On the heels of the news that Michael Weatherly will be bidding the show adieu (and with The Voice out of the mix), NCIS returned from its holiday break to 18.7 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating, up 21 and 24 percent to hit its best numbers since Feb. 10.
Continuing the crossover event, NCIS: New Orleans (17 mil/2.4) in turn surged 40 percent to deliver its best numbers in a year. Limitless (7.4 mil/1.4) rose 11 percent and a tenth.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
FOX | New Girl christened its new time slot with 3.4 million total viewers and a 1.,4 rating, up from both its May finale (2.2 mil/1.1) and its Season 4 average (2.7 mil/1.3). Grandfathered (3 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth. Brooklyn Nine-Nine marked its Tuesday homecoming with 2.7 mil and a 1.2, down 29 percent from its most recent Sunday outing. The Grinder (2.1 mil/0.8) was up a tenth. (Combined, B99 and Grinder pretty much matched Scream Queens‘ finale, which did 2.4 mil/0.9.)
NBC | Leading out of Hollywood Game Night (which with 4.4 mil and a 1.2 delivered about 40 percent of The Voice’s Tuesday average), Chicago Fire (7.4 mil/1.8) and Chicago Med (8.4 mil/1.9) both were down in audience and two tenths in the demo.
ABC | A Shark Tank special did 4.3 mil and a 1.2 (besting Fox’s 9 o’clock comedy hour), while Beyond the Tank returned to 3.9 mil/1.1.