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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  • Shane

    Why are you all acting like New Girl is dead because they lost to 2 shows that premiered and were their first shows ever of course people are gonna check out the new shows to see how good they are, give it a few weeks before you claim these things. There is no way everyone will keep watching these shows some will get sick of them and probably New Girl will end up passing their competition in a month or so

  • James

    FOX’s decline is expected facing strong competition. The whole lineup drops about 0.8 on average, and New Girl returns back to low 2.0s. But Brooklyn Nine-Nine is doing quite good against SHIELD and NCIS. If it finishes the 2nd for more weeks it can get a full season.

    ABC’s comedy block is really strong, stronger than last season’s Go On and The New Normal. The question is whether the Goldbergs can hold the ratings.

  • Jon

    Surprised Chicago fire beat POI in the demo. No doubt it got a lot of new eyes on it following the voice. I expect things to correct itself in the coming weeks and people finding POI on tuesday nights. I refuse to believe a good show like POI will bleed that much of its viewers just because it is on tuesday instead of Thursday.

  • Billy

    Shield did about what I expected. Enjoy it now. It will never hold that number.

    The FOX sitcoms dropped big time.

    CBS all down from last year. Not too good.

  • Mathew

    capture go up! wtf!!

  • Samuel

    Wow, the superhero fever really did it. Seems like we gonna get a lot of serialized show if this keeps up. I guess fox will try and emulate that with the comissioner gordon show.

  • fringegot5seasons

    The PoI move was pretty stupid. It would’ve been so much stronger at 9 than the 10pm death hour where nothing does well except post-Voice shows. And Castle, sometimes.

  • JaredK

    Very good premiere for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. against two of the biggest shows on TV in The Voice and NCIS. It may not end up being a world beater (I expect it will ultimately settle in the mid 3’s) but ABC should be very happy with those numbers.

    Not all good news for the Alphabet, though. The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife are probably headed for another Happy Endings/Don’t Trust the B situation. And with those debut numbers for Lucky 7, I think that we can stop taking odds on what’s going to be the first new show cancelled.

    CBS is not having a good start to the new season. Obviously, NCIS and NCIS:LA will be fine but 10 P.M. on Tuesday is truly becoming scorched earth for CBS. They put one of their highest-rated shows from last season in that slot, and it plummets. Now, Person of Interest is no real danger because of its syndication prospects, but unless it can recover, that slot is probably destined for NCIS: New Orleans (or whatever it ends up being called) next year. Nothing else has worked.

    Solid debut for Chicago Fire. Those ratings are obviously inflated by The Voice, but NBC clearly has big hopes for that show (prime lead-in, a spinoff). They have to be happy with a timeslot victory.

    Fox, on the other hand, is in real trouble. They just don’t have the horses to compete on what’s become a brutally tough night. Obviously it’s very early, I wouldn’t be surprised if New Girl is the only one of those comedies to survive the year.

  • Barbie

    Am I dreaming that Chicago Fire seriously beat Person of Interest!? Wow, CBS is flunking and it’s happening fast!

    YAY, Chicago Fire!

    And Take that, CBS, for your lousy schedule changes! That’s what you get!

  • Petar

    I am more than happy with POI premiere. It was grat premiere and even on tuesday death slot(for cbs) can be #1 CBS 10 pm show. And expet to be dead steady till january when should be up again as always.( but insted no footbal will be without SOA and the voice lead-in for nbc)

  • r0ckmypants

    I’d be curious to see quarter-hours, just to see the numbers for The Goldbergs. There was about a minute overrun from SHIELD, plus the show was pretty bad. Trophy Wife should have gotten the 9:00 slot instead.

  • tv#1

    I loved The Goldbergs. I am glad it did well. I hope it continues to do well.

  • verus

    Fox comedy lineup is bleeding all over the floor.

  • SG

    2 days in a row that CBS is in a very bad mood and not number 1!


    Damn the voice is a beast. I honestly think its Emmy win is pulling it up. It’s still up 6 tents of a point from last fall and should adjust up. Great start for the voice. Sheild did excellent and abc was smart for putting this on Tuesday. I loved the goldbergs it was super cute. I felt it belonged more after modern family but it has potential. Hates trophy wife it was just a stupid premise. Lucky 7 we knew would flop. Person of interest should have never been moved. It was perfect on Thursday’s. NBC has to be happy with Chicago fire it won the demo and did excellent. Glad NBC really kept with the show.

  • ReallyTired

    UnLucky 7 won’t make 7 episodes aired.

    SHIELD was a bore. Curiosty will fade with that piece of G.A.R.B.A.G.E.

  • s0303

    shield did a bit better than i thought, i enjoyed it…i liked trophy wife, wish it did a bit better. rip lucky 7..first cancellation???

    fox is in trouble, as expected…not bad for whose line considering the competition…

    great for chicago fire…poi down quite a bit…

  • Hatim

    The Voice :D
    Good for AOS, doesn’t air till friday in the UK, looking forward to the pilot
    Really enjoyed B99, its a shame its on such a tough night, and new girl did okay but wasn’t a great episode
    Is this the most competitive night in US TV now?

    Also Fox are so lucky they have the superbowl otherwise they’d be a show in for last place this year

  • Dale

    Goldbergs was unwatchable. I think that’s why Trophy Wife’s numbers were much lower. People left before that show even started. I usually give shows 2-3 episodes, but I doubt I watch it again. Worst comedy I’ve seen in years.

  • Kim

    The Goldbergs was the only thing I watched last night. I neither loved or hated it. I doubt I’ll bother next week. Somehow I figured Lucky 7 would flopped without even paying attention to its competition. Just seemed like one of those shows.

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