Thursday Premiere Ratings: A Bigger Bang Theory, Modest Start For AngelsSuspect

ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels premiered to less than heavenly ratings Thursday, while NBC’s remake of Prime Suspect failed to collar a sizeable audience. The X Factor, meanwhile, held steady and The Big Bang Theory got bigger.

Angels attracted 8.7 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the prized adults 18-49 demo, a marked improvement over the premiere of My Generation last fall but an underwhelming number given all the hype. Night Two of Simon Cowell’s X Factor dipped slightly to 12.1 million viewers and a 4.3 demo rating, while Prime Suspect drew a lackluster 6 million sets of eyeballs and a 1.9 demo rating.

Meanwhile, you don’t need a PhD in astrophysics to know that The Big Bang Theory is on freakin’ fire. The CBS comedy’s one-hour fifth-season premiere was the top-rated show of the night in total viewers and 18-49 (14.4 million, 5.0).

Here’s a glance at the early returns hour-by-hour…

8 pm | Big Bang led the hour, followed by the first hour of X Factor and Charlie’s Angels. NBC’s Community and Parks and Recreation combo ranked forth, with the former drawing nearly 4 million viewers and a 1.7 (down from last season’s 5 mil and 2.2) and the latter pulling in 4.1 million viewers and a 2.0 (down from the 6 mil, 2.6 that 30 Rock did in the slot last year). Vampire Diaries placed fifth with 2.5 million and 1.2 (down from 3 mil and 1.4 for last week’s premiere).

9 pm | The premiere of CBS’ Person of Interest led the hour among total viewers with 13.2 million, but its 3.1 demo rating put it behind both The X Factor and the two-hour return of Grey’s Anatomy (10.3 million, 4.1). Grey’s was down roughly 24 percent compared to last year. NBC’s The Office — under new boss Andy Bernard — returned in decent shape with 7.6 million and a 3.9 rating, down only slightly from last September’s 8.4 million and 4.3 under Steve Carell’s Michael Scott. (That noise you hear is NBC and Ed Helms breathing a sigh of relief.) The debut of Whitney at 9:30, meanwhile, did OK with 6.7 million and a 3.2. (The now-canceled Outsourced opened last year with a slightly higher 7.4 million and a 3.5). Week Two of The CW’s Secret Circle averaged 2 million viewers and a 0.9, off sharply from last week’s 3 million-1.3.

10 pm | The return of The Mentalist was tops among viewers (13.3 million, down nearly 20 percent from its ’10 premiere), but ceded the demo crown to the second hour of Grey’s. Prime Suspect finished last in both measures.

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94 Comments
  1. Valerie says:

    Big Bang is the only show that consistently still gets me to literally LOL every week! Here’s to the next 3 seasons!

    • Lia says:

      I remember seeing “Charlie’s Angels” as a kid in reruns and I enjoyed it for what it was. I wasn’t really tempted to try this version though. I thought of “Person of Interest,” but decided against it-too many other intriguing offers last night.

      I watched “Big Bang Theory” last night. The first hour was better than the second but it’s still a good show. Watched “Person of Interest” which I think is a solid ‘B’ show with room to grow into an ‘A’ show as they find their groove. Also watched “The Mentalist” which did not disappoint from last year’s finale. Bruno Heller wrote the premiere and his episodes usually have a good balance of everything I like in an episode. I will add that Lisbon was looking very nice last night and I love Jane and Lisbon’s banter and chemistry together. Thanks for the ratings low down, Mike.

    • jenna says:

      Personally I find big bang to be very hit or miss in terms of episode quality. In my opinion the premiere consisted of 2 misses

    • impliedbazinga says:

      When Prady said that no matter how we felt about last season’s cliffhanger, we’ll be satisfied with how things turn out in Season 5, he wasn’t kidding. I was craving for a cigarette by the end of the first half hour. That said, just two episodes in, and I’m already having an AFF overload. Only Jim Parsons can make a supposedly annoying character endearing, people. Mayim Bialik, though talented in her own way, is no Jim Parsons. Her portrayal of a more evolved, female Sheldon has become grating. Case in point: when Sheldon tries to fit in, he’s adorably hilar. AFF’s desperation to be part of a social paradigm is well, just plain desperate. And more than a tad creepy, if I may add. Let’s have her in SMALL DOSES. Please.

