Once again this week, CBS will claim the top three most watched new shows of the season, with NCIS: New Orleans leading the pack. After a promising second week, Scorpion shed nearly 20% of its demographic audience, so we will have to keep an eye on it to see where it stabilizes. Only two shows (with final numbers) were up week-to-week in the demo, and CBS had one of them. Thanks to the NFL overrun, Madam Secretary jumped two tenths from its second episode. The numbers are very old-skewing, but with the NFL scrambling numbers, CBS may wait until midseason to see how it really performs. Finally, week two of Stalker suffered at typical 15% drop from its already disappointing premiere.
No network had a better week for a new series than The CW. The Flash stormed out of the gate with nearly 5 million viewers and 1.9 A18-49 demo. Its demographic performance was the sixth highest on the week, yes sixth! The Flash finished ahead of thirteen other new series this week. While the show is likely to slip, this very promising start is great news for The CW.
ABC was the most inconsistent network, with some shows performing very well, and others tanking. On the positive side, How to Get Away with Murder was the top-rated drama, and after a hard drop in week two, Black-ish recovered quite nicely. Halfway through the week, both earned full season orders. On the opposite side of the spectrum, week two of Selfie and Manhattan Love Story was not good for either series, both fell more than 25 percent week-to-week. Let’s hope both are off the air sooner rather than later!
Last year was all about NBC, but this year has been less promising thus far. The only new show finding any traction is The Mysteries of Laura, and its demographic performance is lacking. In addition, the comedy offerings are, once again, not the strong point for NBC. Week two of Bad Judge held even vs. its debut, but a 1.3 A18-49 is nothing to brag about. The only other new comedy from NBC, A to Z, fell 17 percent from its already low debut, so its likely 13 and out.
Finally, at the very bottom of the totem pole was FOX. Besides promising Gotham, everything else is struggling for FOX. Get this: four of the five lowest-rated new shows belong to FOX and three of those shows are below 1.0 A18-49 already (Utopia, Red Band Society, and Gracepoint). If Mulaney slips at all this week, it will be the fourth show to join that list. For midseason, FOX is going to have to do a total revamp of their schedule, or the bad news will only continue.
The charts are sorted as follows:
Adults 18-49 Demo / Total Viewers