ABC just may have finally solved its years-long Modern Family lead-out problem.
The new comedy black-ish premiered on Wednesday night to 11 million total viewers and a 3.3 rating (per finals), demonstrating 96 and 85 percent retention out of Modern Family (11.4 mil/3.9, down 3 and 7 percent from a year ago). For comparison’s sake, Super Fun Night a year ago only managed 75 percent retention.
Earning an average grade of “B-“ from TVLine readers, black-ish was up from both Super Fun Night‘s bow (8.2 mil/3.2) and what Mixology last did in the time slot (4 mil/1.3).
Opening ABC’s night, The Middle (7.6 mil/2.2) ticked up from its May finale but was down 16 and 12 percent from its previous premiere. With its second-best tallies ever, The Goldbergs (7.3 mil/2.4) built on The Middle‘s demo number, was up two tenths from Back in the Game‘s year-ago rating and greatly improved on Suburgatory‘s most recent delivery (5.2 mil/1.6).
At 10 pm, Nashville (average grade: “B”) did 5.8 mil/1.5, up versus its finale but off 14 and 25 percent from its Season 2 opener.
CBS | Survivor returned to 9.8 mil and a 2.7, up a tenth from its year-ago premiere and marking its best fall opener since 2012. Big Brother (6.9 mil/2.6) was up 5 percent and a tenth from its previous finale.
NBC | Now leading off the night, The Mysteries of Laura did 10 mil/1.5, slipping 25 percent in the demo and off three tenths from Revolution‘s year-ago opener; the Debra Messing drama however was up sharply from Revo‘s finale (4.1 mil/1.1). SVU returned to 10.1 mil/2.2 (down 19 percent in the demo from its 2013 premiere), while Chicago P.D. (8.5 mil/1.9, average grade “A-“) dipped just a tenth from its January launch.
FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (3.7 mil/1.3) dipped 9 percent and a tenth, while Red Band Society (3.4 mil/1.1) — now facing stiffer competition — was down 17 and 15 percent from its premiere.
THE CW | Penn & Teller: Fool Us (1.5 mil/0.5) held steady in its finale.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: CBS’ Criminal Minds and Stalker premiere