It was a busy Wednesday night, with each network getting in on the action. CBS had the debut of Stalker, ABC aired week two of Black-ish, the third episode of The Mysteries of Laura aired on NBC, and FOX aired a new episode of Red Band Society.
The series premiere of Stalker debuted to 9.05 million viewers and 2.0 A18-49. Similar to the debut of NCIS: New Orleans, this is an okay start (it won its timeslot), but kind of disappointing (only tied CSI from one year ago). Retention out of Criminal Minds (11.65 million viewers / 2.7 A18-49) was only 77% among total viewers and 74% in the 18-49 demo. Given most shows drop 10-20% in week two, CBS may have to look for a new timeslot holder soon, or hope that Stalker holds strong.
Over at ABC, week two of Black-ish was a lot less promising this week, but still solid with 8.29 million viewers and 2.6 A18-49. Compared to its premiere one week earlier, Black-ish was down 21% in the 18-49 demographic and 26% in total viewers. Retention out of Modern Family was 79% among total viewers and 70% in the demo.
The Mysteries of Laura continues to surprise, notching 8.98 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49 demo. While The Mysteries of Laura may not be a demo magnet, its total viewership is quite strong. Whether or not NBC values that remains to be seen. Versus’ last week, The Mysteries of Laura was down 11% in total viewers and even in the demographic.
Finally, over at FOX, the bleeding appears to have stopped for Red Band Society. The latest episode attracted 3.33 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49 demo, even with last weeks performance. Retention did decrease from last week; however, holding onto 79% of the demographic audience from Hell’s Kitchen. Red Band Society is still heading toward cancellation, but appears it will remain on the schedule for all 13 episodes.
Updated with final numbers 10/2 at 958pm.