TV Ratings Tuesday: 'Chicago Fire', 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' & 'Trophy Wife' Hit Lows + 'The Voice' & 'Supernatural' Flat

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October 23rd, 2013



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.7/8 2.6/7 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.3/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 9.023 15.462 5.075 3.501 3.352 2.225

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

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a 2.0, down three tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 premiere rating.  The Voice  matched last week's 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. Chicago Fire tied its season low with 2.1 from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS NCIS notched a 3.0, down a tenth from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.  NCIS: Los Angeles was even with last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Person of Interest matched last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit a new series low with a 2.6, down two tenths from last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Goldbergs garnered a 1.7, up a tenth from last week's series low 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Trophy Wife fell to a new series low with a 1.2, down a tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Dads scored a 1.4, down a tenth from last week's 1.5  adults 18-49 rating. Brooklyn Nine-Nine earned a 1.6, up a tenth from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating. New Girl matched last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. The Mindy Project was also even with last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On the CW, The Originals earned a 0.9, down two tenths from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural was flat with last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, October 22, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 3.0 9 18.58
ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.6 8 7.13
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.0 6 6.64
FOX Dads 1.4 4 3.61
CW The Originals 0.9 3 2.15
8:30PM FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.6 4 3.78
9:00 PM NBC The voice 4.0 11 12.84
CBS NCIS: LA 2.6 7 14.87
FOX New Girl 1.8 5 3.76
ABC The Goldbergs 1.7 5 5.26
CW Supernatural 1.0 3 2.30
9:30PM FOX The Mindy Project 1.4 4 2.86
ABC Trophy Wife 1.2 3 4.03
10:00 PM CBS Person of Interest 2.2 6 12.94
NBC Chicago Fire 2.1 6 7.59
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.1 3 3.45


via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.8/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for  live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Parker Wyeth

    POI was GREAT last night. Developing Shaw’s character was really good for the show.
    The episode was as good or better than the first season. Taraji was superb . Every part of the show was enjoyable.

  • clown4

    too bad for shield…I had hoped it would stabilize around low 3s high 2s. With any luck it stays in the mid 2s. I think it’s a fun show and wish more people would give it a chance. I think it has a chance to grow and I think that the revolution/ flash forward/ no ordinary family comparisons are unfair because those shows were/ are so heavily serialized. Once you lose viewers they don’t come back on a serialized show like that. Shield has serialized elements but is more procedural and hopefully they can fix the things that need to be fixed and grow. They have time to retool during winter break and PROMOTE as retooled when it comes back. On the bright side I imagine this show skews male and that has to count for something for advertisers trying to reach that audience. I’m an 18-34 male and I watch sports, this, and blacklist live. Ratings might be higher for other shows like scandal, the voice, etc but I don’t know any guys in my age range watching those shows. On a side note, I think people have to remember that people are more likely to watch a singing show live than a comedy or drama. Nobody’s going to DVR and watch the next day after they’ve kicked the lowest vote getter off. I know DVR ratings don’t count and I’m not saying they should or that non-reality should have lower expectations…just an observation.

    Good for NCIS, it’s amazing to be doing that well 10 years in. I tried to get into it and other procedurals like csi but I find that kind of procedural boring. A dead guy every week and they use forensics to solve it. There’s no real mystery and the characters aren’t interesting for me. I think that’s what makes the blacklist a hit and even white collar on USA.

  • Ronak

    Shield is clunky, wooden and poorly-written. I watched the first 4 eps, I won’t watch any more (unless it improves so much that word-of-mouth buzz convinces me to).

    It’s huge hype and promotion gave ABC a massive opportunity. Too bad they dropped the ball via the casting, acting and writing.

  • D Pat


    I suppose I should’ve added that was all just my opinion. I actually don’t care much for the characters you listed. I like New Girl, but Schmidt has been stuck in the same gear since the beginning while the other characters (including what I initially considered to be a pretty unlikable female lead) have grown into actual characters. Barney Stinson doesn’t do it for me, and I don’t watch that show. B99 I’ll give a chance since it’s quite early, but so far the show has been a bit hit/miss, and it’s the supporting cast that gives me hope.

