8:52am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Crowded' Leads Tuesday Comedies With Preview Episode
The Voice, though slightly humbled from last week, gave NBC an easy win among adults 18-49 on Tuesday night.
The Big Four's reigning reality champ averaged a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 — and, most interestingly, led into yet another midseason premiere. NBC sitcom Crowded sampled two episodes during the 10 p.m. hour, the first averaging a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers. In the second half-hour, it slipped four-tenths of a point in the key demo.
Crowded will move to Sundays later this week, but for its first night out, it easily beat broadcast's other comedic offerings. ABC's Fresh Off the Boat was the closest, pulling a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. Like Fox's New Girl (1.0 adults), the comedy was down two-tenths of a point from last week to a season low. ABC's The Real O'Neals posted a 1.0 rating with adults 18-49 in its latest Tuesday outing, while Fox had solid episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Grinder (0.6 adults).
Elsewhere on ABC, Of Kings and Prophets sank to just a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49. That seems to spell imminent doom for the epic drama, the lowest-rated Big Four telecast of the night. Agents of SHIELD pulled a 1.0 rating in the previous hour.
As for CBS, the night's No. 2 network brought out an even block of dramas with NCIS (2.0 adults), NCIS: New Orleans (1.6 adults) and Limitless (1.1 adults).