It’s a battle of the hot dudes in the 8 o’clock hour! The return of CW’s The Flash and star Grant Gustin on Tuesday went up against – and ultimately out-rated – Fox comedies with John Stamos and Rob Lowe among adults 18-49.
The superhero drama earned a 1.4 rating in the key demo and 3.4 million viewers, according to early Nielsen estimates – besting Grandfathered (1.1, 3.7 million) and The Grinder (1.0, 3.1 mil) on Fox. More importantly to CW, The Flash also dominated its timeslot in male teens, earning a 1.6 among 12-17.
But Fox also demonstrated its ability to lure the Snapchat crowd. Once again, Scream Queens won its 9 p.m. timeslot among female teens 12-17, earning a 1.8 rating.
Still, all the Fox shows dropped from the previous week in the 18-49 demo; Scream Queens, in particular, fell to a 1.1 rating and 2.9 million viewers. Like many of the Fox shows, though, the drama sees a major boost in delayed viewing.
Overall, Tuesday belonged to NBC, which earned a winning 2.4 rating in the 18-49 demo thanks to a two-hour installment of The Voice (2.2 rating, 8.7 million). The news wasn’t so good, however, for Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, which dropped 32 percent from last week to a series low 1.3 rating and 4.6 milion viewers.
CBS was tops on Tuesday among total viewers (13.3 million) because of NCIS and NCIS: LA. Fun fact: NCIS won its 8 p.m. timeslot in the 50-plus demo with a whopping 10 rating. Quel surprise! Limitless also held on with a timeslot-winning 1.7 rating in 18-49.
The best news out of ABC was how Fresh Off the Boat (1.8, 4.8 mil) boosted its 18-49 rating by 6 percent from the prior week.