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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  1. Guy says:

    Charlies Angels – Fail, Whitney – Fail, Prime Suspect – Loved it. Too bad it didn’t get good ratings. Guess its the remake factor. Person of Interest – Confusing. However kept me there all the way to the end so that has to count for something.

    So happy about Big Bang Theory. Good return to Grey’s too. Last nights episode was better than some of the episodes put up last season. What is with Community’s ratings though? This show is soooo great. Such a shame.

    X Factor is quite different to our local version and the UK version. From what i have seen of the US version i am not surprised people haven’t warmed to it like the 20m+ that was expected. Its harsher and its NOT the X Factor i have known these past few years. Its like Simon is out to find someone to throw his money at and i think he has gone about this the wrong way. Not to mention the fact there was drama with the Cheryl Cole fiasco too. Sorry but not liking X Factor so far and i was really looking forward to it.

  2. Connie says:

    I watched the original Charlie’s Angels. And watched the reboot.I am so disappointed that Drew had a hand in that. It had horrible writing and bad casting. The one only i liked was AI from GH. But it didn’t have feel of original.I was looking for so much more. It has no warmth like the original Angels.I could feel how much they cared about trying to help. I could see the action.That was all. It sucked for me.

  3. MandalayMai says:

    Loved Big Bang this week! Can’t wait for more. See my review on it and other premiers on my latest blogpost