Ratings: Pauley Perrette’s ‘NCIS’ Farewell Nabs Nearly 15 Million Viewers

CBS procedural bests “Roseanne” as Tuesday’s top show

Last Updated: May 9, 2018 @ 9:12 AM

“NCIS” fans bid farewell to their beloved Abby Scuito last night, when popular actress Pauley Perrette exited the CBS procedural powerhouse after 15 years.

The drama scored 14.8 million total viewers on Tuesday, when it was easily TV’s top show. “NCIS” posted a 1.6 rating/7 share in the key 18-49 demographic, up 33 percent from last week.

Over on ABC, “Roseanne” landed 10.2 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating/12 share. In their head-to-head half-hour, “NCIS” beat the sitcom revival by 38 percent in terms of total audience averages, though the comedy clearly maintained a huge advantage in the main demo.

All of that said, ABC still managed to tie CBS in the main demo’s overall primetime averages, though CBS blew everyone away in eyeballs.

CBS and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 11.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was third in viewers with 4.7 million.

For CBS, following the 8 o’clock “NCIS,” the “Bull” season finale at 9 landed a 1.3/5 and 11.8 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 10 got a 0.8/4 and 8.1 million viewers.

For ABC, after “Roseanne,” “The Middle” at 8:30 had a 1.5/7 and 5.8 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9 received a 1.2/5 and 4.4 million viewers. At 9:30, “Splitting Up Together” got a 1.0/4 and 3.5 million viewers. “For the People” at 10 settled for a 0.5/2 and 2.1 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.0/4 and second in viewers with 5.6 million. “The Voice” at 8 put up a 1.2/6 and 7.2 million viewers. “Rise” at 9 had a 0.7/3 and 3.8 million viewers. At 10, “Chicago Med” saw a 1.0/4 and 5.8 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 2.3 million. The season (and perhaps series) finale of “Lethal Weapon” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, “New Girl” got a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers. A second episode at 9:30 received the same rating and share, but dipped to 1.4 million viewers.

The CW and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. The CW was fifth in total viewers with 1.42 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.35 million.

For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 1.7 million viewers. At 9, “The 100” got a 0.4/1 and 1.1 million viewers.

Univision was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.30 million.