Of this Thursday’s three summer premieres, Fox’s The Choice fared best, drawing 4.2 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating and building significantly on its so-so lead-in. That demo number won it the 9 o’clock hour (over the second half of Duets and a Person of Interest rerun) and marks a 31 percent improvement over what the Touch finale did here a week ago.
Leading into The Choice, Fox’s Take Me Out placed third at 8 pm in total viewers (with 3.3 mil) and was a distant second in the demo (behind CBS comedy repeats).
And then there was NBC’s Saving Hope, which debuted to 3.1 mil and a 0.7 rating — down 20 and 36 percent from the America’s Got Talent repeat that filled the time slot a week ago. In the 9 o’clock hour, the supernatural-tinged medical drama placed fourth in viewers and the demo.
Elsewhere on the night….
* ABC’s Duets dropped for a second straight week, down 12 and 20 percent to 5.2 mil and a 1.2. (Read Michael Slezak’s recap.) Rookie Blue (5.4 mil/1.3) dipped just a smidgen.
* The CW’s Breaking Pointe drew 688,000 viewers and a 0.2 in its second outing, down 26 and 33 percent from its bow.
* Rock Center With Brian Williams christened its new time slot with 3.2 mil and a 0.7, down 36 and 53 percent from last Thursday’s AGT repeat. Yeah, that’s gonna do really well in the fall against new, juicy Scandals and CBS’ buzzy Sherlock Holmes series.
* A Big Bang Theory encore again topped Thursday in both total audience (with 8.2 million viewers) and in the demo (scoring a 2.1).