A repeat of The Big Bang Theory came out on top this first out-of-season Thursday, dominating all comers in total audience (with 8.84 million viewers) and edging out Hell’s Kitchen for the nightly demo win (with a 2.2).
Among Thursday’s premieres, a double-pump of Anne Heche’s long-shelved Save Me averaged 3.1 mil and a 0.7, marking NBC’s lowest rated series launch since last summer’s Saving Hope. Leading out of sitcom repeats, bubble drama Hannibal (2.74 mil/1.0) rose 11 percent in audience yet ticked down a tenth from last week.
Over on Fox, Hell’s Kitchen (5.5 mil/2.1) rose 38 and 17 percent from last week’s Monday telecast, while Does Someone Have to Go? (3.1 mil/1.3) won its 9 o’clock time slot even while shedding some 40 percent of its lead-in. (DSHTG also put up barely half of what So You Think You Can Dance did in the time slot a year ago.)
ABC’s Rookie Blue returned to 6 million viewers and a 1.2 rating, down two tenths in the demo from its previous premiere yet up 20 percent in viewers and matching the rating of its Season 3 finale. Opening ABC’s night, Wipeout (4.1 mil/1.2) rose 8 percent and two tenths, while Motive in its regular time slot premiere dropped 9 percent and a tenth from Monday’s sneak preview.