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Ratings: Backstreet Boys Reunion Boosts NBC’s ‘Best Time Ever’

ABC’s ”Wicked City“ dumps 22 percent of weak debut’s demo audience

Perhaps Neil Patrick Harris should just join the Backstreet Boys permanently.

Tuesday’s BSB reunion boosted NBC’s “Best Time Ever” to its best rating yet at 8 p.m.; Kelsey Grammar as guest announcer probably didn’t stifle the growth either either. Later, after a “Voice” recap show, “Chicago Fire” rose in total viewers — the third week in a row that NBC can make that claim.

The CW managed to edge Fox in the key demo and in total viewers. CBS finished first on Tuesday in both categories.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 13.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8, “NCIS” earned a 2.3/7, up 10 percent from last week. It score 16.2 million viewers. One hour later, the lower-rated “NCIS: New Orleans” rose 19 percent to a 1.9/6 and 14 million viewers. “Limitless” had a 1.5/5 at 10 and 7.8 million viewers.

NBC was second in ratings with a 1.7/6 and in viewers with 7.1 million. “Best Time Ever” posted a 1.3/4 — up 18 percent — and 5 million viewers. Following a “Voice” rerun, 10 o’clock’s “Chicago Fire” ticked down five percent in the demo to a 1.8/6, but increased to 8.1 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.2/4 and in viewers with 3.6 million. At 8, “The Muppets” got a 1.4/5 and 4.5 million viewers. Next up, “Fresh Off the Boat” received a 1.5/5 and 4.4 million viewers. “Agents of SHIELD” had a 1.4/4 and 3.8 million viewers after that. “Wicked City” dropped 22 percent from last weak’s soft premiere, managing just a 0.7/2 and 2.4 million viewers.

CW was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 2.663 million. “The Flash” posted a 1.5/5 at 8 and 3.7 million viewers; “iZombie” received a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million viewers after.

Fox was fifth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 2.652 million. “Grandfathered” at 8 had a 1.0/3 and 3.2 million viewers. “The Grinder” at 8:30 got a 0.8/3 and 2.6 million viewers.. At 9, “Scream Queens” received a 1.0/3 and 2.4 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.2 million.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.7 million.