The Wednesday sampling last week helped. New ABC comedy Fresh Off The Boat had a respectable opening in the challenging Tuesday 8 PM slot with a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers. A second episode at 8:30 PM built up a bit in the demo, to a 1.8 (5.8 million viewers). Of course that was down from the series’ premiere in the hammock Wednesday 8:30 PM slot between The Middle and Modern Family (-32% in 18-49), but it out-rated the series openers in the hour of ABC’s fall comedy entries Selfie (1.4, 4.9 million) and Manhattan Love Story (1.3, 4.2 million).
Fresh Off The Boat also was the top-rated Live+Same Day program of the all-freshman ABC Wednesday lineup in the demo. It gave a lead-in boost to drama Marvel’s Agent Carter (1.4, up +8% from last week). At 10 PM, Forever (1.1) was up +22%. The dramas, especially Agent Carter, will likely gain ground in DVR viewing.
Fresh Off The Boat also was the highest-rated comedy telecast on TV last night. It topped NBC’s Parks And Recreation (1.0 at 8 PM and 8:30 PM, down -17% and -23%, respectively, from last week’s episodes and tying a low), Marry Me (0.8, even) and About A Boy (0.8, down -11%, tying a low). Fresh Off The Boat also was higher than Fox’s New Girl (1.3, down -7%) and The Mindy Project (1.0, even).
The remaining programs on Fox and NBC, Masterchef Junior and Chicago Fire, logged matching ratings, a 1.4 in 18-49, and matching week-to-week declines, -13%. Chicago Fire equaled a L+SD series low.
With no Voice on NBC, CBS’ all-drama lineup easily won the night in 18-49 (2.2) and total viewers (14.6 million). Flagship NCIS (2.8) was up +8% from last week, NCIS: New Orleans (2.2) was even, Person Of Interest (1.5) was up +7%.
It was again a draw between DC and Marvel last night as the CW’s The Flash (1.4, up +8%) matched the L+SD demo delivery of ABC’s Agent Carter. Supernatural (0.8) was flat.