9:48am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Parks and Recreation' Tops Tuesday Comedies in Return
Let's be frank. Tuesdays have been pretty miserable on the comedy front. With three broadcast networks devoting at least an hour to sitcoms this season, no one show (and definitely no new offering) has really broken through on the ratings front — at least before DVR lifts.
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So it comes as a little bit of a surprise that a move to Tuesday has improved one comedy. Parks and Recreation, beginning back-to-back episodes for its seventh and final run, was actually up from its last Thursday opener. The comedy fetched a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 during both outings, up a tick (15 percent) from its old Must-See TV roost. Unfortunately, Parks' move to the 8 p.m. hour did not help NBC's other Tuesday sitcoms. Marry Me (0.7 adults) and About a Boy (0.9 adults) saw no lift with a comedy lead-in. (Chicago Fire, averaging a 1.5 in the key demo, held steady.)
Nice as Parks' bump might be, dramas ruled the night — namely CBS' block. Steady outings of NCIS (2.8 adults) and Person of Interest (1.6 adults) book-ended a night that also saw NCIS: New Orleans (2.2 adults) shed two-tenths of a point.
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Things went downhill on ABC after a special Shark Tank (1.8 adults). Agent Carter (1.5 adults) lost four-tenths of a point from last week's OK premiere. Forever held steady with a 1.0 rating.
MasterChef Junior (1.7 adults) was steady on Fox, as was the network's entire lineup. New Girl (1.4 adults) and The Mindy Project (1.1 adults) held last week's performances, topping NBC's 9 p.m. comedies — but falling shy of Parks and Recreation.