'About a Boy' ratings rise, but 'SHIELD' return dips

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About a Boy kinda-sorta set a ratings record for NBC on Tuesday night.

The new series is the only comedy this season to see bigger ratings for its second episode vs. its first. Rivals would scoff at this claim, however, because About a Boy‘s first episode aired after the Olympics on a Saturday, repeated after The Voice last week, and then the second episode aired after The Voice last night — so it’s roll-out has been all kinds of wonky and should probably eradicate any notion that this is an apples-to-apples comparison with other shows. Still, as we’ve pointed out many-many times before, a network cannot force viewers to watch a program, and a gain is a gain is a gain. About a Boy ratings are up 18 percent (chart below), and for NBC that’s a very good thing. Fellow blind-dad freshman comedy Growing Up Fisher was steady, which was a minor miracle. NBC’s The Voice and Chicago Fire were both up slightly.

Most other networks did not fare so well. Last night also saw the return of Marvel’s Agent’s of SHIELD, sadly dropping 23 percent to a series low. The Goldbergs was steady, Trophy Wife dipped to a low and Christian Slater’s new drama Mind Games plummeted 45 percent for its second episode and is cooked. CBS’ dramas were all down between 6 and 9 percent to season lows, including the 250th episode of NCIS (that’s right: some people have watched 250 hours of NCIS). Fox’s Glee also hit a series-low rating — if you exclude last fall’s Thanksgiving episode — while New Girl improved slightly and Brooklyn Nine-Nine was steady. The CW was flat. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW  18-49 RATING  TOTAL VIEWERS (+000)
FOX 8-9P GLEE- 1.0 2,595
9:00P NEW GIRL- 1.5 2,927
9:30P BRKLYN 9-9- 1.3 2,615
ABC 8-9P MARVL-SHLD- 1.7 5,114
9:00P GOLDBERGS- 1.6 4,157
9:30P TROPHY WIF- 0.8 2,643
10-11P MIND GAMES- 0.6 2,120
CBS 8-9P NCIS- 2.4 17,684
9-10P NCIS:LA- 2.1 14,285
10-11P PERSON-INT- 1.7 10,586
NBC 8-9P VOICE- 4.0 14,376
9:00P ABOUT-BOY- 2.6 8,713
9:30P GRWNG-FSHR- 2.0 7,056
10-11P CHCGO FIRE- 1.9 7,089
CW 8-9P ORIGINALS- 0.8 1,849
9-10P SUPRNATURAL- 0.9 2,038
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