It was not a good night for two of the freshman offerings, but one surprised, and another continued its stellar first season.
Week two of Bad Judge was the surprise of the night with 5.24 million viewers and 1.3 A18-49. How is that surprising? Bad Judge held onto 100% of its week-ago premiere numbers, despite The Biggest Loser (its lead in) falling a tenth week-to-week. Not many shows hold steady in week two, especially when their lead in is down. These numbers are weak, but if Bad Judge can hold again next week, NBC may have to give the comedy a better timeslot.
While Bad Judge held from last week, its lead out was not so lucky. A new episode of A to Z fell to 3.63 million viewers and 1.0 A18-49, shedding one million viewers and slipping two tenths. The numbers a week ago were bad, and this week they are even worse. NBC will likely stick with A to Z for its entire 13 episodes, since The Blacklist is already scheduled to take over the timeslot in February.
Breakout freshman drama, How to Get Away with Murder attracted 10.81 million viewers and 3.1 A18-49 in its third week on the air. Down only three tenths from the previous week, it appears the bleeding is coming to an end. Another positive note for How to Get Away with Murder is the growth in total viewers and the demo from Scandal (one tenth in the demo, 1.29 million viewers). The hit drama was also given a full season order of 15 episodes on Wednesday evening.
Finally, the bad news at FOX keeps on coming. The second week of Gracepoint dropped from its already low debut to 3.80 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49. Eight episodes remain, so I cannot see FOX pulling the plug, unless the show falls double-digits again next week.
Updated with finals 10/11 at 250pm.