Americans said goodbye to President Obama last night, primarily on NBC.
The peacock-colored broadcast network also did quite well with “The Wall” and “This Is Us,” comfortably topping Tuesday prime time outright. The latter, which is this season’s top freshman drama, actually set a new series record in fast official numbers.
ABC was runner-up in the key 18-49 demographic, CBS finished second among total viewers.
NBC was first in ratings with a 2.3 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted demo and in total viewers with an average of 8.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Wall” at 8 put up a 1.7/6 and 7.1 million viewers. The POTUS speech at 9 earned a 2.5/8 and 8.9 million viewers. The time-shifted “This Is Us” scored a 3.0 and 10.5 million viewers — those are fast official Nielsen numbers.
ABC was second in ratings with a 1.2/4 and third in viewers with 5 million. “The Middle” at 8 had a 1.7/6 and 7.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “American Housewife” got a 1.5/5 and 6 million viewers. The outgoing president’s hour at 9 posted a 1.3/4 and 5.6 million viewers. At 10, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” managed a 0.8/3 and 2.7 million viewers.
CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 1.0/3. CBS was second in total viewers with 7.4 million, Fox was fourth with 3.1 million viewers.
For CBS, sandwiched in-between reruns, the time slot set aside for Obama’s address received a 1.1/3 and 6.7 million viewers.
For Fox, “New Girl” at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 2.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “The Mick” got a 1.1/4 and 3 million viewers. In the 9 o’clock hour, the national address combined with a new “Bones” for a 0.9/3 and 2.8 million viewers.
Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.7/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 2 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.7 million.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 968,000. Following a rerun, “No Tomorrow” at 9 settled for a 0.2/1 and 810,000 viewers.