Premiere Ratings: Ringer Opens Well, Parenthood Down from Year Ago

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Ringer didn’t exactly do doppelgangbusters in its premiere, but it did give The CW its largest audience in the Tuesdays-at-9 time slot in more than three years — since 90210‘s two-hour series debut.

With 2.74 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, Ringer also delivered 66 and 50 percent better numbers than Life Unexpected did in the time slot a year ago.

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Of course, the true test of how much the show twin-piqued viewers’ interest will come next Tuesday, when new episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles, Dancing With the Stars and the Fox comedies show up for the party.

Among Tuesday’s other big premieres:

* The CW’s 90210 drew 1.63 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, down 17 and 12 percent from its previous season opener.

* NBC’s Parenthood (6.8 million/2.3) was up in viewers from its spring finale (which I for one always take to be relevant), but nonetheless slipped double digits in both measures from its Season 2 premiere. What’s more, it sadly shed 43 percent of the lead-in audience it got from America’s Got Talent (13.2 million/3.6 demo rating), and in its back half-hour dropped to 5.7 million viewers. C’mon, people, watch good TV.