“Parks and Recreation” kicked off its final season up from last season’s premiere. But the return of Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) and her cohorts didn’t lure more viewers than CBS’ Tuesday night lineup.
NBC aired two episodes of the sitcom back-to-back beginning at 8 p.m. According to Nielsen, both episodes averaged a rating of 1.5 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, up 15% from last season’s premiere in September of 2013. The episodes tied for sixth-most-watched program of the night in the key demo.
About 3.7-million people tuned in to the season 7 launch. The episode that followed at 8:30 p.m. averaged 3.3-million viewers.
NBC, which also aired episodes of “Marry Me,” “About a Boy” and “Chicago Fire,” ended up third in the key demo and overall with a rating of 1.3 in the key demo and about 4.2-million viewers.
CBS topped the night with a rating of 2.2 in the key demo and about 15.3-million viewers. The network’s three shows -- “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Person of Interest” -- nabbed the most viewers of the night.
“NCIS” was No. 1 with a whopping 19.6-million viewers. With a rating of 2.8 in the key demo, the show stayed even with last week.
Its spin-off, “NCIS: New Orleans,” fell 12% from last week with a rating of 2.2 in the key demo. But it was still second-most-watched in the key demo and overall with 16.1-million viewers.
“Person of Interest” was third with 10-million viewers. It rounded out the top five in the key demo with a rating of 1.6, down 6% from last week.
Meanwhile, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agent Carter” dropped 21% from last week’s series premiere. It averaged a rating of 1.5 in the key demo, tying it with “Parks and Recreation” for sixth most watched in that desired category.
The show, set in 1946, is the latest small-screen venture from comic book entertainment powerhouse Marvel. Hayley Atwell reprises her role as spy Peggy Carter from the “Captain America” films. The network is also home to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
With 5-million viewers, “Agent Carter” was sixth overall.
“Shark Tank” was the overall fourth-most-watched program of the night and the most-watched show on ABC with 7.3-million viewers. With a rating of 1.5 in the key demo, the show was down 21% from last week but was third-most-watched in the key demo.
Also on ABC, “Forever” fell 9% from last week with a rating of 1.0 in the key demo. It averaged 4.6-million viewers.
ABC ended up in second with about 5.7-million viewers. It tied with Fox for second in the key demo with a rating of 1.4.
Fox experienced a boost in the key demo with help from its kids’ cooking competition “Masterchef Junior.”
Though down one-tenth from last week with a rating of 1.7 in the key demo, the Gordon Ramsay hosted show was fourth overall in the key demo. It pulled in about 4.9-million viewers.
“New Girl” was also down one tenth from last week with a rating of 1.4 in the key demo. “The Mindy Project” was up 10% from last week with a rating of 1.1 in the key demo.
The network averaged 3.8-million viewers.
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