JJ Abrams’ Latest Drama Debuts to Better Numbers Than ‘Terra Nova’ Had for Its Much-Hyped Premiere

Jan 17, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Fox unveiled a new drama Monday night, and the show did better than the premiere for the network’s high-profile series “Terra Nova,” TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

The two-hour premiere for J.J. Abrams’  “Alcatraz” pulled in a 3.3 average rating in the key 18-49 demo — two tenths better than the 3.1 that “Terra Nova” averaged when it bowed on the network back in September.

The number was good enough to land Fox in second place for the night. CBS won prime time with a 3.8 average in viewers 18-49, followed by Fox (3.3), ABC (2.4) and NBC (2.2). Total viewers saw CBS in front with 11.1 million, followed closely by NBC with 10.8 million, then Fox (10.0 million) and ABC (8.0 million).

Raising NBC’s fortunes — especially among older viewers — was the “Betty White’s 90th Birthday” special, which averaged a 2.7 in adults 18-49 and 13.9 million overall viewers, followed by the premiere of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” with a 2.6 in the demo and 12.2 million overall viewers.

As usual on Mondays, CBS rode the strength of its sitcoms, with a 4.6 in the 18-49 demo for “Two and a Half Men” — up 5% from its previous original two weeks ago — a 4.5 for the freshman “2 Broke Girls” (up a tenth), a 4.4 for “How I Met Your Mother” (up 13%) and a 3.8 for “Mike & Molly” (even). CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” was down 3% with a 2.8.

ABC’s unspectacular night included a two-hour “Bachelor” (2.4 average rating in 18-49) followed by “Castle” (2.3).

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  1. Come on folks, I’m over 65, but am not dead yet. Let’s report some total household numbers for Alcatraz as retired seniors with disposable income are spending more money than 18-49 year olds whose houses are underwater.

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