ABC’s The Muppets premiered on Tuesday to 9 million total viewers and a 2.9 demo rating (per finals), veritably doubling the year-ago launch for Selfie (4.9 mil/1.4) and trailing only The Voice in the demo for the night.
The Muppets thus stands as ABC’s biggest series debut since How to Get Away with Murder.
Leading out of that, Fresh Off the Boat returned to 6.1 mil/1.9, up markedly from its freshman finale (5.1 mil/1.5) as well as Manhattan Love Story’s year-ago debut (4.3 mil/1.3). Dancing With the Stars’ performance/elimination combo (9.5 mil/1.5) was up sharply from last Tuesday’s recap special.
Among Tuesday’s other newcomers, CBS’ Limitless (9.9 mil/1.9) edged out the year-ago demo for Person of Interest‘s season opener (10.7 mil/1.8) and improved on POI’s May finale (8.2 mil/1.2). Fox’s Scream Queens debuted to 4 mil and a 1.7, whereas a year ago Utopia did 2.5 mil/0.9 and in the 9 o’clock hour New Girl/Mindy averaged 2.9 mil/1.5.
CBS | NCIS (18.2 mil/2.5) landed somewhere between its Season 12 premiere (18.3 mil/2.9) and finale (15 mil/2.0), while NCIS: New Orleans (12.6 mil/1.7) fell well shy of its series debut (17.1 mil/2.5) but matched its freshman finale (13.6 mil/1.7).
NBC | The Voice (12.4 mil/3.5) matched Monday’s premiere. Best Time Ever (5.9 mil/2.1) rose three tenths from its launch.