As another round of primary wins for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton played out on cable news, it was night of ratings rises across most of the Big 4 and the CW on Tuesday with The Voice (1.9/7) leading primetime. Facing a NCIS (1.2/4) encore this week, the singing competition series bopped up 6% among adults 18-49 from its April 19 show. Helping NBC to win Tuesday with a 1.8/6 rating and 9.05 million viewers, The Voice also was steady viewership-wise with a small 1.4% uptick to 9.93 million.
There was bigger demo growth for NBC with Chicago Med (1.8/6), which was up 13% to be the second-highest-rated show of the night. Lead-out Chicago Fire (1.7/6) was even with its April 19 offering. Another 10 PM show also was even with last week as CBS’ Limitless (1.1/4) wrapped up its first season with the second part of its two-part finale. Something to consider as we await whether Limitless will be back or not, the series based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper pic actually has pulled in the same demo result for four of its past five episodes, sometimes following NCIS: New Orleans originals and sometimes encores, like last night.
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In remembrance to the death of Prince last week, at 9:30 PM (0.7/2), Fox replayed the New Girl episode the Purple One appeared on back in 2014. It was a good play on a few levels as the repeat actually topped last week’s The Grinder original in the slot by 17% among the 18-49s. Then again, Fox’s night was looking pretty good to begin with as a new New Girl at 8 PM (1.0/4) was up 25% over last week’s double dose. The bloom went off the programming rose by the same percentage soon afterward as new Grandfathered (0.6/2) at 8:30 PM dropped 25% from its last original of March 8. Another new New Girl (0.8/3) at 9 PM declined a tenth from last week’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine season finale in the same slot.
After a just OK debut last week, the CW’s Containment (0.6/2) spread another 20% in the key demo last night. The rare second-week upward movement surely was aided by a sped-up and dramatic The Flash (1.3/5). Closing in on the last shows of its second season, the WBTV series picked up the pace 8% from its April 19 show to be the No. 2 program in its 8 PM slot.
Back for the first time in three weeks, Fresh Off the Boat (1.3/5) was up 18% over its April 5 show. Lead-out The Real O’Neals (1.0/3) had an even better result with a 25% rise over last week for the ABC newbie. Double digits hit again with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.0/3) as the superspy series went up 11% in the demo. Unfortunately, ABC’s night did not end on such a rising note as Shark Tank spinoff Beyond the Tank (0.5/2) continued its struggling run and remained even with its April 19 show.
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