TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Opens Strong, 'The Voice' Down from Premiere, 'Dads' Declines + 'Lucky 7' Flops

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September 25th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.0/11 2.9/8 2.9/8 1.7/5 1.2/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.1/10 1.7/6 2.2/7 1.8/6 1.1/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 12.509 15.979 8.107 3.696 3.125 1.017

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49  while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, The Voice earned a 4.6, down from yesterday's colossal 5.1 adults 18-49 rating, but up from last fall's Tuesday debut (which earned a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating). The season premiere of Chicago Fire earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, up almost a full ratings point from last year's 1.9 series premiere rating.

On CBS the premiere of NCIS earned a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating, down from last year’s 4.1 premiere rating and the series' lowest premiere in six years. NCIS: Los Angeles earned a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down from last year’s 3.4 premiere rating and its lowest premiere ever. Person of Interest premiered to a series low 2.3 adults 18-49 rating, down from last year’s 2.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were accurate. The premiere of The Goldbergs earned a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating. Trophy Wife premiered to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. The premiere of Lucky 7 flopped with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, which makes it the lowest-rated fall drama in ABC's history.

On FOX, Dads earned a 1.5, down sharply from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 premiere rating. Brooklyn Nine-Nine scored a 1.8, down eight tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. New Girl garnered a 2.1, also down eight tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49rating. The Mindy Project notched a 1.5, down four tenths from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, Whose Line Is It Anyway? earned a 0.5, down three tenths from last week’s 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Capture notched a 0.2, down two tenths from last week’s 0.4.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, September 24, 2013:


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.6 13 14.14
ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. -Premiere 4.6 14 11.90
CBS NCIS -Premiere 3.4 10 19.47
FOX Dads 1.5 5 3.65
CW Whose Line is it Anyway? 0.5 1 1.35
8:30PM FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.8 5 4.00
CW Whose Line is it Anyway? -R 0.4 1 1.27
9:00 PM ABC The Goldbergs -Premiere 3.2 9 9.11
CBS NCIS: LA -Premiere 3.0 8 16.17
FOX New Girl 2.1 6 4.10
CW Capture 0.2 1 0.72
9:30PM ABC Trophy Wife -Premiere 2.3 6 6.61
FOX The Mindy Project 1.5 4 3.04
10:00 PM NBC Chicago Fire -Premiere 2.8 8 9.25
CBS Person of Interest -Premiere 2.3 6 12.29
ABC Lucky 7 -Premiere 1.3 4 4.57


In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:

For the first time in eight years, NBC has won Tuesday of premiere week in 18-49 among the Big 4 networks and has now won the opening two nights of the season with entertainment programming for the first time in the history of People Meters (dating back to September 1987).

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 3.2/9; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.6/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) trailed CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.5/6).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/4).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • Trav815

    I thought S.H.I.E.L.D was really good and seems like it will only get better. The Goldbergs was pretty funny to, funnier then I thought it would be. It would pair great with Modern Family.

  • Melissa

    ABC: Very stout premiere for SHIELD – the next few weeks will tell a lot, but I expect it to hold above 3.0 at least until November sweeps. The Goldbergs retained more of SHIELD than I expected it to, and Trophy Wife was solid. Lucky 7 DOA.

    CBS: NCIS strong considering the competition. NCIS: LA very impressive IMO, managing a 3.0 against The Voice’s 5.2 in the 9pm hour. Person of Interest solid, and if it can stabilize at this level (I think it can), the move will have been a success for CBS.

    FOX: Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine dropped a concerning amount, but maybe they will be able to rebound a bit when the competition settles. New Girl and The Mindy Project underwhelming, but again, the next few weeks will give more insight.

    NBC: The Voice performed amazingly again, we’ll see how it holds up in the coming weeks. It would’ve been nice to see Chicago Fire in the 3’s, but a 2.8 is still good.

  • Theisssuesarenow

    Good Wife had to be moved to Sunday and its only on for Emmy reasons. The curse of Tuesday at 10 forced TGW to move to Sunday and it probably would’ve been cancelled but its only on for EMmy reasons or someone at CBS loves Julianna Margulies. But now POI has been killed by CBS and can never stay at 10 because its failing really bad but its WB productions so it will probably be cancelled after this season or end early this season and not come back. It’s going to go below 2.0 in the demo. That’s a guarantee and obvious so POI will be cancelled. Tuesday at 10 was the worst disaster of scheduling and it was obvious this would happen in may! It was clear. Everything fails at Tuesday at 10 and now its POI guaranteed to be cancelled or moved.

  • Ian9outof10

    eeek, Capture took a predictably big hit.

  • Tommy M.

    And with that, Theissuesarenow has been added to my list of comments who’s comments I pass by.

  • Sean

    I love Brooklyn 99.

    New Girl is off to a brutal start this season (quality-wise, the first 2 eps have been atrocious). If it can’t get back on track, it could sink the whole night for Fox.

  • Networkman

    At those who found the pilot for SHIELD underwhelming, I completely agree. I don’t feel it really began to pick up until the last 15 minutes of the show. I feel that the supporting characters really didn’t stand out. Next week I will be watching Dads and Brooklyn Nine Nine because I’m really rooting for new hit comedies.

