8:50am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBC's 'Superstore' Preview Is Strong After 'The Voice'
Comedies may be few and far between on the NBC schedule these days, but the network has two new ones prepped for midseason — the first of which got a solid back-to-back sampling after Monday's The Voice.
With the slightly-lifted singing competition (up three-tenths of a point to a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49) for a lead-in, the preview of Superstore managed a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers. That easily makes it the highest-rated scripted offering of the night and the strongest telecast in that time slot.
Better yet for the midseason comedy: a second Superstore telecast didn't dip too much. The 10:30 p.m. outing averaged a 1.9 rating in the key demo, a reasonable 86 percent of the first half hour.
Competition was not as stiff as usual, as several Monday series aired repeats. Supergirl was the only original outing on CBS, pulling a steady 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. That score was shared by a boosted Gotham on Fox. The drama rose two-tenths of a point from last week's same-day score.
NBC was not the only network to take a stab at something new on Monday. After back-to-back Charlie Brown specials — including a robust 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 for A Charlie Brown Christmas — the second U.S. attempt at adapting the most popular show in the U.K. debuted to a pretty tepid score. The Great Holiday Baking Show, a spin on The Great British Bake Off, opened its brief stint to a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers.
On The CW, Crazy Ex Girlfriend nabbed a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.1 million viewers, the latter a series high for the freshman comedy.