Signature Shows on NBC and Fox Sink to Historic Ratings Lows

Apr 30, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Two of the broadcast networks' signature prime-time shows — one on NBC and one on Fox — fell to all-time ratings lows Tuesday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that both NBC's "The Voice" and Fox's "Glee" hit series lows. "The Voice" was off 4% from a week ago with a 2.7 average rating in viewers 18-49, while "Glee" dipped 11% to a 0.8. Even with the erosion, "The Voice" was the top show of the night on broadcast prime as NBC finished a competitive second overall behind CBS.

NBC endured a night of lows for a couple of other shows too: "About a Boy" fell 11% from last week to match its series low with a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo, while "Growing Up Fisher" remained at a series-low 1.5, equaling last week's number. "Chicago Fire" defied the trend, rising 6% from its most recent original installment to a 1.7.

CBS got a solid performance out of its drama lineup to pull off a narrow win in the key demo and a dominant win in total viewers. "NCIS" rose 14% from its most recent episode to a 2.5 average in 18-49, "NCIS: Los Angeles" held steady with a 2.1 and "Person of Interest" ticked up 6% to a 1.9.

The CBS dramas were also the night's top three shows in total viewers, with 16.98 million for "NCIS," 14.78 million for "NCIS: LA" and 11.20 million for "Person of Interest." Next on the list was NBC's "The Voice" with 10.81 million.

ABC had mixed results, as "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" equaled last week's 1.9 average in adults 18-49, "The Goldbergs" rose 14% from its most recent episode to a 1.6, "Trophy Wife" climbed 13% to a 0.9 and "Celebrity Wife Swap" lost one-tenth of a point to settle for a 0.8.

Along with "Glee's" low mark, Fox saw "New Girl" dip 17% from its most recent original installment to a series-low 0.8 average in 18-49. "The Mindy Project," however, ticked up 10% to a 1.1.

For prime time overall, CBS topped the list with a 2.2 average in the 18-49 demo, followed by NBC (2.0 average), ABC (1.3), Univision (1.2) and Fox (1.0). CBS dominated total viewers, averaging 14.3 million to lead NBC (8.0 million), ABC (4.0 million), Univision (2.9 million) and Fox (2.3 million).


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