There was some Elton, some Bieber, some Adele — of course — and a whole new segment with Jennifer Lopez last night on CBS’ The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (0.9/2) at 10 PM. While not a top 5 18-49 performer Tuesday night and second place in its time slot, the greatest-hits version of the virally explosive mobile segment from James Corden’s late-night show was all about exposure, and on that level it was a success for an otherwise encore-heavy CBS.
Here is a clip of Corden and Lopez from last night:
As CBS Studios, Corden and Fulwell 73 shop a potential series based on the sing-along skit, Tuesday’s special scored 4.26 million viewers. That’s the second-highest viewership any Late Late Show or spinoff has had since the show debuted in 1995. Only the Late Late Show that came after a record-breaking post-Super Bowl 5o The Late Show With Stephen Colbert performed better, with a total viewership of 4.93 million. Compared to the Limitless that ran in the slot last week, the karaoke special was down 36% in viewership and 31% among the key demo.
Down was not the term for The Flash (1.3/5) last night as the CW hero came off a well-watched crossover with CBS’ Supergirl on Monday. While not quite the jump that Supergirl saw among the 18-49s the night before, Flash saw an 18% rise over its March 22 episode. The WBTV series was also up 11% in total viewers to 3.32 million. Still, iZombie (0.5/2) didn’t see any change from last week, with an even demo result.
The big winner of the night was NBC, with the return of Chicago Med (1.8/6) and Chicago Fire (1.8/6) back strong after a month break. The 9 PM Dick Wolf series was up 20% in the demo from its last original of February 23, while the 10 PM slot winner rose 13%. The Voice (2.3/8) dipped 8% from last week but was still easily the top-rated show of Tuesday’s primetime and the most watched with 10.82 million. That topped the 10.32 million pulled in by an NCIS (1.2/4) repeat.
Overall, NBC was the highest-rated and most-watched net of the night with a 2.0/7 rating and total audience of 9.39 million.
With repeats of Grandfathered (0.5/2) and The Grinder (0.4/1) mixed in, Fox’s only originals of the night were New Girl (0.9/3) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.8/3). The former slipped a tenth from its March 22 episode to hit a season low in early numbers, while the latter was even with its previous new offering March 15.
ABC’s night was pretty steady, all things considered, with Fresh Off The Boat (1.2/5), newbie The Real O’Neals (1.0/4) and Beyond the Tank (0.6/2) all the same as last week. At 9 PM, facing a repeat of NCIS: New Orleans (1.2/4), Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.0/3) rose 11% in the demo from the season low of its March 22 episode.
And remember, Empire is back tonight from its Season 2 break …