In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s American Idol opened Season 18 with 8.1 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, down just 7 and 12 percent from its previous premiere and dominating Sunday night in both measures. (Read recap.)
Elsewhere, on this first “normal,” non-award show/Super Bowl Sunday in quite some time….
CBS | Back from five-week breaks, God Friended Me (5.4 mil/0.4) dropped to match series lows, while NCIS: Los Angeles (6 mil/0.6) was also down. NCIS: New Orleans christened its new Sunday home with 5.2 mil and a 0.5, easily marking series lows but a slight improvement on what Madam Secretary‘s farewell run averaged (4.3 mil/0.4) in the time slot.
NBC | Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist‘s regular time slot premiere (2 mil/0.4, average TVLine reader grade “A”) was down 26 and 33 percent from the series’ ages-ago preview. Leading out of that, Good Girls (2 mil/0.4, TVLine reader grade “A”) returned down, matching series lows with its Season 3 premiere.
FOX | The Simpsons (2 mil/0.7) returned up, while Bob’s Burgers (1.5 mil/0.6) and Family Guy (1.6 mil/0.6) were both down. Duncanville debuted to 1.5 mil/0.5, well below Bless the Harts‘ fall average.
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