The broadcast networks had their big guns blazing Monday for opening night of the fall season, with important new shows premiering on CBS, NBC and Fox. But it was a returning reality competition from ABC that was the evening’s big winner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Fox got mostly bad news, as its acclaimed new series “Lone Star” did even worse than predicted, the story reports.
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” was the night’s top show on broadcast with 21.0 million total viewers and a 5.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, up 22% from last fall’s premiere, according to Nielsen overnight ratings.
CBS’s great expectations for its new “Hawaii Five-0” weren’t quite met, but the show did open strong with 13.8 million total viewers and a 3.8 rating in the demo. “Five-0” easily won the 10 p.m. hour but was off slightly in the demo from its lead-in, “Mike & Molly,” which had a 3.9 demo rating. Perhaps more ominously, “Five-0” fell a bit from the first half-hour to the second. CBS’s returning comedies fared well, led by “Two and a Half Men” with a 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to TVbytheNumbers.com.
Over at NBC the news was mostly good, as “The Event” delivered better-than-expected numbers: 11.2 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in the demo. But it was followed by a modest premiere for the Jerry Bruckheimer thriller “Chase,” which pulled in 7.9 million overall viewers and a 2.5 demo rating, finishing third in the 10 p.m. hour behind CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” and ABC’s returning “Castle.”
Fox did have the highest-rated drama of the night in “House,” with 10.5 million total viewers and a 4.1 rating in the demo, but that was down substantially from last year’s premiere, which had a 6.7 in the demo, THR reported. Still, a bigger story line for the network was what happened after “House,” as “Lone Star” was off a whopping 68% from its lead-in with 4.1 million overall viewers and a disappointing 1.3 rating in 18-49.
ABC won the night overall, with CBS second, NBC third, Fox fourth and CW fifth, TVbytheNumbers.com reported.
The broadcast nets were down overall by an average of 20% from last fall’s opening night, THR, reported, but that was mostly attributable to a 60% drop for Fox. ABC was up 20% and NBC up 12%, with CBS slipping 7%, the story reports.