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The overall trend for the networks was slightly better as well after Monday’s bleak numbers for most returning shows. Season premieres were down year to year for the most part, but the losses weren’t quite as great as they were Monday.
New Amsterdam scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC, marking the second solid premiere for a new show on the network in as many days (Manifest scored a 2.2 Monday). That’s a 19 percent improvement over the premiere of Law & Order: True Crime (1.6) in the same spot a year ago.
This Is Us led the demo for the night with a 2.9, down a full point (26 percent) from the season two debut but in line with its 2017-18 average. The Voice (2.1) ticked up from Monday’s premiere but was off 22 percent versus a 2.7 for its first Tuesday episode last year.
FBI delivered a 1.3 for CBS, even with Bull‘s 2017 premiere in the same spot. It held nearly all the 18-49 audience from its lead-in, NCIS (1.4, -12.5 percent) and topped 10 million viewers, third-best on the night behind NCIS (12.39 million) and This Is Us (10.4 million). NCIS: New Orleans matched last year’s premiere 1.0 in the demo.
After a solid night Monday, Fox suffered some Tuesday. The Gifted (0.9) fell 40 percent from its series premiere last year, and Lethal Weapon (0.8), with new co-lead Seann William Scott, dropped by a third year to year. Both shows came in behind their 2017-18 averages (1.0 for both), though Lethal Weapon did match its season two finale in the demo
Dancing With the Stars drew a 0.9 on ABC, off slightly from Monday’s debut and down 25 percent versus a 1.2 a year ago. A 20/20 special managed only a 0.5 at 10 p.m. The Outpost earned a 0.2 on The CW.
With the night’s top three shows in adults 18-49, NBC coasted to victory in the network race with a 2.3 rating. CBS finished second at 1.2, followed by Fox, 0.8; ABC, 0.7; and The CW, 0.2.
NBC’s primetime win among adults 18-49 carried over to late night, as The Tonight Show (0.7 in metered markets) and Late Night (0.4) led their respective hours. At 11:35, CBS’ Late Show drew a 0.4 and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! a 0.3. At 12:35 a.m., Nightline averaged 0.3 and The Late Late Show 0.2.
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