12:26pm PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: Where New Series Stand in First 7-Day Numbers
The first set of seven-day ratings for the fall shows big gains for several first-year broadcast series.
Three of the shows that had series premieres in the week of Sept. 23 — ABC dramas Stumptown and Emergence and CBS' Evil — at least doubled their initial adults 18-49 ratings. That trio, along with Fox's Prodigal Son and NBC's Bluff City Law, also added at least 3 million total viewers each after a week of delayed viewing.
As a whole, the 13 new shows posted seven-day gains in line with that of network programming as a whole: They grew by half a point in adults 18-49 (0.7 to 1.2) on average and by 2.43 million viewers (4.31 million to 6.74 million). Entertainment shows on the Big Four networks as a whole added 0.6 points to their 18-49 rating (0.9 to 1.5) and 2.53 million viewers (5.24 million to 7.77 million).
Stumptown had the biggest overall gains, continuing its strong performance in live-plus-3 ratings. The private-eye drama starring Cobie Smulders gained a full point in adults 18-49, rising from an initial 0.7 rating to 1.7, and added 4.5 million viewers. Stumptown's 9.11 million viewers is the most for any new series in week one; it ranked fifth among first-year shows in the same-day ratings.
Emergence is the only newcomer to double both its 18-49 rating (0.8 to 1.6) and total audience (4.12 million to 8.44 million). Evil went from 0.6 to 1.3 in adults 18-49 and from 4.56 million to just under 8 million viewers.
Prodigal Son, the top-rated rookie among adults 18-49 in the initial ratings, kept that title after seven days, improving from 1.0 to 1.8. It added 3.3 million viewers, a bump of 81 percent. Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish got the biggest 18-49 boost among comedies (+0.6), while Carol's Second Act added the most viewers (2.41 million) among the seven new half-hours.
Week one rankings for all 13 new series after seven days of delayed viewing are below.
|Rank||Show||Network||Live +7 18-49 rating||Change from live + SD||Rank change from live + SD|
|The Unicorn||CBS||1.3||0.5||down 1|
|7||Carol's Second Act||CBS||1.2||0.5||even|
|Bluff City Law||NBC||1.2||0.4||down 3|
|Bob Hearts Abishola||CBS||1.2||0.3||down 5|
|10||All Rise||CBS||1.0||0.3||down 3|
|11||Perfect Harmony||NBC||0.8||0.3||up 1|
|Bless the Harts||Fox||0.8||0.1||down 4|
|Rank||Show||Network||Live +7 viewers (000s)||Change from live + SD||Rank change from live + SD|
|4||Carol's Second Act||CBS||8375||2405||down 1|
|5||The Unicorn||CBS||8101||2053||down 4|
|7||Bluff City Law||NBC||7659||3050||down 1|
|8||Bob Hearts Abishola||CBS||7446||1555||down 4|
|13||Bless the Harts||FOX||2122||304||down 1|
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