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NBC’s “About a Boy” Ratings Fall, But Show Wins Timeslot

For the first time this season, NBC’s new comedy “About a Boy” suffered an episode-to-episode decline.

Though steep (19%) in the fast nationals, the decline was not enough to rob “Boy” of a first place finish.

Thanks to its 2.1 adults 18-49 rating with 7.89 million viewers, “About a Boy” reigned supreme over timeslot competitors “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 1.5, 4.34 million) and “New Girl” (FOX, 1.3, 2.44 million). CBS’ and The CW’s respective re-runs of “NCIS: LA” and “Supernatural” also fell short of the new comedy’s mark.

Detrimental to the series’ cause was a weaker performance from lead-in “The Voice.” After posting a 4.0 with 14.38 million viewers in last week’s fast nationals, this Tuesday’s edition, now subject to the potential impact of Daylight Savings Time, settled for a 3.4 with 13.15 million.

Following “About a Boy,” NBC aired “Growing Up Fisher” (1.8, 6.54 million) and “Chicago Fire” (2.0, 7.30 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

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