    FOX has some tough decisions to make regarding their comedy lineup. I do feel that Raising Hope would not have done much better this Tuesday up against The Voice, NCIS and the series premiere of SHIELD.

  • Jayme


    There is zero chance Poi gets canned.

  • ToXiX

    I watched Dads & B99 live last night, switched to The Goldbergs, and stuck around for Trophy Wife & Lucky 7.
    I didn’t even know what Lucky 7 was about until I saw the promo during Goldbergs. It looked interesting enough for my viewing.

    Dads was much funnier last night, I really enjoyed it.
    Brooklyn Nine Nine was good as well, Fox has a potential hit on their hands with B99, they need to move it behind New Girl very soon.
    Goldbergs, I already saw the pilot online but watched it again anyway, loved it. Very funny series with heart and good characters.
    Trophy Wife was okay.
    Lucky 7 I loved it very good. Wish it didn’t flop but we all knew it was going to.

  • Jon

    NCIS will be just fine without Siva. This show has survived losing people before. I will miss her but after a few episodes life moves on. They could replace her with poppy Montgomery and not miss a beat.

  • Jon

    What is with all the POI hate yes it slipped but that was expected. I Still maintain it was dumb to move it as it was starting to beat Grey’s on some weeks.

  • Jan

    I watched Chicago Fire and recorded Lucky 7 and when I watched Lucky 7, I was surprised at how much I liked it. It wasn’t bound to do well up against Person of Interest and Chicago Fire, two well-established shows, but hopefully it’ll pick up – or they’ll move it to a night where more people will see it.

  • Theisssuesarenow

    What happens when POI gets 18-49 ratings in the ones later this season? It’s already at a horrible 2.3! March April may it Could be 1.4-1.7 just awful ratings that are almost guaranteed! If it even gets there because POI Could fall below 2.0 before that! Why wouldn’t CBS cancel POI when it gets 1.? every week soon?

  • Ultima

    Good Wife had to be moved to Sunday and its only on for Emmy reasons.

    Yeah, I don’t know what CBS would do without those “Outstanding Guest Actress” Emmys! :roll:

    They have a syndication deal for the show, it makes money, that’s why it’s still on the air. Sure, maybe critical acclaim saved it early on, but it just doesn’t cut it for a show entering its 5th season.

    But now POI has been killed by CBS

    Normally when a network kills a show, they cancel it rather than renew it. I wonder how this magical new approach will work for CBS. :roll:

    can never stay at 10 because its failing really bad

    Seriously, it’s only down a tenth from its finale and it moved to 10pm. :roll:

    It’s not doing great, but it’s not failing either.

    it will probably be cancelled after this season or end early this season and not come back

    :roll: You’re completely delusional.

    Everything fails at Tuesday at 10

    Judging Amy did fine there for years. The Amazing Race did have some trouble there, but also its best season, and it’s still on the air. The Good Wife is still on the air.

    Yes, it has been one of the weaker timeslots for CBS, but one reason for that is the stability of the rest of their schedule, which has led to that timeslot being repeatedly used for new shows, which have a high failure rate.

    now its POI guaranteed to be cancelled or moved.

    Wait, what?!

    You spend an entire comment (several, actually) ranting about how CBS killed Person of Interest and it will definitely be canceled, then say that well, maybe they’ll just move it? :roll:

    Here’s another for good measure. :roll: /headdesk

  • ToXiX

    I just hope abc burns off Lucky 7 when they cancel it and at least show the episodes. I hope they don’t pull an Apt 23.

  • san

    Are you kidding me with shield…i’m so done with super hero crap.

  • skye

    @Jon: hardly, it edged out one week only.

  • Networkman

    FOX should really give Brooklyn Nine Nine the post Super Bowl spot. This is a comedy to nurture. I think a lot of people love seeing Andre Braugher in this role. Please pair it with Enlisted. That will be a great hour of TV. I would love to see this change in FOX’s comedy lineup.

    Sunday (After Football)
    7pm American Dad!
    7:30pm Bob’s Burgers
    8pm The Simpsons
    8:30pm Murder Police
    9pm Family Guy
    9:30pm Dads

    8pm Brooklyn Nine Nine
    8:30pm Enlisted
    9pm New Girl
    9:30pm Us & Them

    9pm Raising Hope
    9:30pm The Mindy Project

  • Katherine

    I am always amazed at the people who assume that just because they don’t like some genre the people who do like it are stupid or should be equally over it.

    It’s not just the abuse tossed at reality tv watchers, but also the entire audience of CBS. Some people act like the crime procedural hasn’t been a staple of fiction, literary, film, and television for decades (and centuries for books).

    Sure NCIS skews old. But they also get a ton of people in the demo. Because a lot of people like to watch that genre. And what’s more is that once Agents of SHIELD settles it will bounce back up.

  • Ultima

    What happens when POI gets 18-49 ratings in the ones later this season?

    Warner Bros lowers their licensing fee and CBS renews the show.

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