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.
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.