Here we go, Tuesday at almost-full competition (The CW premiers are set for October 8):
CBS. Tuesday has been the Eye Network's night. And in terms of total viewers, last night was no exception in every hour. However, a bit of brow-furrowing is going on in the executive suite this morning. It's not that CBS has an immediate problem. It's just that in terms of the year 2020 the future is obvious.
Two years ago "NCIS" pulled 4.2/12 - 19.5. Last year it was 4.1/12 - 20.16. Neither was against "The Voice" blind auditions. This year's 3.4/10 -19.47 demonstrates that those in the 18-49 demo who will watch "NCIS" live+same day are not committed to a show. My guess is that many in the demo age group who normally watch "NCIS" instead watched "The Voice" and recorded "NCIS" for later or will stream it. It isn't like the advertised story line for the season opener wouldn't be a grabber for loyal "NCIS" fans. It's just that it works to watch it on your smart phone on the lunch hour today.
"NCIS: LA" two years ago pulled 3.6/9 - 16.69 and one year ago 3.4/9 - 16.72 compared to this year's 3.0/8 - 16.17.
Shifted by CBS from Thursday at 9 pm, "Person of Interest" pulled a 2.3/4 - 12.29. Two years ago "Unforgettable" pulled 2.9/8 - 13.98 and a year ago "Vegas" pulled 2.5/7 - 14.70 in this time slot. Two years ago "Person of Interest" premiered on Thursday at 9 pm with a 3.1/8 -13.22 and a year ago it pulled 2.9/8 -14.27.
NBC. The NBC executive suite is full of grinning suits. Their lineup handily won the demo races, 8-to-10 pm and 8-to-11 pm. As we all know, two years ago the Peacock Network was a solid #4. And last spring, "Chicago Fire" was barely hanging on to #2 on Wednesday at 10 pm.
Fox. Seeing an opening for a solid #4 position on Tuesday, the suits at Fox jumped in with both feet. They now hold the lead for this season's "we're-out-of-touch-with-the-viewers" award.
ABC. The suits at the Alphabet Network need to worry. "Lucky 7" is DOA. While the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." premier did well in the demo providing a lead-in to the comedy shows at 9 pm., those comedy shows will have to appeal to viewers on their own to maintain decent ratings by mid-season.
The CW shows will premier in two weeks.
It's interesting to note that a premier week Tuesday finds 18 million viewers who weren't there for the broadcast networks last week.
Edited by phrelin, 25 September 2013 - 11:29 AM.