NBC Rises to Win Tuesday Prime as CBS Checks Out; ABC Gets No Help From Show’s Season Premiere

December 4, 2013  •  Post A Comment

NBC saw much of its prime-time programming post ratings increases Tuesday night, rolling to an easy win as CBS aired an all-repeat lineup and fell back to the pack, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

CBS did come out on top in total viewers, even with repeats of its Tuesday night drama lineup, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. Meanwhile, struggling ABC had reason to be disappointed by the numbers for the season premiere of "What Would You Do?"

NBC’s one-hour "The Voice" was by far the top show on broadcast prime, surging three-tenths of a ratings point from a week ago to a 3.3 average in viewers 18-49. NBC’s "Chicago Fire" also posted an improvement, rising two-tenths to a 2.3. "The Biggest Loser" came in with a 2.0, the same as last week.

CBS wound up second in adults 18-49 with repeats of "NCIS" (1.6 average), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (1.4) and "Person of Interest" (1.3).

Third-place Fox saw "Dads" deliver a 1.4 average in 18-49, up two-tenths from the series low the show turned in the previous week. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" ticked up one-tenth to a 1.6, while "The Mindy Project" dipped two-tenths to a 1.2. A "New Girl" repeat pulled a 0.9.

ABC unveiled its season premiere of "What Would You Do?" at 10 p.m. and wound up in third place for the hour with a 1.0 average in the 18-49 demo. The number was well off the pace of the 1.7 delivered by last year’s premiere, and down one-tenth from the 1.1 for the summer finale.

Elsewhere on ABC, "The Goldbergs" sank to a series low with a 1.4 average in adults 18-49, down three-tenths from its previous original, and "Trophy Wife" equaled its series low with a 1.1, slipping one-tenth from its previous original. A repeat of "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." delivered a 0.9.

For prime time overall, NBC came out on top in the 18-49 demo with a 2.6 average, followed by CBS (1.4 average), Fox (1.3), ABC (1.1), CW (1.1) and Univision (1.1). CBS led the way in total viewers with 10.1 million, ahead of NBC (9.0 million), ABC (3.6 million), Fox (2.9 million), Univision (2.8 million) and CW (2.4 million).

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