Maybe it was the Hillary & Bernie effect, but broadcast TV was down across the board on Tuesday with some shows suffering double-digit declines versus last week.
Despite competition from the debate on CNN, NBC won the night in adults 18-49, according to early Nielsen results. Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (4.4 million) earned a 1.2, down 8 percent from last week, while The Voice dominated in the key demo with a 2.5 rating and 9.9 million viewers (though that’s down from the last time it aired on a Tuesday). The net also premiered a new season of Chicago Fire, which earned a decent (though down) 1.8 rating and 7.3 million viewers. NBC estimates Voice should grow to a 3.6 while Chicago Fire will jump to a 3.1 after a week of delayed viewing.
Each 18-49 ratings point is worth 1.27 million viewers.
CBS was second for the night in the key demo, though all of its dramas lost some traction. NCIS (15.7 million) earned a 2.0, down 9 percent; followed by NCIS: New Orleans (12.2 million) with a 1.5, down 12 percent; and Limitless (8 million) with a 1.4, down 18 percent. Still, CBS was first for the night in viewers with 12 million.
ABC came in third with all of its shows taking some hits. The Muppets (4.4 million) earned a 1.3, down 24 percent, followed by Fresh off the Boat (4 million) with a 1.4, down 22 percent, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (3.7), with a 1.4, down 13 percent. That was a repeat of Shark Tank at 10.
Fox came in fourth with Grandfathered (3.3 million) down two-tenths with a 1.0 and The Grinder (2.5 million) down one-tenth to a .9. Scream Queens (2.4 million), which enjoys a huge lift from delayed viewing, earned a 1.0 — down two tenths from last week.
On CW, The Flash (3.3 million) dropped 7 percent to a 1.3 and iZombie (1.7 million) was down 29 percent to a .5. But the superhero show at 8 continues to be a top performer for CW; it was the No. 1 show for the night in adults 18-34 and men 18-34.