Can you guess which Fox comedy series got special airings after the Super Bowl on Sunday? Last night, the network’s Dads (1.5) was even with its airing last week, while New Girl (1.6) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.4) were both down, by 16% and 26%, respectively. There are rarely big bumps for the shows chosen to follow the big game but double-digit drops are unusual. Last year, CBS’ Elementary posted a 5% gain in the fast nationals for its first outing after the post-Super Bowl episode that aired four days after the big game vs. two for Fox’s New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The ratings hold should give confidence to Dads, which does not get a fraction of the attention and critical praise New Girl and Brooklyn get but fared on par with them last night despite no Super Bowl exposure. This was Brooklyn‘s debut in its new 9:30 PM slot where it tied the last original of predecessor The Mindy Project.
Following an Olympics special (1.4/4), the season finale of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (2.2) was up 29% from last week for the highest demo rating of the season since the premiere. But it was down -19% from last year’s finale, tying the franchise’s lowest finale rating ever in May 2012. CBS‘ NCIS (3.0) was even with its last original on January 14. NCIS:LA (2.9) was up +21%, while Person Of Interest (2.1) was up +5%. (CBS’ 8-10 PM ratings may be inflated just a big from a local pre-emption for a college basketball game but NCIS regularly gets adjusted up in the finals so its preliminary rating may hold.) CBS is set to win the night in 18-49 (2.7) and total viewers (15.9 million). On ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E L.D. (2.1) was down 5% from its last original on Jan. 14 to tie a series low. (1.7) and Trophy Wife (1.0) both inched up (by 13% and 11%, respectively) from their last originals that followed a S.H.I.E.L.D. repeat vs. an fresh episode last night. ABC is touting the fact that The Goldbergs edged New Girl in the 9-9:30 PM slot. Killer Women (0.7) stayed flat, matching the series from its most recent outing. The CW’s The Originals (0.8) dropped 20% to a series low, while Supernatural (1.1) dipped a tenth from its season high last week.
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