  2. xav says:

    I like how Charlie’s Angels and Glee had almost the same amount of people watch them but the people who watched Charlie’s Angels are worth less.

    • Jessica says:

      Yup, I agree that people who watch Charlie’s Angels are worthless.

    • jj says:

      fox is still considered a netlet and not a network.

    • Harry says:

      The difference is the viewers for next week. Charlie’s Angels will drop drastically and Glee will probably be up. I had the unfortunate experience of watching both premiers this week and let me tell you something, Charlie’s Angels is a pure piece of TV sh*t, the acting, dialogue, plot, EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING was horrible. Horrible! And I’m not exaggerating. Glee on the other hand wasn’t that bad, it was actually quite decent (and I say that as a former fan)

  3. shaun says:

    VD needs to pick up the pace….this season is kinda weird so far.

  4. Andy says:

    I dont care what critics say. I loved Charlie’s Angels, and i hope they make it!

  5. Sivat says:

    I watched The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. I am lovin’ The Secret Circle! Why does the CW have the best shows? I watch 40% of their line-up, possibly 50% if Hart of Dixie is good.

  6. katiewil says:

    Big Bang was seriously funny last night. I was rolling with laughter. I wonder why CBS does not let Big Bang be shown on the cable On-Demand channel….plenty of other shows are on there.

  7. Lauren says:

    I’m getting the feeling this might be the last year of Community, which makes me sad…how did Parks and Rec do?

  8. Gabriela says:

    Well about Charlie’s Angel’s I hope it survives long enough for Erica Durance’s episode then I”ll personally will bring the trash bbags to ABC to help them to throw it away

    • Jude says:

      Plain old plastic bags just won’t cut it – you’ll need to bring air-tight metal drums to get rid off something this putrid!

      Ditto on the Erica Durance love!

      • Sasha says:

        Agreed to both…

        Now if they killed of an angel and have Erica join, then it will most def be my fav show ever

        • Gabriela says:

          oh no I rather see Erica far away of this show, is painful, painful PAINFUL, although being honest I’ll watch if Erica was an Angel but it will hurt more to see a show with her (as a regular) fail as this will be

  9. Alex says:

    Glad to see quality scripted comedy (Big Bang Theory) triumphing over over-hyped reality (X-Factor).

  10. jasonbres says:

    Shut up and tell us that Up All Night will immediately move into Whitney’s old timeslot already!!

  11. Jude says:

    I, for one, am so glad that the soul-sucking Charlie’s Angels didn’t have the DOA ratings it really deserves, just yet – the Erica Durance episode needs to air first!

  12. Sivat says:

    I would watch Charlie’s Angels if Drew Barrymore appeared as Dylan. I loved the movies and I hope this series is a “sequel” of sorts to the original series and films.

  13. Susan says:

    Why is no one watching Parks and Recreation? I hope NBC’s ratings don’t pick up, just so they have a reason to keep P&R around for a few more years.

    • Cat says:

      I agree. I wish more people would tune into parks and recreation. It’s the funniest show on tv (community a close second). I think a main reason is the subject matter i’ve tried to get friends to watch but they always say it sounds boring. Hopefully the emmys brought in some new viewers.

      • jj says:

        i’ve tried it and it WAS boring. not bad, just blah. I just didn’t care if i ever watched it again and that’s why i don’t watch it.

  14. Ronda says:

    I agree and have been wondering why some prime time shows are not on demand. I’m glad my cable provider finally added Fox and now all I need is Cw added. I am starting to use the dvr feature less and on demand more.

  15. Mary says:

    I’ve been hearing all kinds of bad stuff about Charlie’s Angels. Am I the only person who actually liked it? Except for the swiped cell phone bit in the beginning that confused me, I thought it was great.

