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Ratings: First ‘NCIS’ Without Pauley Perrette Comes Back Down to Earth

But, you know, is still easily Tuesday’s top show

Last Updated: May 16, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Last week, Pauley Perrette’s final “NCIS” drew almost 15 million “live” viewers — a huge number. That overall audience tally makes last night’s 12.5 million viewers feel almost mortal. Still, when one counts every single eyeball, “NCIS” drowned all of its Tuesday competition.

ABC’s “Roseanne” was the next closest with 10.6 million total viewers, and the revived sitcom’s 2.6 rating/12 share in the key demo blew everything else — including “NCIS,” which had a 1.2/5 — away. Unfortunately, that old/new hit show runs for just one of six half-hours.

Though neither of those two series aired their season finale’s last night, we had plenty of those elsewhere. Read on below to find out how each show did according to Nielsen.

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, per preliminary numbers. Following “Roseanne,” “The Middle” at 8:30 put up a 1.4/6 and 6.3 million viewers. The “Black-ish” season finale at 9 had a 1.2/5 and 5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Splitting Up Together” got a 1.0/4 and 3.6 million viewers. “For the People” at 10 received a 0.6/2 and 2.2 million viewers.

CBS and NBC tied for second in ratings, both with a 1.0/4. CBS was first in total viewers with 10.5 million, NBC was second with 5.9 million.

For CBS, following “NCIS,” the 9 o’clock hour of the 120-minute “NCIS: New Orleans” season finale had a 1.0/4 and 9.9 million viewers. At 10, the show dipped to a 0.8/3 and 9 million viewers.

For NBC, “The Voice” at 8 posted a 1.4/6 and 8 million viewers. At 9, the “Rise” series finale received a 0.7/3 and 4.2 million viewers. The “Chicago Med” season finale at 10 got a 0.9/4 and 5.5 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million. “MasterChef” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.7 million viewers. At 9 and 9:30, both parts of Fox’s two-episode “New Girl” series finale got a 0.6/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million. “The Flash” at 8 received a 0.7/3 and 1.9 million viewers. At 9, “The 100” managed a 0.4/1 and 1.1 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was sixth in total viewers with 1.4 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.