Was it the pre-holiday distractions last Tuesday, the atypical competition from the Dancing With The Stars finale or the fact that CBS’s Tuesday drama lineup was in repeats this week, but all originals did well last night, up or on par with their most recent airings.
All eyes were on the CW’s breakout The Flash, which kicked off a two-night crossover event with the series that helped launch it, Arrow. The freshman couldn’t reach the record heights of its debut but did solid business last night. The well-reviewed episode drew a 1.5 in adults 18-49, up +7% (.1) from last week. The bump was bigger in total viewers (+22% to 4.22 million) and adults 18-34 (+18%, 1.3). It was The Flash‘s largest Live+same day audience and tied as the top 18-49 rating since Week 2. Veteran Supernatural (0.9) held steady.
ABC’s Tuesday dramas got a lift from a stronger (but one-time) lead-in from holiday specials Toy Story That Time Forgot (1.9) and A Charlie Brown Christmas (2.1), which dramatically improved the network’s 8 PM slot, posting season highs. Still, Toy Story That Time Forgot did modest business by franchise standards in its debut — the previous Toy Story holiday special, last year’s Toy Story Of Terror!, opened with a 3.1. The CGI program was edged by the hand-drawn Charlie Brown Christmas, which is preparing to leave the 18-49 demo as it will turn 50 on January 1. Marvel’s Agents If S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.8) was up +13% from its most recent original two weeks ago, to log its best result since the season premiere, Forever (1.2) was up +20% to match a nine-week high.
Two competition series, NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s MasterChef Jr, picked up momentum as they head to the homestretch. The Voice (2.6) rebounded from the dip last Tuesday, up +13% from last week. The gains carried over to lead-out Marry Me (1.4, up +27%) and About A Boy (1.1, up +10%), while Chicago Fire (1.6) was even with last week, tying a season low. NBC barely fended off ABC’s ratings charge, edging the alphabet network 1.8 vs. 1.7 in 18-49 for the No.1 spot on the night. CBS (9,7 million) was tops in total viewers with all reruns.
MasterChef Junior (1.6) was up +7% from last week, New Girl (1.4) ticked up a tenth (+8%) while The Mindy Project (1.1) was steady.