  16. Britt says:

    I hope that the drop in ratings for The Secret Circle doesn’t mean anything in the long run–I’m a huge fan of the books and I think this show deserves a chance!! I’m sure a lot of the TSC viewers watched Grey’s, which I don’t plan on watching live at all this season after last season.

  17. MJ says:

    Prime suspect will gain rating in DVR+7.

  18. Beth says:

    Wanted to like Charlie’s Angels because I like Minka Kelly but….. they all were overacting a bit. Probably won’t return for episode 2.

    • Magically Suspicious says:

      My thoughts exactly. The only reason I rated it a ‘D’ instead of ‘F’ was because I like Minka and I thought she was good. The rest of it reminded me of bad Cinemax-esque porn, minus the nudity. The blonde girl especially….holy cow.

  19. Tom says:

    I’m sorry to say I watched Charlies Angels — it won’t happen again. That was the worst show I’ve seen in a long, long time. Did anyone in a decision making capacity at ABC actually watch it before it aired? The writing/dialog was dismal. The acting was worse. This show was so bad it started to be funny.

  20. Gerald says:

    Whitney = terrible
    Charlie’s Angels = terrible and couldn’t capture the spirit of the original
    Prime suspect = yet another procedural helped by an amazing Maria Bello
    Overall, a pretty terrible night.

  21. Sally says:

    Charlie’s Angels was ok. Not terrible but not that exciting either. Just waiting for the show to last until Erica Durance comes on. Never thought I’d watch an Al/Miles production again but Im just watching until Erica Durance finishes her eps.

    Ouch for the CW though!! I never thought VD would fall low so early in the season. I liked the first 2 eps. Secret Circle bored me to tears. Giving that up pretty quickly.

    • Gabriela says:

      I am not even watching anymore, I’ll JUST watch Erica’s episode, I put myself last night to see if it was at least ok, but I lost 20 min of my life and closed the window. That’s all The Goughlar will get from me, last night was a mistake won’t do it again

    • Connie says:

      I would have rather seen Erica as one of the angels

  22. Hols says:

    How much do overnight ratings really mean anymore? Seriously. I wish TVLine, or someone anyway, would do a piece on this. Overnights don’t include DVR watchers, right? What happens to these #s when you add in viewers who watched on DVR w/in 24 hours of the original airing?

  23. Justin says:

    Person of Interest was a major disappointment. What we have is a TV show taking the easy road at every turn and simply catering to the CBS crowd. I had hope this season that CBS would actually give us a show of quality. Wrong again.

  24. Carol says:

    I LOVED Prime Suspect – very different from the British version but still exciting. Maria Bello was amazing in action. Really hope the program stays and the numbers grow.

  25. Karrie says:

    I’m tired of all the reboots; give me something original! I didn’t care for any of the new shows…. NBC shouldn’t have cancelled Chase last season.

    • Andrea says:

      I AGREE! I actually really liked Chase and even though it was a procedural it wasn’t a regular one with lawyers and detectives and all of that. I think it was the casting I couldn’t get into Jesse Metcalfs character, the Latino guy, or the black woman.

  26. billk says:

    The second half hour of BBT was funnier than the first. BTW, these polls need to have an option for didn’t waste my time watching it.

  27. Doug says:

    If Whitney doesn’t lose 90% of this audience, we no longer deserve television.

    Twice as many watched Whitney as Community. COME ON PEOPLE.

    Also: Wow Angels was bad. The scene where the blonde one and the ethnic one were “crying” was just terrible. How can that have passed as airworthy?

    And terrible writing too, trying to cram backstory into random lines “Boz, log into the police Database, badget number 46274722.” “Oh you mean as your ex-husband Dirk Nobody?”

    Sigh.

  28. Rachel says:

    Why aren’t more people watching Community and Parks and Rec?? They’re literally the two most creative and funniest shows on TV!

