9:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Drops in Return, 'Imaginary Mary' Struggles
Tuesday night success was measured by a pretty short measuring stick for the broadcast networks.
With several repeats, and a lot of dips, a recap episode of The Voice was the only thing to really pop. It averaged a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers — locking a win for NBC. The network's only other new entries were back-to-back episodes of Trial & Error. The comedy averaged a 0.9 and a 0.8 rating in the key demo.
Prison Break took a same-day hit on Fox, falling four-tenths of a ratings point to a 1.1 in the key demo. Still, on a night of low expectations, it was just behind ABC comedy The Middle as the top-rated scripted effort of the night.
Last week's episode, the premiere of Fox's brief Prison Break revival, grew to a 2.1 rating among adults 18-59 and 5.5 million multiplatform viewers with live-plus-three day ratings taken into account. Leading up to Tuesday's Prison Break was a lackluster return for Brooklyn Nine-Nine (0.7 adults, nearly half its last showing) and a steady episode of The Mick (0.8 adults).
As for ABC, both The Middle (1.2 adults) and American Housewife (1.1 adults) dipped slightly before an even Fresh Off the Boat (1.1 adults) and a middling Imaginary Mary. With a 0.8 rating in the key demo, it's safe to assume that the freshman is on thin ice at the comedy-heavy network. Agents of SHIELD won the 10 o'clock hour by default, averaging a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 against repeats.
iZombie earned a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 on the CW, reasonably steady despite an encore lead-in.