ABC’s The Mayor debuted to 4.1 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating on Tuesday (per finals), improving on Imaginary Mary‘s March launch in the time slot (3.5 mil/0.9) and on par with The Real O’Neals‘ year-ago performance (3.7 mil/1.2).
All told, The Mayor (which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “B”) gave that ABC time slot its biggest in-season audience in two years and matched its best demo number since December 2015.
Leading out of that, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World debuted to 4.2 mil and a 1.0 (and a “B” reader grade), down a tenth in the demo from Agents of SHIELD’s year-ago opener (3.4 mil/1.1) but improving on SHIELD‘s Season 4 average (2.3 mil/0.7) as well as Wicked City‘s September 2015 launch in the time slot (3.3 mil/0.9). In fact, K(P)StW delivered the ABC time slot’s most-watched series launch in four years and the highest-rated in two-and-a-half.
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Opening ABC’s night, The Middle (6.2 mil/1.6, reader grade “A-“) and Fresh Off the Boat (4.5 mil/1.4) were up from both their finales and previous season averages. Christening its new night, black-ish (4.7 mil/1.5, reader grade “B”) matched its previous season average.
NBC | The Voice (10.4 mil/2.2) slipped 7 and 15 percent week-to-week. This Is Us (11.1 mil/3.1) was down 14 and 20 percent from its record-setting opener but still marked its best non-premiere/finale numbers. Oprah’s Law & Order True Crime Presents NCIS: The Menendez Brothers (4.8 mil/1.2) fell 21 and 25 percent from its launch but still won the time slot.
FOX | Lethal Weapon (4.1 mil/1.1) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.7 mil/0.6) each dipped a tenth, while The Mick (2.4 mil/0.9) was steady.
CBS | NCIS (13.5 mil/1.4) slipped two tenths, Bull (10.8 mil/1.2) dipped one and NCIS: New Orleans (9.2 mil/1.0) was flat.