CBS’ ‘Brief­case’ is week’s top new show

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER -

The CBS al­ter­na­tive se­ries “The Brief­case” drew the largest au­di­ence of last week’s six pre­mieres, while the de­buts of NBC’s “I Can Do That” and “Aquarius” also won their time slots.

“The Brief­case” av­er­aged 6.87 mil­lion view­ers, win­ning its Wed­nes­day 8-9 p.m. time slot and was ninth among the prime-time broad­cast and ca­ble pro­grams air­ing be­tween May 25 and Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to live-plus-same­day fig­ures re­leased Tues­day by Nielsen.

The al­ter­na­tive se­ries “I Can Do That” won its Tues­day 10-11 p.m. time slot, av­er­ag­ing 6.4 mil­lion view­ers, 12th for the week.

The 1.8 rat­ing for “I Can Do That” among view­ers ages 18 to 49 was the high­est for the pre­miere of a sum­mer se­ries since CBS’ “Un­der the Dome” av­er­aged a 3.3 rat­ing on June 24, 2013. NBC, ABC and Fox tar­get view­ers ages 18 to 49, who are also cov­eted by ad­ver­tis­ers be­cause they watch less tele­vi­sion and are harder to reach.

The pe­riod po­lice drama “Aquarius” won its 9-11 p.m. Thurs­day time slot, av­er­ag­ing 5.67 mil­lion view­ers, 18th for the week.

Fox’s two pre­mieres both drew a lack­lus­ter re­sponse from view­ers. The com­pe­ti­tion se­ries “Bulls­eye” was sixth in its Wed­nes­day 9-10 p.m. time slot and 65th for the week, av­er­ag­ing 3.32 mil­lion view­ers.

The first orig­i­nal episode of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” on Fox since 2009 was fifth in its Tues­day 8-9 p.m. time slot and 67th for the week, av­er­ag­ing 3.3 mil­lion view­ers.

NBC was the most watched net­work dur­ing the first full week of televi- sion’s sum­mer sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 5.49 mil­lion. It had the week’s most-watched pro­gram, the sea­son pre­miere of “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent,” which av­er­aged 11.09 mil­lion view­ers, the only pro­gram to av­er­age more than 9 mil­lion view­ers.

The week’s most­watched ca­ble pro­gram was ESPN’s cov­er­age of the Golden State War­riors’ West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nalsclinch­ing victory over the Hous­ton Rock­ets, which av­er­aged 8.89 mil­lion view­ers, sec­ond among the week’s prime-time pro­grams.


“THE BRIEF­CASE” gives hard-work­ing fam­i­lies such as Miami’s Ven­dely-Salgados a dif­fi­cult choice.

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