  29. Justin says:

    The highlight of last night’s shows was Parks and Recreation. Started off the season with an absolutely hilarious episode. So many LOL moments to count. I also gotta give props to the Office and choosing Andy as the new manager. Good choice and funny episode! Big Bang Theory was hilarious as usual, with two funny back-to-back episodes. Person of Interest was terrific to me. I love the premise and the twist totally fooled me. Good action and good drama made for a great debut. On the other hand, Whitney and Charlie’s Angels were just okay to me. Charlie’s Angels had a lot of guns, but not a lot of gunfire. Definitely need more of that! Spies shoot guns, and occasionally kill people, which make spy series like Nikita far more superior to this one. Whitney had laughs here and there, but the studio audience thing got on my nerves a little, and some of the jokes were dry.

  30. Peter says:

    Person of Interest feels like the only keeper on the list of new shows. Prime Suspect feels like its several years too late, Charlie’s Angels had some atrocious dialog and a storm of bad cliches (nevermind bad editing), and I didn’t find Whitney that funny. Person of Interest make me think of Minority Report and the Bourne films, which is nice.

    • DL says:

      I thought Person of Interest was decent at best. Coming from J.J. Abrams and Johnathan Nolan, I expect top notch writing, but it was mediocre, and only salvaged by solid performances from Caviezel and Emerson and some well-directed action in the latter half.
      Prime Suspect, on the other hand, got me from the very start. Bello was awesome, the writing was sharp and snappy, and it had just the right amount of grit to it.
      I’ll take Prime Suspect over Person of Interest any day of the week.

  31. Becca says:

    I wonder what would happen if The Office and Whitney were moved to 8 and Community and Parks and Recreation were moved to 9?

    • Becca says:

      Even though it didn’t get strong ratings Community had 3 items trending last night on twitter, so it is getting an audience just no one with a nielsen box.

  32. kevin says:

    Watch Charlie’s Angels last night but the reboot made me happy for the most part especially when it got bummed out by Big Bang Theory and X Factor. Don’t know why CBS continues to dominate in the ratings and they better ended it before any other networks does. Hope Charlie’s Angels going to survive and they better have a fighting chance unless ABC renews it for a possible Season Two.

  33. bamalam says:

    Community needs the ratings…I think it should have the “after Office” slot.

  34. Kiki says:

    Minka Kelly is overrated. Can’t act her way out of a paper bag. Hopefully, this awful remake will get axed soon.

    • DL says:

      She was quite good on Parenthood. The abysmal writing on Charlie’s Angels is what kills her performance. I don’t think anyone was good on that show.

      • Kiki says:

        She sucked in FNL, too! Are you going to tell me that there was bad writing in FNL, and that’s what killed her performance there too??? Seriously.

        • tarc says:

          I hated everything about FNL, so I certainly would be comfortable saying the writing on the show might kill any acting that might have been struggling to happen. Charlie’s Angles was just so…. flat. The script was stupid, the dialog was wooden and clumsy, and the direction was artless and tepid. I really can’t judge tha acting or casting because of that. With a great script, I think there might be potential there, but whoo… that pilot was BAD.

    • Amber says:

      I quite enjoyed Minka Kelly on Friday Night Lights. I agree that Charlie’s Angels is probably not a good show for her.

  35. Barnswallow says:

    In my area Vampire Diaries is normally delayed to a 9:30pm start (and didn’t start until after 10pm with Secret Circle after 11pm) because the channel broadcasts a local high school football game every Thursday night. I feel bad for the CW as I couldn’t see a local affiliate telling NBC “We’re going to delay all the shows by a couple hours”

  36. Mike says:

    Um, dude. Did we really need the Office spoiler? I had a work function last night!

    • Mike says:

      Then don’t come on a TV site, after an episode aired on the west coast its fair game

    • Stacy says:

      I was mad too. The article is about ratings, why would anyone expect anything other than tv show titles and numbers? Not to mention there’s not a single spoiler alert anywhere…

      • timshel says:

        Also annoyed by that. I stayed away from the recap article so I wouldn’t be spoiled. Pretty lame to put the major plot point in there without warning. TVLine used to be so good about this. Quickly losing my interest in visiting.

