CBS is No. 1, but new se­ries lag­ging

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - Scott Collins

When the dust set­tled from the first week of the new TV sea­son, CBS emerged on top, with six of the 10 most-watched shows.

The net­work got big num­bers from crime dra­mas such as “NCIS” (19.4 mil­lion view­ers), “NCIS: Los An­ge­les” (15.8 mil­lion) and “The Men­tal­ist” (15.5 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to data re­leased Tues­day by the Nielsen Co.

The No. 1 pro­gram in view­ers was Mon­day’s sea­son pre­miere of “Danc­ing With the Stars” on ABC (21.3 mil­lion), while the prize in adults ages 18 to 49 went to NBC’s Sun­day foot­ball game be­tween the Jets and the Dol­phins (7.3 rat­ing/19 share, 18.2 mil­lion view­ers). Fox’s Sea­son 2 opener of “Glee” was the top-rated en­ter­tain­ment pro­gram in that ad­ver­tiser-friendly de­mo­graphic (5.6 rat­ing/16 share, 12.5 mil­lion).

How­ever, in a sign of a long sea­son ahead for broad­cast­ers, the top 10 lists in both view­ers and the 18-49 de­mo­graphic in­cluded none of the new se­ries heav­ily pro­moted by the net­works. The top new pro­gram was CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” re­make (14.2 mil­lion), which ranked No. 11 in view­ers but barely cracked the top 20 among young adults. Ri­vals had an even tougher time: NBC’s top-rated new show was the com­edy “Out­sourced” at No. 25 in the 18-49 de­mo­graphic, while ABC’s was the com­edy “Bet­ter With You” at No. 48. Fox has al­ready can­celed its drama “Lone Star,” which ranked 75th among young adults.

Over­all, CBS was an easy No. 1 (av­er­ag­ing 12.5 mil­lion view­ers dur­ing prime-time hours), trailed by ABC (9.6 mil­lion), NBC (8.2 mil­lion) and Fox (6.5 mil­lion). CBS also led in 18-49 with a 3.3 av­er­age rat­ing, ahead of ABC and NBC with 2.8 apiece.

Cable qui­eted down dur­ing a week that re­ally be­longed to the broad­cast­ers, with the only rat­ings siz­zle com­ing from the Saints vs. 49ers matchup on ESPN Mon­day night (15.1mil­lion). Here are the rank­ings for na­tional prime-time net­work tele­vi­sion last week (Sept. 20-26) as com­piled by the Nielsen Co. They are based on the av­er­age num­ber of peo­ple who watched a pro­gram from start to fin­ish. Nielsen es­ti­mates there are 295 mil­lion po­ten­tial view­ers in the U.S. ages 2 and older. View­er­ship is listed in mil­lions.

Adam Larkey

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