NCIS” rolled to the top of the Tuesday ratings with a poignant performance by Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl and a gruesome mystery about frozen bodies.
The CBS drama averaged 13.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratings. Ruehl played the mother of Special Agent Alex Quinn (Jennifer Esposito). Alex realized her mother was battling dementia.
CBS had the most viewers in other time slots: “Bull” with 11.3 million viewers and “NCIS: New Orleans” with 8.9 million. The early ratings just hint at the eventual audience, but CBS predicted Live+7 Day viewing would grow: “NCIS” to 16.8 million, “Bull” to 14.8 million and “NCIS: New Orleans” to 12.7 million.
CBS also managed to tie NBC with the 18-to-49 age group for the night. But “The Voice,” NBC’s singing contest, remained the night’s favorite show with young adults. The Mark Harmon “NCIS” was second, and the return of “Prison Break” on Fox was third.
In total viewers, “The Voice” drew 9.5 million. The audience dipped for “Trial & Error” (3.4 million), then rebounded for “Chicago Fire” (6.3 million).
The best showing on other networks: ABC’s “The Middle” with 5.4 million total viewers, “Prison Break” with 3.8 million and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” with 1.5 million.
Prime-time averages for the broadcast networks: CBS with 11.3 million, NBC with 6.4 million, ABC with 3.6 million, Fox with 2.9 million and The CW with 1.2 million.