Ratings: CBS Defeats NBC With ‘NCIS’ Franchise Season Finales

ABC edges Fox for third place with three hours of its own season-ending episodes

It was a Tuesday chock-full of season finales, which CBS won, because “NCIS” was one of them.

NBC finished second on the evening and ABC third. The Disney-owned broadcaster just edged Fox in the key 18-49 demographic, despite running three straight hours of season-ending episodes.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 11 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “NCIS” finale at 8 p.m. earned a 1.4/6 and 13.1 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” put up a 1.2/5 and 10.9 million viewers. The “NCIS: New Orleans” season finale at 10 posted a 1.1/4 and 9.1 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 5.9 million. “The Voice” at 8 scored a 1.5/6 and 8.4 million viewers. “Great News” at 9 had a 0.7/3 and 3.5 million viewers. At second episode slipped to a 0.6/2 and 2.7 million viewers. The “Chicago Fire” season finale at 9 received a 1.3/5 and 6.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 3.4 million. “The Middle” at 8 closed its season to a 1.3/6 and 5.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “American Housewife” got a 1.2/5 and 4.4 million viewers. “Fresh Off the Boat” at 9 finished this run with a 1.0/4 and 3.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Imaginary Mary” shuttered for good, closing on a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” had a 0.7/3 and 2.2 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2 million. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8 got a 0.7/3 and 1.7 million viewers. A second episode dipped to a 0.6/2 and 1.4 million viewers. “Prison Break” at 9 received a 0.9/3 and 2.4 million viewers.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 1.7 million. “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.9/4 and 2.4 million viewers. At 9, “iZombie” settled for a 0.3/1 and 910,000 viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1 million.