CBS debuted its only new comedy of the fall, and it was not pretty. The series premiere of The McCarthys kicked off its run with 8.78 million viewers and 1.7 A18-49. Retention from Two and a Half Men (11.02 million and 2.4 A18-49) was a 80% among total viewers and 71% in the demo. According to a number of publications, this was the lowest series premiere for a comedy in network history. Needless to say, Mike and Molly may be coming back sooner than we thought.
The other exciting ratings news from CBS is Mom. It aired its second season premiere last night, getting a new episode of The Big Bang Theory as a lead in for the first time. Its season debut brought in 10.56 million viewers and 2.5 A18-49. It is not a great performance, but it really is not horrible either. Retention was underwhelming, at 72% in total viewers and 61% in the demo. It was, however, an improvement over what The Millers had been doing.
It looks like we may soon have our second cancellation of the season. A new episode of A to Z fell to a new series low of 2.56 million viewers and 0.7 A18-49, down another two tenths from last week. Given its low number, I cannot see NBC sticking around for much longer. As for its lead in, Bad Judge, things were not much better: 3.96 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49. Those numbers are pretty ugly too, but I don’t see NBC moving it just yet.
ABC took a slight hit with How to Get Away with Murder. Following Scandal, the freshman drama averaged 8.52 million viewers and 2.7 A18-49, down three tenth from last weeks episode. Still, despite the three tenth loss, a 2.7 demo is very impressive for a 10 o’clock drama. Retention from the aforementioned Scandal was 93% among total viewers and 87% in the demo.
The only other new show on the night was Gracepoint. It held with its number from last week, notching 3.34 million viewers and 0.8 A18-49. Not much else to say.