'Designated Survivor,' 'Bull' among 5 new series that surpass 10M viewers

The show's lead-in was much steadier, matching last week's 2.1 debut in the demo and averaging 15.2 million total viewers, tops on the night and off 400,000 (3 percent) from last week.

CBS, which appeals to a broad audience that goes beyond 18-to-34-year-olds, won premiere week with 11.2 million viewers, followed by NBC (8.7 million), ABC (5.9 million) and Fox (3.6 million). NBC bet that This Is Us would maintain its strength, giving the dramedy a rather early full season order yesterday.

The new drama averaged a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen, off just 7 percent from last week's debut, which posted a 2.8 and rated as the top new program of the week.

"The Good Place's" first episode in its regular 8:30 p.m. Thursday time slot was third in the slot and 45th for the week, averaging 5.25 million viewers, NBC's largest audience in the time slot with regular programming since September 24, 2015. (1.424 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5). The Mike Schur-produced single-camera struggled a bit in its timeslot premiere on Thursday night, drawing a 1.4 and 5.25 million viewers, but retained most of the audience from lead-in "Superstore". Fox rookie series "Pitch", about the first female pitcher on a Major League Baseball team, pulled in a mere 4.73 million viewers. "Lethal Weapon" fared far better on Wednesday night ahead of "Empire", drawing a 2.2 and 7.8 million viewers.

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This Is Us and Bull join CBS' Kevin Can Wait in strong Week 2 showings. All numbers below are Nielsen's live-plus-same-day numbers, to include the entire week.

ESPN was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 3.19 million people in prime time.

NCIS: New Orleans (1.5, 10.7 million) appears to be settling nicely into its new 10 PM berth.

The "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt's" 10-week winning streak as the most-watched network nightly newscast ended. Scream Queens drew the smallest viewership on the Big 4 last night, 1.75 million. They also had the added benefit of not being scheduled opposite each other - and lead-out of successful series "The Big Bang Theory", "NCIS" and "Black-ish", respectively. "Designated Survivor", a new ABC series that puts "24" star Kiefer Sutherland in the Oval Office following a catastrophe at the Capitol, attracted 10 million viewers.

  • Michelle Webb