New NBC Series Off to a Good Start

Oct 15, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A new NBC show premiered to solid ratings Tuesday night as the network claimed a prime-time ratings win, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the Peacock’s new comedy “Marry Me” delivered a 2.3 average rating in viewers 18-49 leading out from “The Voice,” which had a 3.3 average and was the highest-rated show of the night on broadcast prime. “The Voice” was down 20% from its most recent Tuesday original, and off 18% from Monday’s installment.

NBC’s season premiere of “About a Boy” led out from “Marry Me” with a 1.8 average in 18-49, down 28% from the first Tuesday night original last year. “Chicago Fire” slipped 5% from last week to a 2.0.

Second-place CBS saw its Tuesday night drama lineup lose a little ground, as “NCIS” dipped 4% from last week to a 2.5 average in the 18-49 demo, “NCIS: New Orleans” fell 4% to a 2.2 and “Person of Interest” was off 6%, notching a series-low 1.5.

CW continued to mix it up with some of the big four broadcast nets, winding up ahead of both ABC and Fox while also beating Univision. CW was paced by “The Flash,” which fell back 16% from last week’s series premiere to a 1.6 average in 18-49, while “Supernatural” was off 9% from the season premiere with a 1.0.

ABC’s lineup was mostly down, with “Selfie” falling 17% from a week ago to a 1.0 in adults 18-49, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” drifting down 6% to a series-low 1.6 and “Forever” off 14% with a 1.1. “Manhattan Love Story” held its own, matching last week’s 0.9 average.

Fox aired a mix of repeats and originals and failed to break into single digits for prime time overall. A fresh installment of “New Girl” slipped 14% from last week in the 18-49 demo to a 1.2 average, while a new “Mindy Project” held steady with a 1.0.

For prime time overall, NBC’s 2.4 average led the way in viewers 18-49, followed by CBS (2.1 average), CW (1.3), ABC (1.2), Univision (1.1) and Fox (0.9). CBS rolled to a big win in total viewers with 14.2 million, ahead of NBC (8.7 million), ABC (4.2 million), CW (3.2 million), Univision (3.0 million) and Fox (2.0 million).

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