ABC and CBS Premiere New Dramas — With Much Different Ratings Results

Jan 8, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The premiere of a high-profile new drama series was part of a winning combination for one network Tuesday night, as CBS rolled to an easy win over its broadcast competition, based on Nielsen overnights. On ABC, another new drama failed to pump life into the network’s numbers.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that CBS’s "Intelligence" opened with a 2.4 average rating in the key 18-49 demo and 16.6 million total viewers, putting the show second in broadcast prime on the night in both measures, behind only CBS’s "NCIS." The 2.4 average in viewers 18-49 was 33% better than the premiere of "Golden Boy" a year ago, and also 33% better than the September 2013 premiere of "Hostages," whose time slot is being taken over by "Intelligence."

CBS’s "NCIS" delivered a 2.9 average in 18-49 and 20.7 million total viewers, better than all the broadcast competition Tuesday night. "Person of Interest" had a 2.0 with 12.1 million viewers.

ABC’s new series "Killer Women" premiered with a soft 0.9 to finish a distant third in the 10 p.m. hour behind "Person of Interest" and NBC’s "Chicago Fire." ABC’s "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returned to a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo, matching its series low and its most recent original.

Elsewhere on ABC, "The Goldbergs" ticked up 6% from its most recent original to a 1.7 in 18-49, and "Trophy Wife" held steady with a 1.2.

NBC’s two-hour "The Biggest Loser" tumbled 15% from its previous original to a 1.7 average in 18-49, while "Chicago Fire," minus "The Voice" as its lead-in, was off 14% with a 1.9.

Fox’s comedies were mixed, with "New Girl" hitting a season low with a 1.6 in adults 18-49, down 16% from its previous original, and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" drifting down 6% to a 1.5, while "Dads" rose 7% to a 1.5 and "The Mindy Project" climbed 8% to a 1.3.

For prime time overall, CBS averaged a 2.4 in the 18-49 demo, ahead of NBC (1.8), Fox and ABC (both 1.5) and Univision (1.3). CBS averaged 16.5 million total viewers to lead NBC (5.9 million), ABC (5.0 million), Univision (3.4 million) and Fox (3.2 million).



  1. I watched both Intelligence and Killer Women. I didn’t think that Intelligence was as entertaining as Chuck, a show from years ago about someone who also had a computer in his head. I hope it holds up but I don’t think it will.
    But Killer Women wasn’t too bad. It is only supposed to run for 8 weeks, and I’m sure it will.

  2. In some areas of NC and SC (like mine) the mid-season “Chicago Fire” premiere was not shown (basketball was run in its place). College sports preempting prime-time shows happened quite often back when we were a “Nielson family” and I have always wondered, but could never get an answer, if the ratings are adjusted for local blackouts. Thanks.

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