The ratings are in for the first week of the new broadcast network television season, and though we don’t pay as much attention to network television as we once did, this particular premiere week had a few gems that we at least tentatively plan to watch, so it’s important to know whether or not to expect that they’ll be ripped away from us soon by the cancellation bear.
We do have Live+3 ratings for all the first three days of last week, but we’ll have to do with overnight ratings for the latter half.
Here’s how it looks:
On Monday, The Good Place had a giant debut in its first outing, following The Voice, rating as the highest debuting comedy of the season so far. Unfortunately, it did not do as well on Thursday, but it gave NBC much better numbers than they are accustomed to in the slot, so expect at least a full season order for the Mike Schur sitcom. Likewise, Superstore did well on Thursday, and it has already received a full-season order (if you haven’t watched, it comes from a couple of The Office writers, and it’s much, much better than the NBC promos might suggest).
CBS’s new Kevin James series, Kevin Can Wait, also had big numbers following Big Bang Theory, but I suspect you guys are less interested in that. Gotham continued to perform modestly well for Fox, and Lucifer had a somewhat promising debut (I haven’t seen the series yet, so I can offer no opinion).
On Tuesday, NBC’s This is Us was huge (and rightfully so), and it held strong last night in the overnight ratings. That series has also been picked up for a full season of 18 episodes, so you can safely check in. Bull on CBS also did incredibly well, but it’s a procedural based on a jury consulting firm based on the early life of Dr. Phil, so pass.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl continued to perform modestly, at least well enough to survive this season, if not longer, assuming there’s no sudden drop off in viewers. Agents of Shield continues to hold steady on ABC, while Scream Queens on Fox is showing further signs of deterioration. That show was ridiculous, and I bailed midway through last season when the Ryan Murphyitis began to set in.
On Wednesday, Empire continued to dominate the night in drama, and Modern Family inexplicably continued humming along on the comedy side. However, Designated Survivor was the big debut of the night, and it did smashingly well. Expect a full season order for that series soon. The debut of Lethal Weapon did OK numbers for a show following Empire, but it didn’t exactly light up any Nielsen boxes. That terrible, terrible episode of Black-ish (basically a half hour ad for Disney World) did well, as did The Goldbergs in its new Tuesday night slot. Minnie Driver’s new show Speechless, which was much better than I was expecting, also performed solidly for the time slot.
Thursday is where it gets tricky, and assuming there’s not a ton of added viewers from time shifters, things don’t look great for Piper Perabo’s new series, Notorious nor Fox’s surprising strong Pitch. Neither put up strong numbers. Pitch is likely to run out its 13-episode first season, but not likely to gain a second season if ratings continue to hold as is, while Notorious could be a potential early casualty.
On Friday, the MacGyver reboot inexplicably did strong numbers (despite bad reviews), while over on Fox, the television adaptation of The Exorcist did OK for a Friday night series, but it was nothing to write home about. Reviews have been mixed to positive, so it might get to run out its first season. I would wait before sampling it, though.
There’s nothing to discuss on Saturday, but on Sunday, Fox’s new Son of Zorn did meh in its second outing, while Last Man on Earth continued to drop in its debut. In fact, its ratings were downright lousy. Likewise, Quantico didn’t do very well in its second season debut. Don’t bet on a third, which is good, because it frees Priyanka Chopra to do literally anything else.