As far as new shows go, no network had a better week than CBS. They have four new series on the air, and all were up or even week-to-week. NCIS: New Orleans was up two tenths from last week for its second best performance yet (despite a declining NCIS lead in), Madam Secretary inched up without the NFL, and Scorpion held strong, even with The Millers as its new lead in. Stalker was also even with last week, but its retention was a tad worse. As per usual, the top three most watched new shows, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary, and Scorpion, belonged to CBS.
With declines on the week, the CW still rewarded its two freshman series with a full season order. The Flash fell for the second straight week, but the CW is not turning away a show doing a 1.5 demo. After an OK premiere, Jane the Virgin also slipped. The year-to-year timeslot increases, however, have been significant.
As has been the case most of the time this season, ABC had some shows do well, and others fall. Breakout drama How to Get Away with Murder increased for the first time this season, giving the network a sigh of relief. If ABC needed evidence Murder was a big show, it lies in the fact it was only one of two 10 o’clock shows on broadcast for the entire week to do better than a 2.0 demo (it did a 3.0!). Black-ish had an odd week, growing in total viewers but shedding a tenth in the demo. ABC’s Tuesday comedy block is one step closer to extinction. ABC pulled the plug on Manhattan Love Story after four low rated episodes. Selfie will replace it (at least for a week), but its not doing well either. Come on ABC, nobody cares if you cancel it either.
NBC’s comedy troubles continued this week. After a promising debut from Marry Me, it fell five tenths and demonstrated horrible retention in both total viewers and the demo. Over on Thursday nights, both Bad Judge (1.0) and A to Z (0.9) fell to new lows too. Perhaps NBC just isn’t cut out for comedy anymore. On the drama side of things, Constantine started OK on Friday, and The Mysteries of Laura dipped a tenth.
The network with the most trouble this season has been FOX. Luckily for them, the World Series has begun, pre-empting a number of shows that had been struggling (including Red Band Society and Utopia). The shows that weren’t pre-empted, however, fell from the previous week. Gotham remains a glimmer of hope on the FOX lineup, declining only a tenth from last week. Gracepoint held from its series, even with Bones airing an encore for a lead in.