With most of the numbers in now for the fall broadcast season’s premiere week, CBS is claiming a ratings win and touting a number of achievements.
CBS averaged 11 million total viewers, which the network says is the largest opening week audience for any network in five years. The announcement cites Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings, live + 3-day ratings and the network’s own estimates.
The network’s three new series, “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait” and “MacGyver,” each opened to more than 10 million viewers, with “Bull” claiming the title of TV’s No. 1 new drama after opening to 15.5 million viewers.
“Kevin Can Wait’s” 11 million viewers makes it television’s top new comedy, according to the announcement. Meanwhile, with 10.9 million viewers, “MacGyver” notched CBS’s best Friday time period premiere in 11 years.
The network said 11 of its series will average more than 10 million viewers, more than the other broadcast networks combined.
“The Big Bang Theory” topped 20 million viewers in Live + 3-Day, while “Bull” and “NCIS” each topped 19 million in Live + 3-Day.
CBS said it was on track to post its largest premiere week margin of victory since 2012.