On Fifth-Place NBC, One Sitcom Premieres With a Whimper as Another One Goes Out With a Thud TVbytheNumbers

On a Wednesday night when NBC found itself in the increasingly common position of fifth place in the ratings, the network’s newest sitcom premiered to mediocre numbers while another NBC comedy wrapped up its difficult freshman run with some of its worst totals yet. reports that the Peacock’s new show “Best Friends Forever” pulled in a modest 1.2 average rating in viewers 18-49 in Nielsen overnights for its series premiere at 8:30, even with a lead-in from “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” in its time period premiere (1.8 average).

Meanwhile, NBC’s “Bent” wrapped up its six-episode season, which aired over a three-week span, with two episodes in the 9 p.m. hour, and continued its downward trend with a 0.9 average rating in 18-49 for the opener and a 0.7 for the season finale. The numbers have been trending down throughout the run, with a 1.0 and 0.8 in week one and a 0.9 and 0.8 last week.

Things didn’t get any better for NBC by the time “Rock Center” came on at 10 p.m., with the newsmagazine settling for a 0.8 in 18-49.

For prime time as a whole, NBC found itself in fifth place again, in both the 18-49 demo and total viewers. Fox, paced by “American Idol,” won the night handily in both categories, taking viewers 18-49 with a 4.7 average rating, ahead of CBS (2.8 average), Univision (1.5), mostly repeat ABC (1.3) and all-new NBC (1.0).

Fox averaged 16.7 million total viewers for prime time, topping CBS (11.1 million), ABC (3.8 million), Univision (3.7 million) and NBC (3.6 million).