  37. Vell says:

    Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle will probably get a big boost from DVR+7. I also think next week will go back up with no premieres. The comments for most of the new Thursday shows wasn’t positive, so hopefully those people will be back watching VD live next week.

    • Tarc says:

      I actually changed my mind and watched Angels live instead of my fave Vampire Diaries. I doubt I’ll do that again. I did catch Secret Circle live, but so far, the show is also pretty tepid (but with potential).

  38. Leola says:

    Agree! BBT just gets better and better!

  39. Jon says:

    Whitney was pretty good

  40. Girish says:

    TVD was awesome. I’d say much better than the premiere. And make Dele na happen already! The Mentalist can do no wrong! Loved it!. But the best show of the night has to be Person of Interest. Caviezel & Emerson were simply brilliant in their roles and I really really hope this will be as successful as Lost. The story is highly intriguing and it has a solid cast & writing team. I hope Charlie’s Angels survives because Minka Kelly is one superhot babe and I have to watch it just for her!

  41. Eric says:

    BBT gets no love. Its waaay better than Modern Family (which I actually find unfunny and predictable. If you don’t win an Emmy consider it an honor.

  42. Renee says:

    I would have watched Person Of Interest, but a really bad thunderstorm put a stop to that. Satellite went out. I’ve get to find it online.

  43. ultimate troll says:

    Finger pistols? Really? No seriously, they’re posing their fingers as guns? Really?

  44. Don says:

    Big Bang needs less sex and more geek.

  45. Rusty says:

    As I predicted, Charlies Angels was even worse. I watched it for about ten minutes and said to myself, What a Joke! Very poor writing, worse acting, a plot you could drive trucks though. Anybody else notice that the prime sponsor of the show also had Drew as their spokesperson along with her being a producer??? ABC should shelve the rest of the show and make a public apology for it being aired.

  46. Amber says:

    I meant to DVR some of the new shows, but my Comcast guide decided to not be working when I went to set the recordings so all I could see on the guide was “TBA” for every show. So the only shows that got recorded were ones I have long already had the recordings set up for. I am very sad to see that Charlie’s Angels beat Community and Parks and Rec in the ratings. I call BS on that. I liked both Community and P&R, but as far as premieres go, they could have been a little funnier. BBT were pretty amusing episodes. I really enjoyed The Office. I think it was about as good as it could be minus Steve Carrell. I still think they made a huge mistake though not bringing in a new person to be the boss. I actually forgot Grey’s was even premiering last night. It is at the bottom of my DVR priority list, so I guess it didn’t record. My DVR knows me well. :) The final show I saw was It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The second ep of the season was slightly better than the first, but I’m still kind of worried it will never reclaim its glory days of yore.

    I would like to try out Prime Suspect, I think Maria Bella is a decent enough actress. Sure sounds like I can miss Charlie’s Angels. I wasn’t anxious to get invited to that party anyway. Whitney I was on the fence about, but it sounds like I don’t need to try it either.

  47. RLS says:

    “The ethnic one?”. Sigh.

  48. Margot says:

    Charlie’s Angels was too painful to watch. After ten minutes I tuned out and went back to work.
    Person of Interest has potential and a great cast but the preierr was mediocre at best. I expected much better on so many levels Will probably give it one or two more episodes and pray it gets better.
    Though predictable I enjoyed Prime Suspect Luv Maria Bello and Kirk A. But it almost seems fraudulent to use the BBC title. If the storylines areoriginal I will keep watching. Tho it appears unlikely I’m hoping both these shows will develop the lead characters. Especially since these actors are more than capable

  49. Amy says:

    i think a lot of people don’t get the sense of humor that Community has.. i love it though..its so clever and pure genius..the smallest of the details made me fall in love with that show

  50. Elle says:

    Gosh the ratings for NBC and CW are so bad this year!I watched Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle last night and DVR’d Grey’s and Charlie’s Angels.I just hope Secret Circle can pick up its a great show and TVD needs to improve.Charlie’s Angels was awful!I loved the movie but they took the campy fun away and tried to make it serious which just made me want to cringe.

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