ABC Series Returns to Grim Ratings News; CBS Drama Lineup Hits Bottom

Mar 5, 2014  •  Post A Comment

An ABC drama series returned from hiatus to its lowest ratings ever Tuesday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, while CBS’s drama lineup also sank.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that ABC’s "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." registered a preliminary 1.7 average rating, down 23% from the show’s most recent original installment and an all-time low for the series.

The low number for "Marvel’s" was part of a grim ratings night for ABC, although the network finished in a tie with Univision and Fox for third place in viewers 18-49 for prime time overall. "Trophy Wife" also sank to a series low with a 0.8 average in the demo, off 11% from its most recent episode. And "Mind Games" fell a troubling 45% from its premiere a week ago, tumbling all the way to a 0.6 average.

ABC’s "The Goldbergs" scored a victory of sorts on a night of low points by holding steady with its most recent fresh installment, delivering a 1.6 average in 18-49.

CBS also had a rough night in the ratings, as its three drama series all found themselves at season lows or series lows in the key 18-49 demo, even as the network easily won the night in total viewers. "NCIS" hit a season low in 18-49, falling 8% from last week to a 2.4; "NCIS: Los Angeles" dipped to an all-time low with a 2.1, off 9%; and "Person of Interest" also fell to a series low, a 1.7, down 6%.

NBC, meanwhile, won broadcast prime time for the second consecutive night, mainly on the strength of "The Voice." The singing competition climbed 8% from a week ago in the 18-49 demo to come in as easily the top show of the night on broadcast with a 4.0 average in adults 18-49.

The rest of NBC prime was also mostly up, as "Chicago Fire" rose 6% from its season low a week ago to record a 1.9 average in 18-49, while "About a Boy" climbed 13% to a 2.6. "Growing Up Fisher" came through with another 2.0, matching the number for the re-airing of the pilot a week ago.

Fox had mixed results, as "Glee" fell 17% from last week to a 1.0 average in 18-49, "New Girl" rose 7% to a 1.5 and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" came in with another 1.3, the same as last week.

For prime time overall, NBC’s 2.7 average was good enough to lead the 18-49 demo, followed by CBS (2.1 average), then Fox, Univision and ABC (all with 1.2 averages). CBS took the win in total viewers, averaging 14.2 million to lead NBC (9.8 million), ABC (3.5 million), Univision (3.0 million) and Fox (2.7 million).

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