Ratings: S.H.I.E.L.D. Ticks Up, The Flash Returns Low, iZombie Has Some Bite, The Voice Gives Undateable a Boost

The CW’s iZombie premiered on Tuesday to 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, improving slightly on Supernatural‘s most recent performance in the time slot.

TVLine readers gave the new drama an average grade of “B+.”

Opening The CW’s night, a gloriously bananas episode of The Flash did 3.6 mil and a 1.2, slipping 10 and 20 percent from its previous outing to hit a series low in the demo.


ABC | Leading out of repeats, Agents of SHIELD (4.3 mil/1.6) nonetheless ticked up 13 percent and a tenth.

FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (3.7 mil/1.3) and Mindy Project (2 mil/0.9) were flat.

NBC | The Voice (12.5 mil/3.1) slipped three tenths versus last Tuesday’s 8 o’clock hour. Now with an actual lead-in, Undateable returned to 6.5 mil and a 1.9, up 46 percent from its freshman opener (on a Thursday) and doubling its Season 1 demo average. One Big Happy‘s debut (average grade: C+) retained 5.6 mil/1.6, improving NBC’s average in the 9:30 time slot by 60 percent. Chicago Fire (7 mil/1.6) was down 19 and 24 percent from its previous episode, which enjoyed a Voice lead-in.

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  1. GuessWhat says:

    move some of the new dreck away from big lead-ins and watch the #s tumble
    (e.g., ONE BIG HAPPY away from THE VOICE and ODD COUPLE away from BBT)
    people are that lazy to turn the channel? or better yet, turn the TV off?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      New programming is almost always scheduled after sizable lead-ins. Your point…?

      • GuessWhat says:

        I understand how it works, Sir.

        But I’d love to see them moved and watch the #s tumble.
        Cause the two shows I pointed out are HORRIBLE and don’t deserve that many viewers.
        If either gets renewed that’s a shame — as that eliminates the chance for a better quality show to take its place.
        I guess that’s one point.

        The other point was how lazy people are about turning the channel….STILL…in 2015.
        Blows my mind!

        • LiamB says:

          But that is only your opinion. YOU think they are horrible. YOU think they don’t deserve that many viewers. Not to be a jerk, but just what makes your opinion so special? The fact you seem to believe everyone must share your view or just be “too lazy to change the channel” is a bit childish and arrogant. Put on your big kid pants, realize that you are not representative of everyone, and just grow up.

      • Will says:

        Matt, you come across as a brat.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          Indeed, that was my sisters’ nickname for me when I was a wee lad — “Matt the Brat”! Memories….

    • Daisy says:

      Turn the TV off? Are you lost? Do you know what site you’re on?

  2. Eric7740 says:

    The Flash was AMAZING last night!!! Easily its best episode to date!!! People, you missed a great show last night!!!

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Chicago Fire was great last night. I love that the show is giving other characters besides the obvious leads some story time. It’s such a well rounded cast.

  4. Dean says:

    Not bad for izombie but the true test is the coming weeks ahead. Solid for Big Happy but I’m not optimistic NBC has a poor track record with comedies.

  5. Lynne says:

    Whoever missed Flash last night missed an AMAZING episode!!! Wells… holy f’in sh!t!!!

  6. N says:

    Forever was fantastic!

  7. Michael says:

    iZombie had a fantastic pilot episode can’r wait for ep 2

  8. Drew says:

    Maybe more people watched The Flash the first time around, but skipped it after going back in time and living the day over again. Just a theory.

  9. Ralph says:

    The Flash’s ratings show how hard a prolonged hiatus can hurt a shows ratings. When you have a good thing going don’t stop the train in mid trip!

    • Nona says:

      You are probably right. It had happened with many other TV shows as well. A very extended hiatus on a good show while the show is still on the air and they are still filming is not a good sign things will return as normal as before the show went on hiatus. If they ahve to go on hiatus and it is not yet vacation time for all the shows, at least the hiatus be like one week

    • A fan of TV says:

      I agree with this. Its not always true, but I honestly think the best way for networks to focus on more quality programming that don’t bleed viewers, they should think of shows in similar ways to cable. Shorter seasons to eliminate the filler eps, blocked by quarter, so people know The Flash will always be on from say September to December, or whatever, the same way they now have summer series like Extant and Under the Dome (which aren’t the best examples of quality, but I digress). Networks and their advertisers still view summer as ‘dead time’ in the TV landscape, assuming people are outside instead, so they still have it put aside for ‘event series’ and real guilty pleasure fluff stuff, but the TV landscape is so different they have to be willing to take more chances on short, sharper series. Cable is proof that people will still come back to quality one year later…

    • John NYC says:

      The alternative is stopping it early since 22 weeks doesn’t fill a season and over and over they’ve discovered repeats of serialized shows usually don’t draw viewers.

      I also find the breaks annoying but no more so than the summer.

  10. murley says:

    Yay for an uptick in the Sheild ratings. Hope that continues or at least holds steady.

  11. javadude54 says:

    A more elegant way of writing “13 percent and a tenth” would be 13.1%.

  12. Ken says:

    I finally watched Flash last night. To be honest, I thought the first half of the episode is kinda boring and anticipated. However, the second half is really really good and heart racing.

  13. Nancy says:

    I wonder if CF’s drop could be more storyline related. This week’s episode was really good, but last week’s was boring.