It was a night of partial endings and new beginnings on primetime on Tuesday. The ending was the season finale of Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.3/4). The recently renewed Golden Globe winning Andy Samberg-led comedy wrapped up its freshman cycle with a solid 18% rise over last week’s series low. Fox started the night steady with Glee’s 101st episode even with last week’s 1.1/3, but saw also renewed New Girl (1.2/4) down 7% from its last original on March 11 to tie a series low.
The new beginning was on NCIS (2.5/8) as last night’s show saw the first of a two-parter with Scott Bakula to set up the New Orleans-based spin-off of the procedural. The result was a small 4% rise from NCIS’ March 18 show. Still the series was the most watched show of the night with 17.28 million tuning in. NCIS’ current spin-off NCIS: LA (2.4/7) was the second most watched show of the night with an audience of 15.48 million and also a 4% bop upward among adults 18-49. The real winner of the night for CBS was Person Of Interest (2.0/6) which had an 18% rise over last week’s show to hit its best result among the key demo since February 4. Overall, CBS won the night both among the 18-49s (2.3/7) and total viewers (15 million).
Over on NBC, the first Battles round wrapped up on The Voice (3.3/1) as the competition series slipped 8% to a season low. That lead-in did no favors to new comedies About A Boy (2.0/6) and Growing Up Fisher (1.7/5) which dipped 5% and 6% respectively to tie their lowest results so far. Expect an adjustment downward for About A Boy in the final numbers as the usual Voice overrun is factored out.
ABC was all repeats last night except for a new Mind Games (0.6.2). Already hurting in the ratings since its debut, without new lead-ins the drama stumbled 14% from last week to tie a low for the freshman show. The CW’s Supernatural (0.9/3) was even with its March 18 show but saw a 13% rise in viewership to 2.11 million.
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