    Besides, Mindy isn’t my least favorite character on the show (Morgan just… no) but she just isn’t a character I really enjoy spending time with. In fact, there really isn’t a character on the show that I tune in to see, Danny being the closest. They’re probably all supposed to be decent people, but decent and likable aren’t always the same thing.

    And that isn’t to say there isn’t a place for unlikable characters. I really enjoyed Always Sunny and The League for quite some time. But they aren’t going for heart, and I suspect The Mindy Project is. One of my favorite shows was Arrested Development, and I’d say Jessica Walters (who is an immensely unlikable character) was my favorite part of the recent Netflix version. I think Roseanne was, at it’s peak, a fantastic show. Is there anyone more shrill than Roseanne? So it’s not necessarily misogynistic to not like The Mindy Project. I’ve seen prob the last 20 episodes or so, and I’m still watching. But I can’t say I really like what I’m watching lately, and it’s not all on the character of Mindy, but she sure is a big part of it.

    That said, I did love her line reading last night. “There’s just no safe place for a young, hot woman to walk around watching her intranet videos.”

  • Joseph A

    We are going to get final numbers in a few minutes but to be honest peeps with the exception of Chicago Fire all of the other shows just moved + /- .1 when you compare their initial numbers from last week which is hardly anything ,,

    The exception of course was Chicago Fire that dropped -.3 ,

    But over all NBC / CBS both doing great
    ABC / FOX both trailing the pack

  • ravi

    The bear is gearing up for a feast fit for a king on the MP carcass. AstraZeneca shares should skyrocket.

  • K


    Fair enough. Still, it seems to be doing okay so far, Goldbergs I mean. With the lack of comedies for ABC, they may stick with The Goldbergs as long as they can and as long as it gets decent ratings,

  • K


    I figured that. Maybe the fans see her as breaking up the dynamics, of Mr Reese, Mr Finch, Carter and Fusco, and even Bear. I wonder how they feel about Root, then.

  • esruckcype

    SHIELD will continue to drop as long as the show remains as mediocre as it is. The Whedon-produced elements are really starting to show now:

    young prominent spunky female
    young hunky unsure love interest
    young annoying unmemorable supporting cast
    old wisened mentor

    It wouldn’t be so annoying if this wasn’t a promising, hyped show on a major network. But really, other than the effects, everything about this show (writing, casting, acting) is on par with any given run-of-the-mill CW sci-fantasy show.

    I haven’t given up on it just yet, but last night’s episode was pretty bad. The lines that came from “Scorch’s” mouth were woefully bad, and the acting didn’t help matters either. There is no surprise or anything regarding… anything. Oh wow, the woman in the dress is a bad guy. Shocker. Sky’s old hacker love interest is gonna betray her. Wow. Very little is exciting about this show. And, considering that it’s born from the biggest action movie of all time and the most popular comic book universe, that’s unacceptable.

  • Jon

    @clown4…….. more people did give shield a chance and for several episodes at that. Its not a bad show persay but it is really underwhelming at times. There is just not enough meat on the bone so to speak. I would rather watch ncis any day. Ive seen every shield episode and enjoyed 2 of them of the five. The biggest problem for me is the acting seems really forced and cheesy. The writing and plotlines almost seem like a 12 year old wrote them.

  • Jon

    @Dpat …..why do you watch Mindy if you don’t like it? Ill admit the humor is probably not for everyone buy those of us who get it we laugh out loud.

  • Networkman

    I agree that Person of Interests in the best crime drama currently on the air. Last night’s episode was its strongest of the new season. I’m really enjoying the female leads on the show. I would love to see POI’s demo rise to at least a 2.5. That would be great for this timeslot that has been problem for CBS in most recent years.

    I watched 3 comedies last night; Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife. In my opinion, The Goldbergs was the most entertaining. Not only does it has its funny moments but it really has a lot of heart. The family has great chemistry allowing the viewers to feel the warmth throughout. This is definitely a show ABC has to nurture. It is really a great homage to shows such as Wonder Years and Boy Meets World.

