Thursday Ratings: New NBC Dramas Run Into Stiff Competition

Sep 25, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Thursday night was a tough night to try to break out two new drama series, but NBC gave it a shot and wound up a distant third in the ratings.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the network’s new “Heroes” reboot, “Heroes Reborn,” pulled a 1.9 average rating in the key 18-49 demo for its two-hour premiere from 8-10 p.m., based on Nielsen overnights. The show was up against CBS’s “Thursday Night Football,” which predictably wound up as the night’s top broadcast program (4.0 average in 18-49), along with tough competition from ABC’s “all-Shonda Rhimes” Thursday night lineup of season premieres.

In the 8 p.m. hour ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” warmed up with a 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, leading into “Scandal” at 9 p.m. with a 3.2 — the best non-football number of Thursday’s broadcast prime.

Leading out from “Heroes Reborn,” another new NBC drama, “The Player,” also met with tough competition, managing only a 1.2 average in viewers 18-49 against the last hour of football and the season premiere of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” (2.6 average).

Fox re-aired its two-hour “Scream Queens” and placed fourth among the big 4 nets with a 0.7 average in adults 18-49.

The preliminary totals for prime time find CBS well out front in the 18-49 demo with a 4.0 average, ahead of ABC (2.9 average), NBC (1.7), Fox (0.7) and CW (0.3). CBS also led total viewers with 12.242 million, followed by ABC (9.341 million), NBC (5.639 million), Fox (2.067 million) and CW (959,000).

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  1. 12 million for football, although good, sounds soft for the amount of money that CBS is paying to air it.

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