‘Glee’ Helps Fox Turn Things Around on Night Two of Fall Season

Sep 22, 2010  •  Post A Comment

After Fox’s weak opening night Monday–led by a feeble turnout for the new drama “Lone Star”–the network got some needed good news on the second night of the fall season.

Fox’s second-season premiere of “Glee” surged in the ratings, up 57% from last fall’s premiere, delivering 12.3 million total viewers and a 5.5 rating among adults 18-49, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Glee,” which opened the night for Fox at 8 p.m., was the highest-rated show of the night, and the episode was the second highest-rated ever for the show.

The news wasn’t quite as good for the new Fox comedies that debuted following “Glee,” but both “Raising Hope,” with 7.5 million total viewers and a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, and “Running Wilde,” at 5.9 million overall and a 2.5 in the demo, improved on last year’s numbers for the slot, the story says. And Fox went from fourth place overall the night before to first in the ratings Tuesday.

CBS, with three hours of season premieres for procedurals “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” wound up second overall, followed by ABC, NBC and CW.

Looking at the results hour by hour, at 8 p.m. the season premiere of "Glee" led the way. The season bow for "NCIS" followed with a 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, and the first hour of ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars" tied with the first hour of NBC’s season premiere of "Biggest Loser" with 2.6 ratings in the demo. CW’s "One Tree Hill" was last with a 0.9 in the demo, according to TVbytheNumbers.com.

At 9 p.m. "Dancing" was tops with a 4.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic, while the season premiere of "NCIS: Los Angeles" was just ahead of the second hour of "The Biggest Loser," 3.4 to 3.3 in the demo. Fox’s "Raising Hope" and “Running Wilde” were next, followed by CW’s "Life Unexpected" with a 0.7 in the demo.

The second hour of "NCIS: Los Angeles" at 10 p.m. earned a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, while ABC’s debut of "Detroit 1-8-7" tied with NBC’s "Parenthood," both getting a 2.4 rating in the demo.


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