CBS won Tuesday's ratings race behind original episodes of "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" as well as its annual "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," which was the night's top program among young adults. It was slow going, meanwhile, for ABC's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," which hit a low after showing some progress in recent weeks.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, "NCIS" averaged a 2.8 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 18.8 million viewers overall to win its 8 o'clock hour across the board while standing as Tuesday's most-watched program overall. It matched its season low in 18-49, as did "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.4/6 in 18-49, 14.7 million viewers overall), which ran second for its hour in demos and first in total viewers.
NBC finished second to CBS on the night, with each of its shows -- "The Biggest Loser" (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), "The Voice" (3.1/8 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) and "Chicago Fire" (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) -- down a bit in the demo from last week when the lineup faced repeats of key shows on the competition. "Voice" was Tuesday's No. 1 series in 18-49, while "Chicago Fire," which did not face CBS' "Person of Interest" for the first time this fall, hit a series high in total viewers.
At ABC, "Agents of SHIELD" (2.0/6 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) was down 23% in 18-49 from its most recent episode (2.6), which had stood as the show's top delivery since Oct. 22, and 9% below its previous low (a 2.2 on Nov. 12). In another not so good sign for the show, it dropped off from its first half-hour to its second in most categories.
The net will keep a close eye on DVR playback, where its Nov. 18 episode finished slightly ahead of timeslot competitor "NCIS" in 18-49 (4.0 to 3.9) after trailing in the same-night numbers (2.4 vs. 3.0).
Despite the "SHIELD" downturn, 9 p.m. comedy "The Goldbergs" (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) again showed some spunk, matching its top score in eight weeks and performing 42% better than "Happy Endings" in the timeslot a year ago (1.2); again, it seemed to benefit from not having to face Fox comedy "New Girl." "Trophy Wife" (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) was in line with its most recent original and 20%% ahead of last year's "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23" (1.0). Closing things out for ABC, "What Would You Do?" (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week.
Fox aired the two-hour "American Country Awards" (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), which was in line with the show's deliveries of last year.
CW had a quiet night with repeats of "iHeart Radio Album Release Party" specials featuring Katy Perry at 8 p.m. (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall) and Lady Gaga at 9 p.m. (0.2/0 in 18-49, 0.4 million viewers overall).
Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.8/8; NBC, 2.4/7; ABC and Fox, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.5/1; CW, 0.2/1.
In total viewers: CBS, 14.4 million; NBC, 8.9 million; Fox, 5.1 million; ABC, 4.4 million; Univision, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 0.6 million.
'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show' Hot, 'Agents of SHIELD' Not Tuesday
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