September 24, 2014



The second night of the fall TV season was far from the ratings bonanza of the night before.

DEMOGRAPHIC DETAIL: For each broadcast program (or hour segment) Tuesday, the chart below displays preliminary key advertiser demographics (adult 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 ratings), audience skews (women 18-49, men 18-49 and adults 50+ shares) and total viewership (thousands of people over the age of 2).

Ratings analysis and comparisons follow the chart below:

Demo Profile 2014 TUE Sep 23

ABC:  After 1.6 for a special DANCING WITH THE STARS results show (down 0.6 from a similar installment last week), AGENTS OF SHIELD returned with a flat 1.9, not just worlds away from last fall’s giant 4.7 premiere, but down 0.1 from its diminished season finale.  The good news for ABC was that FOREVER retained 100% of its Monday night rating at 1.7, and while it was in 3d place for the hour, the network was competitive in the timeslot for the first time in recent memory.

CBS:  NCIS returned at 2.9, down 20% from last fall’s season premiere, and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS debuted at 2.5, half a point below last fall’s NCIS: Los Angeles season premiere.  PERSON OF INTEREST, at 1.8, was likewise down half a point from last fall’s premiere.

NBC:  THE VOICE, freed of Monday’s ferocious competition, rose 0.1 from the night before to 4.0, but that was still down 0.7 from last fall’s Tuesday premiere.  Despite the lower lead-in, CHICAGO FIRE tied last fall’s 2.7 season premiere and dominated the 10PM hour.

FOX:  It’s already time to put a fork in FOX’s Tuesday night.  UTOPIA, while up from last Friday’s ghastly 0.5, dropped 0.1 from last Tuesday to 0.9.  NEW GIRL fell 0.4 to 1.3, and THE MINDY PROJECT dropped 0.3 to 1.0.

CW:  Reruns at 0.3/0.3.

Tonight’s marquee premiere is BLACK-ISH, which takes the post-MODERN FAMILY slot on ABC.  All the networks are new, although CBS wraps up its summer with the season finale of BIG BROTHER.

COMPARISONS TO SIMILAR NIGHTS: Preliminary adult 18-49 ratings for Tuesday, the same night last year and same night last week.

Daily Comp 3way 2014 TUE Sep 23

CABLE RATINGS: Come back this afternoon for detailed demographic ratings for top Tuesday cable programs.





About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."