Ratings: Terrible News – NBC’s ‘Great News’ Plummets Against Original Competition

Sitcom slips about 40 percent from debut night

Great News
NBC's 'Great News'

NBC’s “Great News” may be the latest proof that journalism is dying.

At 9 p.m. last night, the new sitcom slipped 33 percent from the series’ debut. Its second half-hour performed even worse, falling 40 percent from the comparable 9:30 episode last week. You don’t even want to know the math from Episode 1 to Episode 4.

To be fair, in its premiere week, “Great News” went up against some reruns — so those initial numbers were inflated. Last night, the competition was all originals.

Thanks to “The Voice,” NBC still managed to tie CBS across primetime averages in the key 18-49 demographic, though it wasn’t anywhere near the “NCIS” home in terms of total viewers.

CBS and NBC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 10.6 million, according to preliminary numbers; NBC was second with 5.9 million.

For CBS, “NCIS” at 8 posted a 1.4/6 and 12.5 million viewers. At 9, “Bull” put up a 1.2/4 and 10.6 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 received a 1.0/4 and 8.6 million viewers.

For NBC, “The Voice” at 8 had a 1.6/7 and 8.7 million viewers. At 9, “Great News” managed a 0.8/3 and 3.7 million viewers. A second episode at 9:30 settled for a 0.6/2 and 2.6 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago Fire” got a 1.2/5 and 5.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “The Middle” at 8 had a 1.1/5 and 5 million viewers. At 8:30, “American Housewife” got a 1.2/5 and 4.4 million viewers. “Fresh Off the Boat” at 9 landed a 1.0/4 and 3.3 million viewers. At 9:30, “Imaginary Mary” received a 0.7/3 and 2.7 million viewers. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” at 10 finished prime to a 0.7/3 and 2.2 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.1 million. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8 got a 0.6/3 and 1.7 million viewers. At 8:30, the season finale of “The Mick” had a 0.7/3 and 1.9 million viewers. “Prison Break” at 9 received a 0.9/3 and 2.4 million viewers.

The CW and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. The CW was fifth in total viewers with 1.81 million, Univision was sixth with 1.73 million.

For CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 1.0/4 and 2.6 million viewers. At 9, “iZombie” got a 0.3/1 and 984,000 viewers.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 996,000.