With the NCAA Tournament over and the event programming of Passover and Easter now behind us, everything returned to normal on Tuesday night on the Big 4. All of which means that CBS was tops in viewers with an audience of 13.07 million and NCIS (2.1/7) was No. #1 in terms of overall viewership. With the return of Robert Wagner and heading into the final weeks of its 12th Season, the veteran procedural was the most watched show of the night with 16.53 million tuning in and second over among adults 18-49, behind The Voice (2.7/9).
Compared to its The Dovekeepers lead-in spot last week and Voice clip show competition, NCIS dipped 5% among the demo and slipped less than half of 1% in viewership. Still, in early numbers, NCIS matched a series low among adults 18-49. Freshman spinoff NCIS: New Orleans (1.6/5) and Person Of Interest (1.3/4) had the same ratings fate as both were down 11% and 13% from their last originals of March 24.
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The Voice saw a return visit from Sia as the secretive singer performed her “Electric Heart’ tune on the NBC series. With that added star power, the 2-hour playoff show was basically steady with its last real new show of March 24 with just a 4% drop. At present that’s a season low for the show but with The Voice commonly seeing adjustments in later ratings expect a possible change. Things were different in terms of early ratings gravity for lead-out Chicago Fire (2.0/6) as it planted some seeds for the future. With an airing of what is essentially the pilot for its Chicago Med spinoff, the series rose 25% from its last original of March 17. NBC won the night in the demo with a 2.8/8 rating.
Following a Flash (0.5/2) encore, last night’s iZombie (0.6/2) on The CW was even with its third week show of March 31. Over on Fox, Hell’s Kitchen (1.2/4) was also even with its March 31 show. The New Girl (0.9/3) was down 18% from last week’s series low. Lead-out Weird Loners (0.7/2) held on to its demo from last week’s soft premiere.
Tuesday’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.IE.L.D. was all about the big reveal as the second cycle of the super spy series heads towards its May 19 season finale on ABC. It paid off to some extent on a night when others dipped, the Marvel TV series bopped up 7% from last week to almost catch NCIS: NOLA in the demo in the 9 PM slot despite a Fresh Off The Boat repeat as a lead-in. An original Fresh Off The Boat (1.4/5) at 8 PM was steady too, with an 8% rise over its March 31 show. Ending the night at 10 PM, Forever (0.9/3) took an 18% tumble from last week to match a low in preliminary ratings.
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