In a field of repeats, NBC’s The Voice (2.1 demo rating, 10.8 million viewers) easily dominated Tuesday’s primetime in overall audience and the key demographic.
After which, NBC’s Rise (1.1, 5.53M), while fumbling a chunk of that lead-in, stayed steady demo-wise in its regular-slot premiere, and climbed week to week in total viewers – a Big 4 first this season for a new series’ second broadcast.
ABC comedy originals also enjoyed their rerun competition. The Middle (1.3, 5.79M) scored nine-week bests, the season wrapper of Fresh Off the Boat (1.0, 3.64M) snagged a nine-week slot best in the demo, and Black-ish (1.1, 389M) bagged the biggest improvement of the comedy crop.
But Modern Family’s 9:30 PM repeat (0.8, 3.06M) did no favors for Week 2 of ABC’s 10 PM drama For the People (0.6, 273M), which slid 25% in the demo. NBC’s Chicago Med (1.2, 6.9M) remains undefeated in the hour when in originals this season among Big 4 competition, finishing at, or tied, for No. 1 in 12 of 12 first-run telecasts.
Fox contributed rerun Lethal Weapon (0.5, 2.27M) at 8, and comedies L.A. to Vegas (0.6, 2.18M) and The Mick (0.7, 2.05M) at 9 PM, in Live + Same Day Nielsen stats.
Meanwhile, CW’s rookie superhero series Black Lighting (0.5, 1.54M) showed strength, hanging on to the 0.5 demo rating of its previous four originals, despite this week’s The Flash (0.3, 997K) repeat lead-in.
NBC (1.5, 7.71M) took primetime, including its 2oth consecutive Tuesday win in 18-49s among Big 4 networks. ABC (0.9, 3.64M) was No. 2 in the demo, and CBS (0.7, 7.0M) was second in overall audience. Fox (0.6, 2.19M) and the CW (0.4, 1.27M) followed.