Tuesday’s ratings wrap: “Forever” stuns “Person Of Interest”

ForeverThe second night  of the 2014-15 television season is in the books and it looks like we have our first upset.

ABC’s new drama Forever – in its regular Tuesday night time slot (9 p.m.CT/10 p.m. ET) pulled a shocker by sneaking by CBS’ Person Of Interest in the adult 18-49 demo. According to Nielsen, Forever earned a 1.8 rating, up – yes, up six percent from its preview episode the previous night – impressive given shows fall in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in the second telecast.

Even though Forever finished behind NBC’s Chicago Fire (2.7) and FX’s Sons Of Anarchy (2.2), and was outdrawn by Interest (10.6 million) and Fire (9.1 million) in total viewers (6.9 million), to actually grow in its second telecast – and to beat an established show in adults 18-49 in the process – is amazing. If these numbers hold up (or improve), it could nab Forever a full-season pickup.

– In other ratings news, NBC’s The Voice continues to roll on with a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating in the first hour of prime-time – up five percent from the previous night’s episode, beating the season premiere of NCIS (2.9). However, NCIS had the edge in total viewers, 17.2 million to Voice’s 13.2 million.

Coming in third was Dancing With The Stars results show – the only one of the season – with a 1.7 rating and 10 million viewers. Next Tuesday, ABC debuts comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story in this time period. Finishing fourth was Fox’s Utopia with a 0.8 rating and only two million viewers. This number was so bad, that TLC’s 19 Kids And Counting drew a higher rating (1.0).

– While The voice continued to lead into the second hour of prime-time, the new CSI: New Orleans NCIS: New Orleans drew a whopping 17.2 million viewers (flat from its lead-in) and a 2.5 demo rating, beating ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of Shield with a 2.1. However, NCIS: New Orleans dropped 14 percent from its lead-in in the key demo, while Shield was up 24 percent.

Bringing up the rear was Fox’s New Girl (1.3) and The Mindy Project (1.0). Lots of love on social media for these two shows, but it doesn’t translate to ratings.

The CW’s Arrow and Supernatural were in repeats.

All ratings in this article are live plus same day numbers the adult 18-49 demo. 

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