TV Ratings: The Rookie Returns Low

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In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s The Rookie opened Season 4 with 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, down sharply from its Season 3 averages (3.7 mil/0.5) to mark series lows. TVLine readers gave the opener an average grade of “A-“; read post mortem about that heartbreaking sendoff.

Opening ABC’s night were the season premieres of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (3.8 mil/0.4) and Supermarket Sweep (2.5 mil/0.4).


NBC | Sunday Night Football (13 mil/3.6) was down sharply from last week’s preliminary numbers.

FOX | The Simpsons opened Season 33 with 3.3 mil/1.1, followed by The Great North‘s 1.8 mil/0.7, Bob’s Burgers‘ 1.6 mil/0.6 and Family Guy‘s 1.5 mil/0.6.

CBS | Pending adjustment due to NFL overrun in some markets, Big Brother (4.2 mil/0.9) is currently down a tick from its previous Sunday outing, while the Broadway’s Back special retained 2.7 mil/0.4.

THE CW | Wellington Paranormal‘s Season 2 finale drew 201K and a 0.0.

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!