Tuesday Ratings: The Muppets+FOTB Collapse; Chicago Fire Starts Respectable

Time
Show Name
Network
A 18-49 Rating
Last Week’s 18-49
8
NCIS
CBS
2.0
 2.1
The Flash
CW
1.3
 1.4
The Muppets
ABC
1.3
 1.7
Best Time Ever
NBC
1.1
 1.5*
Grandfathered
FOX
1.0
 1.2
8:30
NCIS
CBS
2.0
 2.2
Fresh Off the Boat
ABC
1.4
 1.8
The Flash
CW
1.3
 1.4
Best Time Ever
NBC
1.2
 1.2*
The Grinder
FOX
0.9
 1.0
9
The Voice
NBC
2.4
 2.3
NCIS: NO
CBS
1.5
 1.7
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
ABC
1.5
 1.7
Scream Queens
FOX
1.0
 1.2
iZombie
CW
0.5
 0.8
9:30
The Voice
NBC
2.6
 2.3
NCIS: NO
CBS
1.4
 1.7
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
ABC
1.3
 1.6
Scream Queens
FOX
0.9
 1.1
iZombie
CW
0.5
 0.7
10
Chicago Fire
NBC
1.8
 2.9 (LY)
Limitless
CBS
1.5
 1.8
Shark Tank (R)
ABC
0.7
 0.8**
10:30
Chicago Fire
NBC
1.8
 2.4 (LY)
Limitless
CBS
1.3
 1.7
Shark Tank (R)
ABC
0.7
 0.7**



11:35
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
NBC
1.0
 1.2
Jimmy Kimmel Live 
ABC
0.6
 0.5
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
CBS
0.6
 0.6
12:35
Late Night with Seth Meyers 
NBC
0.5
 0.6
Nightline
ABC
0.3
 0.2
Late Late Show with James Corden
CBS
0.3
 0.2

Primetime ratings, including half-hours, from ShowBuzzDaily. Late night ratings come from TVbytheNumbers and will be added soon.

*Half-hours for Best Time Ever in the Last Week's A18-49 column are for last week, when it aired at 10pm.
**Half-hours for Shark Tank (R) in the Last Week's A18-49 column are for last week's encore of Quantico.

I would like to think that the Democratic primary debate had something to do with the crumbling of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat (1.4), which is already seeing levels lower than much of what it did in the spring. However, lead-in The Muppets (1.3) has no excuse, as competition actually lessened for it with the move of Best Time Ever (1.2) to 8pm, as well as Grandfathered (1.0) which took another dip and The Flash (1.3). The fact that the highly-promoted Muppets and the CW-Flash managed to tie I think is more of a loss for ABC than a win for The CW. The only real competition in the 8pm hour was NCIS (2.0), which is holding on like a thread to the "never went below a 2.0 club".

Speaking of NCIS, NCIS: NO (1.5) saw yet another decline, and is proving itself to be very lead-in dependent. And Limitless (1.4) appear to have lost out on the fact that Chicago Fire (1.8) returned. It looks like this one may not be so much of a hit after all. Chicago Fire also managed to stay even in the half-hours, and had decent retention from The Voice (2.5).

Elsewhere, iZombie (0.5) continues to have poor retention, and really has no excuse. The CW should consider that going forward, and probably already is. The Grinder (0.9) managed to go fractional on just its third episode, and will probably be gone by spring. Hyped-up Scream Queens (1.0) continues to be a massive disappointment, but its 2.5 million viewers at least prove that it has the young demographic watching. And time slot competition Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (1.4) may be headed towards Scream Queens' numbers come spring. Overall a bad night for network television, and I don't expect it to get much better.

Jimmy Fallon (1.0) continues to prove that he is late-night king, beating both Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel by 40% (both of which got a 0.6). The typical poor retention came from the 12:30ish shows, but that is expected as more people retire for the night. Tuesday night, each "2nd hour late night" show had 50% retention from its lead-in, with Seth Meyers (0.5) beating the competition.

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