TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Delivers a CBS Victory Despite Series Low

The veteran CBS drama reaches a series low in adults 18-49 but is Tuesday's most-watched show by a wide margin.
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NCIS reached a series low in adults 18-49 Tuesday, but it still led the broadcast networks Tuesday, both in the key ad demographic (by a small margin) and total viewers (by a lot).

The CBS drama earned a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, off slightly from last week and a series low in the demo. Its 11.47 million viewers topped the second-place show — lead-out FBI (8.68 million) — by almost 3 million viewers. FBI's 0.8 in adults 18-49 was even with last week's early numbers (it adjusted up in the finals); NCIS: New Orleans was also steady at 0.7 but down some in viewers at 6.76 million (versus 7.16 million a week ago).

The Voice had the second-best 18-49 rating on the broadcast nets with a 0.9, even with its last two Tuesday shows — which is to say it tied a series low. The Village ticked down to 0.6 on NBC, and New Amsterdam held at 0.8.

At ABC, American Housewife (0.8) and The Kids Are Alright (0.6) each came down a little bit week to week. Airing at 9 p.m. — in a spot that had been reserved for the back-door pilot of Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish before ABC decided to hold off — Bless This Mess held at 0.6. So did ABC News' 1969 (0.4) at 10 p.m.

Fox's Masterchef Junior (0.7) and Mental Samurai (0.5) both slipped a little bit. The Flash (0.5) and The 100 (0.3) were both even with last week.

CBS and NBC tied for the nightly lead, each averaging 0.8 in adults 18-49. Fox came in at 0.6, ABC and Telemundo at 0.5 and The CW and Univision at 0.4.

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