ABC might not have been No. 1 on Monday night, but it has the most to brag about. Early ratings from Nielsen have freshman drama The Good Doctor holding onto most (if not all) of its week-ago premiere.
After Dancing With the Stars, and likely inflated somewhat by NFL preemptions, the new drama averaged a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers — just what it brought in during premiere week's comparable scores. The pilot of The Good Doctor already grew to a 3.7 rating in the key demo and nearly 17 million viewers with live-plus-three day returns.
The night went to NBC, which offered up a similarly even episode of The Voice. The two-hour episode averaged a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. It was followed by the second episode of The Brave, which dipped down to a 1.2 rating in the demo.
CBS followed up last week's massive return for The Big Bang Theory and the launch of Young Sheldon to predictably smaller linear returns. After a new Big Bang, which led the night among individual series with a 3.0 rating in the key demo and 13.7 million viewers, comedy 9JKL Launched to a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. Kevin Can Wait (1.4 adults) and Me, Myself & I (1.0 adults) also dropped from their premieres prior to a steady Scorpion (1.0 adults).
Fox launched new drama The Gifted to a solid 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers. That built on lead-in Lucifer, which returned to a 1.1 rating in the key demo and 3.9 million viewers.
Tentative scores for Monday Night Football on ESPN took a slight dip after last week's surge. Compared with last week, it fell 10 percent — and, stacked up to week four of last season, it was down 8 percent. (It will still easily rank as TV's top telecast of the night.)