A week after the midterm elections, Veterans Day saw primetime return to its regular schedule. On NBC it meant Chicago Fire (2.2/7) saw the start of a two-night crossover with fellow Dick Wolf-produced shows Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. Needless to say, the November sweep tactic paid off on Night 1, with Chicago Fire surging up 29% among adults 18-49 to hit its best demo result in nearly a month and a half and, with 9.1 million total viewers, its best audience since its Season 3 premiere on September 23. Overall, NBC won the night with a 2.7/8 rating while CBS topped viewership-wise with 13.76 million.
The night was not so good for CBS in the key demo with the network’s entire Tuesday schedule taking a fall. While NCIS (2.3/7) and newbie NCIS: New Orleans (2.0/6) were the most- and second-most-watched shows with 17.41 million and 14.88 million viewers, respectively, they were also down 12% and 13% from their last originals October 28. That’s a limbo low for the freshman in the NCIS franchise in preliminary ratings. Facing off against the Chicago Fire crossover in the 10 PM slot, NCIS: NOLA lead-out Person Of Interest (1.3/4) took a 24% dive from its last original two weeks ago to a fast nationals series low.
There was no dive or dip for MasterChef Junior (1.8/6) on Fox. Week 2 of the Gordon Ramsay show’s second season kept it all on a surprisingly steady boil by matching its premiere rating. Worth noting is that Season 2 kicked off against encores on NBC and CBS last week and faced originals last night. Adding spice to Fox’s decision to have the show on Tuesdays, MC Jr. was also pretty steady with overall viewers, dipping 6% from last week’s debut to 4.8 million. Unfortunately, after that fulfilling entrée, the rest of Fox’s menu fell with New Girl (1.3/4) down 19% from last week and The Mindy Project (1.0/3) falling 23%.
Head-to-head with that double dose of NCIS’, Night 2 of the live playoffs on NBC’s The Voice (2.9/9) saw all four coaches give a standing ovation to contestant Elyjuh Rene’s performance. The two-hour show was even with its last Tuesday original on October 28. Compared to Night 1 of the live playoffs on Monday, fast nationals have last night’s show dipping just over 9%. The Voice was the top-rated show of the night overall while NCIS was the top-rated drama.
Flat with last week, the now-cancelled Selfie (0.9/3) kicked off ABC’s night. Following a Modern Family repeat, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly suffered. A lack of an original lead-in factored into the spy show sliding 12% from its last new show October 28 to what is a series low right now in fast nationals. Forever (1.0/3) ended ABC’s night with a 9% slip from it last original two weeks ago.
Over on The CW, The Flash (1.4/4) debuted some new villains to try to thwart the Scarlett Speedster as the freshman from WBTV stayed even with its last new show of two weeks ago. Compared to its last original, lead-out Supernatural (0.9/3) ran a better race. Its 200th episode rose 13% over its October 28 show.