Ratings: Last Man Leads Night, Once Returns Up, CBS Dramas Slip

Last Man on Earth Ratings

The Last Man on Earth was not entirely alone after all.

Fox’s freshman drama averaged 5.7 million total viewers and a 2.3 rating across its double-episode debut, topping the night in the demo and standing as the No. 1 comedy launch of the TV season with Men 18-49.

TVLine readers gave Last Man an average grade of “B.”

Opening Fox’s night, Bob’s Burgers (3 mil/1.4), The Simpsons (4 mil/1.8) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (3.6 mil/1.8) all saw significant spikes versus their last fresh outings opposite the SNL special.

Elsewhere….

ABC | Once Upon a Time returned to 6.6 million viewers and a 2.2 rating, up 16 and 29 percent from its Frozen arc finale and down just 8 percent in the demo from its year-ago spring premiere. Secrets and Lies‘ two-hour launch drew 5.9 mil/1.5, up a good 60 percent from the most recent Resurrection/Revenge average (3.7 mil/0.9) yet mustering less than half of Resurrection‘s freaky strong year-ago debut (13.3 mil/3.6). TVLine readers gave the murder mystery an average grade of “B+.”

CBS | Madam Secretary returned to 11.4 mil and a 1.3, down 6 and 23 percent from its last outing. The Good Wife (8.9 mil/1.1) similarly slipped 7 and 21 percent. Battle Creek — which TVLine readers gave a “B-” grade — debuted to 7.8 mil/1.0, up in audience but down a tenth in the demo versus the CSI finale.

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