This is easily the top “live plus same-day” demo rating for an entertainment telecast this season — well above the 5.4 earned by the season premiere of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” And among all primetime programs, it ties at No. 1 with the “Sunday Night Football” game between the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys, which did an 8.7 rating in 18-49 for NBC two weeks ago.
ABC finally realized if you put a quality family comedy behind ‘Modern Family’ it will actually do well. ‘Blackish' opened to a 3.3, and 10.8 million viewers, or 90% of the 'Modern Family's 3.7 rating (10.9 million total).
‘Red Band Society' fell to a 1.0 in week 2, 'Mysteries of Laura' is skewing old as it won 8 pm in total viewers with 9.9 million, but came in 3rd with 1.5 in the demo.
‘Gotham' did a 3.2 rating and pulled in 8 million viewers, which is quite good against 'BBT's massive 5.3 and 17.9 million viewers.
Other points of interest: ‘Scorpion' rolled huge off 'BBT' with a 3.3 debut and 14M viewers. 'Sleepy Hollow' returned .4 down from its finale to a 2.0 and 5.5M viewers (it grows in DVR watches though).
‘Blacklist' too held up with a 3.4 and 12.4M viewers (it gains 6M from DVR) thanks in part to the 'The Voice' and its 3.9 and 18M viewers. 'Forever' debuted on ABC to a 1.5 and 8.2M viewers.
People are still watching TV on Mondays it seems.
Red Band Society did 4 million viewers and “an anemic” 1.3 rating in adults 18-49. ’Mysteries of Laura’ on NBC on the other hand, “had a healthy 10.4 million viewers and a 2.1 rating,” benefitting greatly from it’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ lead in. We’ll see how well it does when it moves to 8 pm.
The creatively rebooted Fox comedy returned to only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 45 percent from last year’s debut. The third season return of companion comedy The Mindy Project had an even sadder story, with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, down 32 percent.
I liked the premiere and thought it was overall funny and well balanced. I don’t think a creative renaissance will bring back viewers on its own though.