  • Jerome

    I absolutely love Chicago Fire. There’s nothing like a good scripted drama. In my opinion NBC has always led the pack with compelling dramas like Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, ER, Homicide Life on the Street and the Law & Order franchise. NBC has always pushed the envelope. It seems like the other networks play it safe with formulas that appeal to the masses. Dick Wolf is king at NBC. His shows will have a chance.

  • Dorothy5334

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 9:35 AM
    The ratings for NCSI or whatever always surprise me. I’ve never met a person who watches a cbs procedural. Then again, I don’t really hang out in trailer parks or retirement homes.
    I don’t watch it nor do I live in a trailer park or retirement facility and was offended by that.

  • Dorothy5334

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM
    Some people here get really ofended very easily. Sad and pathetic.
    People getting offended easily is sad and pathetic… Lol ok that’s a pathetic statement.

  • Dorothy5334

    P.S Can everyone stop feeding the troll. No matter what you say he/she is going to continue posting until he/she gets bored and move on to something else. And for those that thinks this person is Max, I doubt it. Max only posted once per article usually repeating the same thing verbatim. He also didn’t respond to anyone else.
    This is Max from last year.. Although the multiple postings today after the initial Dante one is not Max/Dante those are people trying to show how pathetic he sounds.

  • Dorothy5334

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM
    Well it looks like PLL affected the Originals last week it was a 1.1 now a .9 and the overall younger demo rating of a18-34 is allot lower as well. Last week it was at a 1.1 i think or 1.0 and this week is at a .7 demo rating. Super Natural on the other hand was not effected at all by Ravenswood it looks like. A good night for the CW thow. By the way Ravenswood was good and PLL was good too.
    How can you say it affected it when the 1st and 2nd episode scored a .9 the 3rd was a 1.1 4th a .9 again.. You can’t really say it was legitimately affected..

  • Dorothy5334

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM
    I happened to be refreshing every few seconds this morning as I was anxious for ratings news, and the absolute SECOND the Tuesday ratings article appeared there was a long post from Dante attached. Ergo, he works for TVbTN or is affiliated with them in some way. Perhaps to generate more ratings traffic and get people worked up? Whatever the reason it feels like a sleazy practice and undermines the site, and should stop.
    People need to stop saying that.. They’ve already said over and over that they WOULD NEVER do that nor would it give them that many more page views.. It’s ridiculous that people continue to say that.

  • D Pat


    I give things a chance. It looked quite promising in the home stretch last season, and I actually had big expectations for it. This season just hasn’t done it for me. But you’re right. The only reason I still watch is because I enjoy the lead in. My girlfriend was really into it, but even she’s kind of past it now. Just something on in the background when she plans her next day, and I pay way more attention than she does anymore. I probably could just change the channel. Good point. 20 episodes is enough of a chance.

  • Dorothy5334

    I always have all my replies at the end of the day cause I am in west coast and am very busy until at about 3pm it takes me hours to read all these comments so I start responding to them all as I’m reading through them

    Finally done here’s my last two replies!!

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM
    It actually sounds like the Chicago Franchise will be a trilogy where it covers the fire department, police department, and they probably bring back ER since ER was set in Chicago to cover the medical field.

    Dick Wolf already spoke about wanting a trilogy for the Chicago franchise.

    Look for ER to return guys.
    I love ER. And would LOVE for ER to return? Did you really hear that it are you speculating??

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    The fact remains, if people just ignored Dante and not give him the audience he’s looking for, he’ll get bored and go away. He’s clearly doing it because people are biting in huge numbers to his posts.

    I’m in no way praising him, but clearly from spending a few minutes a day writing something to post with each respective ratings post, he has built up a fanbase with little to no effort on his part.

    Basically, he’s like a master fisherman, casting out a line and getting bites everytime.
    It’s hard not to respond.. I tried last year and this year but list still responded.. I wish I could post first every day with a warning

    NO MATTER WHAT DO NOT RESPOND TO “””?””” Troll behavior it might start working of someone can be the first one to post and post that…

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