Fox News’ coverage of the latest Republican presidential debate on Thursday night drew about 12 million total viewers, on par with last month’s GOP face-off — even though headline-monger Donald Trump sat this one out, instead amassing about 3 million viewers with his off-site event.
Elsewhere in the ratings….
NBC | You, Me and the Apocalypse debuted to 5 million viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, on par with The Slap’s year-ago launch in the time slot and besting the Heroes Reborn finale (3.8 mil/1.0). The Blacklist (7.2 mil/1.6) was steady, while Shades of Blue (6.5 mil/1.3) dipped a tenth.
THE CW | Legends (2.9 mil/1.1) and The 100 (1.6 mil/0.6) each ticked down a tenth from their premieres.
CBS | Leading out of a rash of reruns, Angel From Hell (6.7 mil/1.4) held steady, as did Elementary (6.1 mil/1.1).
ABC | Beyond the Tank (4 mil/1.1) and the diet show finale (2 mil/0.7) each inched up a tenth.
FOX | American Idol (8.8 mil/2.3) dipped a tenth week-to-week.