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Ratings: NBC’s “Shades of Blue” Rises In Week Three; “Heroes Reborn” Finale Steady

Last week, NBC executives watched “Shades Of Blue” fall by 28% from its promising premiere rating.

This week, they are likely breathing a sigh of relief. Based on preliminary data, “Shades” managed a slight gain for its third episode.

Nielsen’s fast national data reveals a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating and 6.933 million viewership for Thursday’s episode.

Last week’s “Shades” posted a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating and 6.641, which trailed the premiere’s 1.8 rating and 8.550 million viewer mark.

Particularly notable about the uptick is that it came despite a loss for lead-in “The Blacklist.” Last week’s “Blacklist” posted a 1.6 with 7.472 million viewers, while this week’s drew a 1.5 with 7.295 million.

NBC’s night opened with the finale of “Heroes Reborn” (1.0, 3.790 million). It was roughly on par with last week’s performance (1.0, 3.834 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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