A disappointing amount of people chose to take a ride up ABC’s The River on Tuesday night. The thriller-chiller drew 8.2 million total viewers and a 2.5 demo rating with its 9 o’clock premiere, then slipped to 6.8 mil and a 2.2 for its second episode.
For comparison’s sake, ABC’s other drama premieres this season netted out as follows:
* Once Upon a Time: 12.8 million viewers, 3.9 rating
* Pan Am: 10.8 mil, 3.1
* Revenge: 10 mil, 3.3
* Charlie’s Angels: 8.7 mil, 2.1
* The River (two-hour average): 7.5 mil, 2.4
So… yeah. Bummer. But for what it’s worth, next week’s episode of The River is my favorite of the first three. Moving on….
Topping Tuesday in both total audience and in the demo was the 200th episode of NCIS, which held steady with 20.8 million viewers and a 4.1 rating. NCIS: Los Angeles led out of that with 16.1 mil and a 3.1, dipping 3 and 6 percent from its last fresh eppy.
UPDATE: Per final tallies, NCIS was adjusted up to a season-high 20.98 million viewers, with a 4.2 demo rating.
Elsewhere on the night:
8 pm | Glee placed a distant second behind NCIS, drawing 7.7 million total viewers and a 3.2 rating, down 14 percent week-to-week. A double dose of Last Man Standing averaged 7.86 mil and a 2.4, down 8 percent. 90210 held steady at 1.36 mil/0.7.
9 pm | Fox’s New Girl (6.9 mil/3.5) shed a few eyeballs but was flat with her time slot-winning demo, while Raising Hope (4.7 mil/2.2) gained 10 percent in the demo. Ringer dropped a rough 17 percent, hitting 1.15 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating. I gotta tell you, that was one confusing episode, for Henry as well as viewers.
10 pm | Unforgettable inched up 5 percent to dominate the hour in total viewers (with 11.7 million), and tied The River for the demo win (with a 2.2). Parenthood (4.6 mil/1.6) dipped 6 percent.