Thursday Nights Sure Aren't What They Used to Be: New Shows Premiere to Feeble Numbers ... and a 1.7 Rating Wins the Night TVbytheNumbers

On a night when shows on three different broadcast networks premiered to weak viewer numbers -- two series debuts and a season premiere -- a network that averaged a lowly 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demo won the night, based on Nielsen overnights. reports that Fox easily won Thursday night in the demo with its 1.7 average for prime time, beating out CBS (1.4 average), Univision (1.3), ABC (1.2) and NBC (0.8). CBS, meanwhile, aired mostly repeat programming and still won total viewers, averaging 6.6 million to top ABC (5.3 million), Fox (4.3 million), Univision (3.4 million) and NBC (2.6 million).

The top show of the night was a CBS repeat of “The Big Bang Theory,” which delivered a 2.2 average in viewers 18-49 at 8 p.m.

Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” was close behind with a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo, rising 17% from the show’s previous original. But Fox’s series premiere of “Someone’s Got to Go” was part of a bad night for premieres, managing only a 1.3.

Also making its series premiere was NBC’s “Save Me,” which racked up a dismal 0.7 in 18-49. A second episode followed, delivering another 0.7. NBC’s only other original was “Hannibal,” which equaled its series low with a 1.0, slipping 9% from a week ago.

ABC’s season premiere of “Rookie Blue” notched a 1.2 in adults 18-49, its lowest-ever season premiere and down 14% from its third-season premiere a year ago -- but it did manage to win the 10 p.m. hour against “Hannibal” and CBS’s rerun of “Elementary” (0.9).

Elsewhere on ABC, both “Wipeout” and “Motive” matched “Rookie Blue’s” 1.2 average in 18-49. “Wipeout” was up 20% from last week’s all-time low, while “Motive” slipped 8% from its airing Monday.