Disappointing Start for CBS Military Drama ‘The Code’

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Household Rating/Share
CBS: 6.0/11, NBC: 4.0/ 7, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 1
Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +25, NBC: no change, Fox: -26, ABC: -41, CW: -54
Ratings Breakdown:
It was another clean Tuesday household overnight sweep for CBS care of dramas “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 8.0 rating/14 share at 8 p.m.), the series premiere of “The Code” (5.4/ 9 at 9 p.m.) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (4.6/ 8 at 10 p.m.). While “The Code” was certainly sampled, it dropped by 32 percent from “NCIS” and was 13 percent below “FBI” one week earlier (6.2/11 on April 2). Since most new series drop in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider the overnights this first episode of “The Code” somewhat disappointing.
In time period premiere news, recent NBC drama entry “The Village” scored a 3.2/ 6 in the household overnights at 9 p.m. Comparably, this dropped from lead-in “The Voice” (#2: 5.2/ 9 at 8 p.m.) by 38 percent. And it was 48 percent below the season finale of “This Is Us” last week (6.2/10).
In season (or series) finale news, a 2.0/ 3 (#3) in households for ABC comedy “Splitting Up Together” at 9:30 p.m. means there is unlikely to be a third season. Earlier in the evening in the alphabet net was its sluggish sitcom combination of “American Housewife” (#3: 2.6/ 5 at 8 p.m.), “The Kids Are Alright” (#3t: 2.1/ 4 at 8:30 p.m.) and critically acclaimed “black-ish” (#3: 2.3/ 4 at 9 p.m.).
At 10 p.m., the return of NBC medical drama “New Amsterdam” (#2: 3.5/ 7) bested ABC’s competing “The Rookie” (#3: 2.8/ 5) by 25 percent.
Elsewhere, Fox and The CW were at typical Tuesday overnight levels as follows:
8:00 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife”: 2.6/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS”: 7.9/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.1/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)
8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Kids Are Alright”: 2.1/ 4 (#3t)
CBS – “NCIS”: 8.0/14 (#1)
NBC – “The Voice”: 5.3/ 9 (#2)
Fox – “MasterChef Junior”: 2.1/ 4 (#3t)
CW – “The Flash” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)
9:00 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Code” (series premiere): 5.6/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Village” (time period premiere)
Fox – “Mental Samurai”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Roswell, New Mexico”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)
9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Splitting Up Together” (season or series finale): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “The Code” (series premiere): 5.2/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “The Village” (time period premiere): 3.0/ 5 (#2)
Fox – “Mental Samurai”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Roswell, New Mexico”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)
10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie”: 2.8/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 4.6/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “New Amsterdam”: 3.6/ 6 (#2)
10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Rookie”: 2.7/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans”: 4.5/ 9 (#1)
NBC – “New Amsterdam”: 3.4/ 7 (#2)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
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