Proving just how far things have come since NBC’s Thursday night lineup was “Must-See TV,” the network’s lineup last night staggered out of the gate and got progressively worse as the night went on, according to Nielsen overnights reported by TVbytheNumbers.com.
By the end of the night, at least one show — the new fantasy crime drama "Awake" — appeared to already be in trouble.
NBC wound up in fourth place overall for the night, trailing even Univision in viewers 18-49, as ABC slipped into fifth place with a mostly repeat lineup.
“American Idol”-fueled Fox scored an easy win for the night, averaging a 3.6 rating in the key 18-49 demo, well ahead of CBS (2.3 average), Univision (1.5), NBC (1.4) and ABC (1.2). The gap in total viewers was even wider, with Fox averaging 13.4 million to 6.7 million for CBS, 5.6 million for ABC, 3.8 million for NBC and 3.8 million for Univision.
NBC’s “Community” led off the network’s rough night with a 1.7 average in 18-49, down a half-point from its previous original. And it was downhill from there. Back-to-back episodes of “30 Rock” each managed a 1.5 average, followed by “Up All Night” with a 1.4 and “Awake” with a troubling 1.2 — down 25%.
"Awake," starring Jason Isaacs, premiered March 1 to 6.2 million total viewers, but has been eroding. The number was down to 4.65 million for last night’s installment.
Fox got a 4.0 average rating out of its one-hour “Idol” in the 18-49 demo, followed by a 3.2 for the official premiere of the new Kiefer Sutherland series “Touch” — 15% lower than its special preview back in January, but still better than anything on the other networks.
CBS had the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, meaning its numbers will be subject to more than the usual adjustments due to the live programming. But it appeared to be good enough for a solid second place across the board.
ABC’s only fresh episode was the new Ashley Judd drama “Missing” at 8 p.m., and it was down a substantial 24% from last week’s premiere with a 1.6 opposite “Idol,” “Community” and CBS’s hoops coverage.