The series premiere of NCIS: New Orleans nabbed 17.22 million viewers and 2.5 A18-49 demo. Retention out of mothership NCIS was a strong 95% among total viewers and 86% in the demo (NCIS attracted 18 million viewers and 2.9 demo). NCIS: New Orleans was one of the safest bets of the season, given the built in name and timeslot. I don’t expect much slippage in week two, but crazier things have happened.
Through three days (and three series premieres), CBS has had a good start to the season. Madam Secretary and Scorpion both launched to over 13 million viewers, with Scorpion doing a 3.2 in the A18-49 demo.
Meanwhile, the good news for Forever keeps coming. After displaying 100% retention from Monday night, final numbers for today show Forever actually growing a tenth from Monday. Night two of Forever was a big positive for ABC, securing 6.85 million viewers and 1.8 A18-49 demo. While that performance may not sound like much, it was up a tenth vs. Monday’s series premiere in the demographic (and down about 2 million viewers). The younger-skewing lead in, Agents of SHIELD, obviously played a major role in the viewership difference. Retention from Agents of Shield was a 86% in the demo, while growing in total viewers. According to ABC, Forever scored the best performance for a Tuesday 10 o’clock premiere, since the 2010 debut of Detroit 187 (which did a 2.2 with a 3.7 lead in). In addition, after final numbers, Forever defeated Person of Interest in the timeslot. Did anyone expect that to happen? Certainly not me! Forever is one to watch for this season.
Updated 9/24 at 8:27pm.