UPDATE PM: Person Of Interest (1.7 in 18-49) indeed rose a tenth in the finals, tying Chicago Fire for No.1 at 10 PM. The Flash also was adjusted up a tenth to hold steady with last week. Also getting upward adjustment of .1 were NCIS (2.6) and The Voice (2.9), while The Voice lead-out, new comedy Marry Me (1.5), slipped a tenth over a minute of Voice overrun to widen its Week 3 decline to 20%.
PREVIOUS AM: The baseball gods finally smiled on Fox this fall. Saddled with a World Series devoid of big market teams or marquee stars, the network at least saw the baseball contest go the distance, with Royals routing the Giants in Game 6 to force a Game 7. The extra game should help offset lower ratings and bring extra ad dollars to Fox. The World Series continues to be running below last year’s contest between Boston and St. Louis. In the time-adjusted metered markets, last night’s game (8.9 household rating) was down 28% from last year but that Game 6 was a clincher. With baseball, Fox is projected to win Tuesday night in adults 18-49.
The entire NBC lineup slipped from last Tuesday, which featured the opening game of the World Series. The Voice set the tone at 8 PM with a 2.8, down -10% from its fast national last week. Comedies Marry Me (1.6) and About A Boy (1.2) continued their slide in Week 3, down -11% and -14%, respectively, with the sophomore hitting another series low. While shaky in its retention of The Voice‘s lead-in, Marry Me has the makeup of its audience working for it, as it ranks as the top new series with upscale viewers. Chicago Fire (1.7) was down -11%.
With Person Of Interest (1.6) inching up a tenth from last week, the NBC firefighter drama barely edged the CBS crime procedural for the top spot at 10 PM. We’ll see if the margin of victory holds up in the finals. With its strong DVR pull, POI will likely come ahead in Live+7.
POI was not the only series to post gains against Game 6 of the World Series. CBS’ NCIS (2.5) was up a tenth. And ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.7) popped up two tenths (13%) with an episode debuting new character Mockingbird in her superhero attire. It was helped from a better lead-in at 8:30 PM (1.2) for The Great Halloween Fright Fight special (1.1 for the 8-9 hour) vs. the 0.7 for the cancelled Manhattan Love Story last Tuesday. S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s gains did not carry over to 10 PM. After perking up a tenth last Tuesday, new ABC drama Forever (1.1) slipped a tenth as the network continues to mull the series’ fate beyond the original 13-episode order.
Another freshman drama that inched up last week, NCIS: New Orleans (2.3) retreated last night. Fueled by the NCIS duo, CBS won the night in total viewers with an average of 14.2 million viewers.
The CW’s The Flash (1.3) and Supernatural (0.8) both slipped a tenth. The superhero freshman still topped ABC in the hour among adults 18-49.