Week Four (October 12-18)

how the new shows didAs per usual, CBS dominated among total viewers this week, with NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, and Madam Secretary taking the top three spots.  Despite the solid finish in viewership, Scorpion was the only drama from CBS to finish in the top five in the demo (finishing tied for third).  CBS is having a very average season when it comes to their new offerings.

NBC debuted one of the two new series on the week.  Marry Me, which followed The Voice, got off to a solid start, finishing seventh on the week in viewership and fifth in the demo.  Before we make any judgments, its best to wait for a few more weeks of data.  Elsewhere, after spending some time in the middle of the pack, The Mysteries of Laura jumped to number five in viewership for the week.  Whether that is good enough remains to be seen.

The other network to debut a new series this week was The CW.  Monday nights premiere of Jane the Virgin ranks last in both measures for new series, but that is not what matters here.  What does matter is that the new drama scored the best numbers in its timeslot in nearly two years.  We still need more data, but that is at least a promising start.  Meanwhile, week two of The Flash impressed, falling only two tenths from its big debut.  The Flash will finish tied for seventh in the demo on the week.  Not too shabby for a new series from The CW.

ABC gave How to Get Away with Murder and Black-ish full season orders last week, and this week, both shows were down 10% and 14%, respectively.  Despite the week-to-week drops, both will finish as the top drama and comedy in the demo yet again this week.  Cristela dropped a mere tenth in its second week, giving promise to the Friday night comedy block.  As for the rest of the ABC lineup, its probably one they would  rather forget.  Tuesdays are quickly becoming a disaster again, with Selfie and Forever falling to new lows.

Finally, good ole FOX brings up the rear.  Again, the only series to show any traction is Gotham, which will finish tied for third on the week in the demo.  Everything else is way down the list (way, way down).  Last weeks DOA Mulaney perked up a tenth, as did all-but-cancelled Red Band Society.  Ten-part mystery Gracepoint dropped to a new low and came within a tenth of dud-Utopia.  Simply put, FOX is a mess.

The charts are sorted as follows:
Adults 18-49 Demographic / Total Viewership





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