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Ratings: ‘Limitless’ Slip Paves Way for NBC Victory

CBS still tops total viewers; Fox comedies see audience growth

CBS easily topped total viewers on Tuesday, despite seeing a slight slide out of new drama “Limitless.”

NBC finished first in the key 18-49 demographic, edging CBS by one-tenth of a ratings point. For fourth-place Fox, each primetime comedy nudged up in total viewers.

A rerun-heavy ABC finished third on the night, which also featured Major League Baseball competition over on cable.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 7.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Best Time Ever” at 8 p.m. had a 1.2/4 and 4.8 million viewers. “The Voice” at 9 earned a 2.6/8 and 11 million viewers. “Chicago Fire” at 10 posted a 1.7/5 and 7.7 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.7/5 and first in viewers with 12.5 million. “NCIS” at 8 got a 2.1/7 and 16.9 million viewers. “NCIS: New Orleans” at 9 received a 1.6/5 and 12.8 million viewers. “Limitless” at 10 had a 1.3/4 and 7.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.4/4 and in viewers with 4 million. In-between reruns, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” had a 1.5/4 and 3.8 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 2.9 million. “Grandfathered” at 8 got a 1.0/4 and 3.3 million viewers. “The Grinder” at 8:30 received a 0.9/3 and 2.9 million viewers. “Scream Queens” at 9 posted a 1.0/3 and 2.7 million viewers.

The CW was fifth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 2.5 million. “The Flash” at 8 had a 1.4/5 and 3.5 million viewers. At 9, “iZombie” got a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in viewers with 2.1 million.

Telemundo was seventh in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million.