UPDATE, 3:02 PM: Looks like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. had an even better Tuesday than preliminary fast nationals first indicated. The superspy agency series drew a 2.1/7 among adults 18-49 in final fast nationals. That’s a rise of a tenth from earlier. The only other change on ABC was newbie Mind Games who slipped a tenth to 0.8/3. Over on NBC, The Voice was adjusted up a 3% to 3.5/12, which is still a season low among the key demo for the singing competition. Freshmen comedies About A Boy and Growing Up Fisher both dropped a tenth from their preliminary fast nationals to 2.0/6 and 1.7/5. Chicago Fire also went down a tenth to 1.9/6
PREVIOUS, 9:20 AM: It wasn’t Captain America, Iron Man or Thor, but the bigger Marvel universe reared its superpowered head on ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. Asgardian Lady Sif from the Thor pics, played by Jaime Alexander, showed up to work with Coulson and the team against villainess Lorelei, who appeared on Earth last week to get up to no good. These kind of Marvel properties crossovers are what the company has come to excel at on the big screen and, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier opening soon, has long been many a fanboy’s dream for the freshman ABC TV show. Iit certainly gave S.H.I.E.L.D. a much-needed lift: Last night’s show was up 11% in adults 18-49 from the series low the ratings roller-coastering S.H.I.E.L.D. hit last week.
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Lead-outs The Goldbergs (1.5/5) and Trophy Wife (0.9/3) had not-half bad nights themselves. The former was even with last week’s show, and the latter, which hit a series low last week, was up 13% among the key demo from its March 4 show. That upward streak also continued to previously faltering Mind Games. With a 0.9/3 preliminary fast nationals result, the third week of the Christian Slater-Steve Zahn drama shot up 50% in the demo from its March 4 episode.
With blind auditions coming to a close, the second show of the third week of the sixth season of The Voice (3.4/12) fell 17% to a season low. Still The Voice was by far the night’s highest-rated and, with 13.14 million tuning in, most-watched show. The Voice decline carried over to newbie About A Boy (2.1/6). In its second week and with a minute of spillover from Voice, the comedy was down 19% from its 2.6 preliminary fast national of last week and down 16% from the 2.5 final. Fellow freshman Growing Up Fisher (1.8/5) was down 9% from the 2.0 it had in early numbers and dipped 5% from the 1.9 of its final numbers. Something was definitely smoldering on Chicago Fire (2.0/7) last night: The Windy City drama didn’t make any big gains, but with a 5% rise in 18-49s over last week, it certainly held its own again. NBC won the night in the demo (2.4/8) and was second in total viewers (9.22 million) behind CBS’ encores.
Over on Fox, the 99th episode of Glee (0.9/3) saw the New Directions at a nationals competition in LA. The show, which also featured a homage to the Finn Hudson character played by Cory Monteith, was down 10% from its March 4 episode to a tie a series low. Comedies New Girl (1.3/4) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.2/3) were down 8% and 13% from last week to hit a series low and a season low respectively.
At 8 PM, the CW’s The Originals (0.9/3) was up 12% from its March 4 episode. The show was pre-empted in the Chicago market due to NBA basketball so expect more of an adjustment that usual later on.
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