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.



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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.

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  • dantas

    Good morning, fellas. Lets see what we have here…

    So, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, The Mindy Project and Dads WILL all be cancelled.

    Chicago Fire has nothing to fear at all. Its numbers will only make it lose The Voice as a lead-in, but one can tell will last 4 full seasons (as The Syndication Gods want to).

    Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in no danger – for now. If it manages to stay above a 1.8 the entire season, it’ll be renewed. If it doesn’t, then it’s doomed.

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is also safe for now. If it keeps hitting a 1.6 after their post-Superbowl spot, until May 2014, it will be renewed. If it doesn’t, then it’s doomed.

  • DougF

    But what’s up with New Girl?


    DVR powerhouse.

  • MackG


    Why wouldn’t it? What is the competition for that group of viewers? A vampire show, a reality show, a comedy and a boring superhero show. None of these are going to be real competition for the older demo.

  • D Pats

    Looks like The Voice dipping out of the 8pm hour may have given B99 a slight boost, but looks like Dads is left out. It seems like Tuesday is all about counter programming in the 9 pm hour. The reality competition, the family show, the sometimes raunchy young adult show, the cult sci-fi-action-comedy.

    And yeah, New Girl’s demo will nearly double in the L+7s, but what does that really mean, other than people actually do watch the show? How does Fox take that to the ad folks?

  • Petar


    Yep i want one more female lead but Carter is grow more and more for me. Taraji Henson for EMMY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW she is beyond awesome.

  • Why watch

    Still looks like Shield is going the Revolution route. First year renewal followed by likely cancellation in year two if the ratings keep slipping like they are.

  • Dan S

    Hopefully more people are discovering The Goldbergs running neck & neck with New Girl. I still think at some point ABC will move it to Wed & shift BITG to Fri. Regarding CF it has improved Tues for NBC at 10pm & will be around for awhile. Curious to see how the spinoff CPD will do on Wed in Jan. Happy to see B99 continuing to outrank its lead in Dads & confident it’ll stick around as well.

  • Melanie

    Yaay for the CW Tuesday! Very solid.

    POI was really good last night.

  • Shepherd


    Could someone tell me why does NCIS have such huge numbers? 20 million viewers?! Why is that show so damn especial?!

    My guess is because the cases are not very complicated, and the show is so similar week to week that you don’t really need to ‘pay attention’ to watch. You an easily multi-task during the show and never worry about missing anything. Also, because it is procedural, you don’t have to worry about tuning in every week to understand what is going on so those who can’t count on being around every week; watch NCIS, CSI etc.

    That’s just a guess though. ;)

  • Duarte

    Originals and Supernatural should be on Mondays instead of HoD and BatB

  • David

    Trophy Wife sets new low! Another new ABC comedy that was chosen instead of renewing Malibu Country!! Wow… I bet if Trophy Wife were on Friday nights it would consistently be below 1.0. Do you think ABC should resurrect Malibu Country???? Someone at ABC should give Reba a call now!!!

  • Shepherd

    @Timmy G

    @Hoyt, Old people really love Mark Harmon, and that pretty much covers it.


  • Quin

    Yay I’m glad Supernatural is holding steady in the ratings! I Love Supernatural! Yes it is still a CW beast after all these years awesome!

  • psychic

    Was the insinuation meant to be that I was impersonating Dante?
    Because, uh, no. I think you took my comment the wrong way.

  • dantas

    @Dan S,

    That is in NO WAY something to be proud of.

    New Girl is in its third season getting a 1.8 as a series low. The Goldbergs is in its first and had a 1.6 before.

    ABC won’t move The Goldbergs around in their schedule, and will only renew it if the show manages to hit 1.7s constantly ’til May 2014.

  • CK

    @Gaius Bolling

    No, there are not taken into account, because most people skip the adverts when they DVR shows, which means advertisers don’t pay based on DVR numbers. They pay based on figures pretty close to the final live+SD figures we get, so these are the numbers that matter when networks decide what they are going to renew. AoS will be renewed if it maintains its current ratings, but with these numbers, I can’t see the budget for a second season being quite as big as it is for this season.

  • pmr

    I don’t watch Chicago Fire or anything on Wednesday for that matter but Dante seem to need a life if watching and hoping for a show to tank is entertaining for him. NBC must have some hope for it since they have a spin off coming soon.

  • Jarmusch

    LOL… the “I’m so glad Mindy is holding steady” people are adorable.

    Never mind, of course, that she has the lowest-rated Fox show on Tuesday. Or, for that matter, on Fox’s entire prime-time schedule.

    But the most interesting number this week is the 18-34 demo. Last week, Fox had a clear 2nd place win with a 1.7. This week, Fox is tied with CBS (which was third last week) with a 1.5.

    In other words, the “Mindy is KILLING IT in 18-34″ excuse is no longer operative.

    Bye, Mindy!

  • anna g

    Posted October 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM
    Could someone tell me why does NCIS have such huge numbers? 20 million viewers?! Why is that show so damn especial?!
    I am asking myself the same thing. This show is god awful. The dialogues are hilarious one-liners and acting is absolutely terrible. Mark Harmon is the only watchable character though he is still very bland and Michael Weatherly and that black haired chick with ponytails are so annyoing that they should be killed off. I watched 3 episodes of this show and I could not stomach this. But it is a hit with good demo and very high viewership for years and it will probably stay around few more years.

  • remi

    Is it just me or did they put Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the worst possible time slot (except maybe for a friday night?). I mean, its lead-in is awful, and all of its competition at 8:30 is the second half of the 8:00 shows. I mean, who would stop watching a show halfway to tune in to another? Network execs should stop being hypocrites and come right out and say it: “look, we want these shows to fail, so just stop watching them, ok?”

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