It was back to the future for the debut of the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation (1.5/5). Picking up right where the Season 6 finale ended in 2017, the Amy Poehler-led series began its trek towards the February 24 finale. Moved to Tuesdays this year from its Thursday perch of last season, the future looks good for the NBC comedy. Not only was Parks and Rec up 15% among adults 18-49 from its Season 6 opener on September 26 last year, but it is even with its perhaps more comparable January 9, 2014 winter return.
In fact, though fourth in its time slot, last night’s fast nationals result was the best P&R has done since May 2, 2013 when it had The Office as a lead-in. Also, a second P&R at 8:30 PM last night was even with the first. Additionally, because you love the math, the sometimes struggling series was also up an impressive 50% from its April 24 S6 finale of last year, where it faced off against the crushing power of The Big Bang Theory, and 2017 looks to be a good start to 2015 for the Greg Daniels and Michael Schur created P&R.
The rest of NBC’s primetime comedies was more of a roller coaster with Marry Me (0.7/2) and About A Boy (0.9/2) up and down 13% respectively. There was, however, no uptick for Chicago Fire (1.5/5). The Dick Wolf produced show was down 12% from last week to low in fast nationals.
Over on ABC, the second week of the 8-epsode run of Marvel’s Agent Carter (1.5/4) saw more 1940s action and a tragic loss at the SSR. The show also saw a drop of 21% among the demo. To put that in context, it’s nowhere near the 30% drop that Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw from its debut on September 23, 2013 to its second week. However, matching the most recent season low of other Marvel TV series, MAC’s week 2 fall is more than the 14% downturn that S.H.I.E.L.D. had from its Season 2 opener last September 23 to its September 30 airing.
Unlike last week’s reasonable 2-hour premiere, the Hayley Atwell starring series had the benefit of a special Shark Tank (1.8/6) lead-in last night. On a much more competitive Monday, the entrepreneurial reality series dipped just 5% from its January 9 airing. Ending the night for ABC, freshman Forever (1.0/3) slipped 9% to hit a low in preliminary ratings.
With a 2.2/7 rating and 15.25 million viewers, CBS easily won the night but its dramas didn’t actually see much movement upward from last Monday. Still, while even with last week’s second best demo result of the season so far, NCIS (2.8/9) was the highest rated and most watched (19.62 million) show of the night. Facing off against Agent Carter, at 9 PM, NCIS: New Orleans (2.2/6) was down 12% from last week while Person Of Interest (1.6/5) at 10 PM slipped 6%. Still, the network probably can’t help but be pleased that it had more people watching last night than ABC, NBC and Fox pit together.
Over on Fox, movement was fairly minimal too for the most part with MasterChef Junior (1.7/5) losing a mere 5% from its January 6 show and comedy New Girl (1.4/4) down 6%. On the other hand, The Mindy Project (1.1/3) had a 10% rise from last week.
The CW was all The Flash (0.4/1) and Arrow (0.3/1) encores last night.