Tuesday TV Ratings 11/17/20: Big Sky Premiere Has Weak Retention from Dropping Bachelorette, NCIS Premieres with a Series Low (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: After seven months off the air, CBS's 'NCIS' (0.9) made its return to broadcast in disappointing fashion. The seasoned drama opened its 18th season with a new series low, a far cry from the robust 1.3 rating it garnered for its September 2019 premiere and April 2020 finale. Lead-out drama 'FBI' (0.8) came in significantly behind its lockdown-boosted March finale (1.2) but was essentially on-par with its 2019 start (0.9). At the end of the lineup, 'FBI: Most Wanted' (0.6) was down two-tenths from its January debut (0.8) but matched its May finale (0.6). On ABC, the series premiere of new drama 'Big Sky' (0.6) left much to be desired on a Nielsen basis. 'Sky' retained less than half of 'The Bachelorette' (1.3) audience and will likely only go down from here. 'Bachelorette' did manage to top the night but was down a sizable four-tenths from last week. NBC had a steady edition of 'The Voice' (1.1) but dramas 'This Is Us' (1.2) and 'Transplant' (0.4) each lost a tenth. Fox remained entirely uncompetitive with a stable 'Cosmos' (0.3) and declining drama 'Next' (0.2). The CW was steady with 'Swamp Thing' (0.1) and 'Tell Me a Story' (0.1).

Finals Update: The Bachelorette (+0.1), Big Sky (+0.1), FBI (+0.1) and NEXT (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMThe Bachelorette1.4/84.67ABC

The Voice1.1/77.54NBC

NCIS (P)0.9/510.35CBS

Cosmos: Possible Worlds0.3/21.45Fox

Swamp Thing0.1/10.66The CW
9 PMThis Is Us1.2/86.57NBC

FBI (P)0.9/58.21CBS


Tell Me a Story0.1/00.40The CW
10 PMFBI: Most Wanted (P)0.6/45.38CBS

Big Sky (Series Premiere)0.7/54.15ABC


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