9:03am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Carmichael Show' Enjoys a Solid Opener
NBC's short-order summer comedies continue to perform well. Stepping into the hour occupied by Mr. Robinson for the last three weeks, The Carmichael Show averaged respective 1.1 and 0.9 ratings among adults 18-49 in its first two outings.
With more than 4.8 million viewers, the series also had the biggest summer-comedy-premiere audience in eight years. The bar for ratings remains decidedly lower in summer, especially where struggling half-hours are concerned, but NBC's experiment of airing the two six-episode seasons in such short order seems to be paying off.
Carmichael was crammed in between even episodes of America's Got Talent (1.6 adults) and Last Comic Standing (1.1 adults).
CBS saw steady outings of both Big Brother (the night's highest-rated series, with a 2.0 rating in the key demo) and Extant (0.8 adults).
MasterChef (1.4 adults) was even with last week's episode, ahead of a steady Home Free (0.8 adults) on Fox. ABC was also steady with its lone new entry, Celebrity Wife Swap (0.8 adults).
America's Next Top Model, enjoying its most watched episode in two years with 1.34 million viewers, was steady, with a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49. A Wicked Offer pulled a 0.3 rating in the key demo.