TV Ratings: ‘Weird Loners’ tanks, ‘Dovekeepers’ skews old and ‘NCIS’ leads Tuesday

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

“NCIS” delivered Tuesday's best numbers to lead CBS to an overall win, though an old-skewing debut for “The Doverkeepers” dropped CBS into a tie in the key demo.

In addition to “Dovekeepers,” Tuesday's big premiere was “Weird Loners,” which tanked aggressively, doing only a 0.7 in the key demo, serving mostly to make FOX look back with nostalgia on the numbers for “The Mindy Project.” FOX also saw an ugly number for “New Girl,” which celebrated its renewal by drawing only 2.3 million viewers and hitting The Mulaney Line.

Let's get to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, CBS and and NBC averaged a 1.4 rating for Tuesday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was third with a 1.2 key demo rating, while FOX and The CW tied with a 1.0 key demo rating for the night.

Overall, CBS dominated with an estimated 11.43 million viewers and a 7.4 rating/12 share for Tuesday night. NBC was a distant second with 5.61 million viewers and a 3.7/6, topping ABC's 2.8/5 and 4.265 million viewers. FOX's 2.74 million viewers and 1.7/3 narrowly beat the 2.7 million viewers and 1.6/3 for The CW.

8 p.m. – “NCIS” led the 8 p.m. hour with 16.325 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, far ahead of the 8.37 million viewers and 1.9 key demo rating for NBC's “The Voice” clip show. ABC was third overall and fifth in the key demo with “Fresh Off The Boat” (4.82 million and a 1.3 key demo) and “Repeat After Me” (3.36 million and a 0.9 key demo rating. The CW's “The Flash” averaged 3.5 million viewers to edge the 3.36 million viewers for “Hell's Kitchen,” while both shows averaged a 1.2 key demo rating.

9 p.m. – The first hour of “The Dovekeepers” averaged 9.785 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour for CBS, finishing third with a 1.1 key demo rating.  NBC was second with steady “Undateable” (5.05 million and a 1.4 key demo) and “One Big Happy” (3.98 million and a 1.2 key demo). ABC's “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was third overall with 4.17 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating. FOX followed with “New Girl” (2.32 million and a 1.0 key demo) and the series premiere for “Weird Loners” (1.92 million and a 0.7 key demo). The CW's “iZombie” slipped a hair with 1.9 million viewers and was flat with a 0.7 key demo rating.

10 p.m. – “Dovekeepers” was down to 8.19 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour and tied for the lead with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “Forever” averaged 4.53 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, topping the 3.94 million viewers and 0.9 key demo rating for NBC's “Chicago Fire” repeat.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.