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How Did 'Gotham' Fare Against TV's Highest Rated Sitcom in the Ratings Last Night?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 23, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 23, 2014 |

The premiere of the Batman prequel, Gotham performed decently last night, although not as well as Agents of SHIELD performed when it debuted last year with something like 12 million viewers. Gotham kicked off with a sizable 8 million viewers, but more importantly, it scored a great 3.2 in the demo, and that’s before DVR viewership is accounted for (for comparison’s sake, the overnight demo rating for a show like Modern Family — network TV’s second highest rated sitcom — is around a 3.5).

The ratings are even better once you consider that it was up against the season premiere of television’s highest rated sitcom, Big Bang Theory, which has shifted to Mondays on CBS while Thursday Night Football plays out on the network. Big Bang Theory continued to be huge, tallying 17.9 million viewers and a 5.3 in demo. That helped the series premiere of yet another CBS procedural, Scorpion, perform strongly at 9 p.m. on CBS, with 14 million viewers and a 3.3.

CBS clearly does well in overnight ratings because their model (procedurals) still seems to be built around succeeding in the overnight ratings game. Given the fact that the average age of a CBS viewer is 57, chances are most of its shows do not perform as well on laptops, iPads, and DVRs, which increasingly will be what matters the most.

Meanwhile, Sleepy Hollow tumbled significantly from both its season premiere last season (10 million) and its season finale (6.9 million), putting up a less than spectacular 5.5 million viewers, and a 2.0 in the demo. Granted, Hollow is very much a show that plays well on DVRs. Does it get double the ratings if you watch twice, because I had to watch it again in order to figure out what the f*ck is going on with that show. The fake-out opening sequence sent my brain reeling, and I never quite recovered.

In other ratings news, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars were on last night. I give no fucks.

Source: TVBytheNumbers

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