8:47am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Wall' Hits Stride in Time Slot, 'Bones' Is Soft in Final Return
The third time turned out to be the charm for NBC's new competition series. The Wall, the network's latest in-house alternative effort, debuted in its official time slot to big ratings lifts.
At 8 o'clock, The Wall averaged a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers. In the key demo, that's more than a 40 percent jump from the more humble Monday showing it got with the premiere of The Celebrity Apprentice as its lead-in. The Wall was one of three broadcast series to pull a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, tying it for No. 2 behind the night's big leader — NCIS (1.8 adults).
But NBC led Tuesday with The Wall leading into new episodes of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. The Dick Wolf dramas averaged a respective 1.6 and 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. Elsewhere on CBS, Bull (1.5 adults) and NCIS: New Orleans (1.2 adults) held steady.
The entire ABC comedy lineup saw modest improvement from the most recent original episodes. The Middle led with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, followed by American Housewife (1.6 adults), Fresh Off the Boat (1.4 adults) and The Real O'Neals (1.0 adults).
Fox saw the time slot debut of The Mick. It lost more than half of Sunday's post-NFL premiere sampling, but did improve on its New Girl lead-in. The comedy averaged a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers. It was the highest-rated original on Fox for the night, even though New Girl (1.1 adults) was up from its last episode.
Bones began its final run in its umpteenth Fox time slot in 12 seasons. The drama was on par with recent episodes but down (by half of a ratings point) from its most recent premiere to a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49.