last week was S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.6). After showing promise early on, new drama Forever (1.1) is starting to fade just as backup order decisions are being made, down -15% from last week.
Fox’s returning comedies didn’t do much better than ABC’s newbies. Also without a lead-in, with animation repeats at 8 PM pulling in as paltry ratings as yanked Utopia did, New Girl logged a 1.2 at 9 PM and The Mindy Project posted a 1.0, though both comedies get healthy DVR boosts.
CBS’ dramas declined in unison, each off by a tenth from last week: NCIS (2.5), NCIS: New Orleans (2.2) and Person Of Interest (1.5). The two NCIS series (17. 1 million, 15.9 million, respectively) still towered over the competition in total viewers, leading CBS to a nightly win (14.2 million). NBC was tops in 18-49 (2.4).