Ratings: NCIS: New Orleans Opens Big, Chicago Fire Returns Strong, Forever Rises, NCIS and Fox Sitcoms Slip

NCIS New Orleans Ratings

CBS may have a big, easy hit on its hands, as NCIS: New Orleans this Tuesday night premiered to 17.2 million total viewers (per finals), up 5 percent from what NCIS: LA did a year ago.

In the demo, however, New Orleans (with a 2.5 rating) was down 17 percent from LA‘s most recent premiere. TVLine readers gave it an average grade of “B-.”

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Opening the Eye’s night, NCIS (average grade: “A-“) returned to 18.2 mil and a 2.9, up from its finale but down 10 and 19 percent from its Season 11 premiere and delivering its lowest-rated opener since 2003. Person of Interest (average grade: “A-“) at 10 pm drew 10.6 mil/1.7, falling 15 and 26 percent from last year’s opener, to a premiere low.

Elsewhere….

NBC | The Voice (13.2 mil/4.1) ticked up two tenths from Monday’s opener (to its best Tuesday rating since October), while an incendiary Chicago Fire (9.1 mil/2.6 per finals, average grade “B+”) was off a tenth from its previous premiere yet drew its second-best numbers ever.

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ABC | Leading out of Dancing With the Stars (10 mil/1.7) and christening its later time slot, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (6 mil/2.1, average grade “A-“) returned up a bit from its freshman finale but down 50 and 55 percent from its boffo series launch. Forever‘s time slot premiere (6.9 mil/1.8) shed a few eyeballs versus Monday’s sneak peek but ticked up in the demo, and with a softer lead-in. Up sharply from Lucky 7‘s year-ago launch (4.4 mil/1.3), Forever also marks ABC’s best Tuesdays-at-10 fall premiere since Detroit 1-8-7 circa 2010.

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FOX | Utopia (1.9 mil/0.8) dropped 20 percent week-to-week. Facing much stiffer competition in Week 2, New Girl (2.3 mil/1.3) and The Mindy Project (2.1 mil/1.0) each slipped 23 percent.

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