Once returned to 11 million viewers and a 3.8 rating, down just 14 percent and two tenths from its series debut, and up sharply from its freshman finale.
Leading out of that, Revenge christened its new time slot with 9.5 mil and a 3.2, down 10 percent and a tenth from its series debut but up 20 and 33 percent from its freshman finale. Revenge matched Desperate Housewives‘ final season premiere while drawing a few less viewers.
Capping ABC’s night, 666 Park Avenue opened to 7 mil/2.2, dropping about 30 percent of Revenge’s numbers and down 30 percent from Pan Am‘s year-ago debut. Versus GCB‘s March launch, 666 drew fewer viewers while tying the demo.
Over on CBS, The Amazing Race started Season 21 with 9.7 million total viewers and a 2.5 rating, down 17 percent in the demo from its year-ago premiere. The Good Wife, with 9.8 mil and a 1.8, was down 8 and 18 percent from its previous premiere. The Mentalist broke in its new time slot with 10.8 million viewers and a 2.1, down a good 20 percent from its last, Thursday season opener but up 35 and 24 percent from the CSI: Miami series finale.
Fox’s The Simpsons opened Season 24 with 8 million total viewers and a 3.7 rating, down just a hair year-over-year. Bob’s Burgers (5.4 mil/2.5) dropped 32 percent of that lead-in but was up 32 percent from its previous premiere. Versus their own year-ago openers, Family Guy (6.5 mil/3.3) was down 15 and 20 percent and American Dad (5.2 mil/2.5) slipped 10 and 17 percent.