TV Ratings: 'Big Sky' Has Decent Opening, 'NCIS' Hits Premiere Low

Big Sky

ABC's Big Sky had a decent initial outing Tuesday, while NCIS led the night in viewers, despite hitting a low for a season premiere.

The David E. Kelley-created Big Sky premiered to a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.15 million viewers — on par with the debut of Emergence in the same slot in September 2019 (0.8, 4.12 million). ABC's dramas tend to grow by a good amount via delayed viewing, so it's likely Big Sky will add at least a couple million viewers over the next week. Lead-in The Bachelorette topped primetime with a 1.4 in the 18-49 demo and drew 4.67 million viewers; both figures are down from last week.

At CBS, NCIS delivered 10.35 million viewers and a 0.9 in the demo for its season 18 premiere, down from 12.57 million and 1.3 for its 2019 opener. The opening night numbers are a premiere low for the series. FBI (8.21 million viewers, 0.9 in 18-49) matched its demo numbers for last season's premiere, but FBI: Most Wanted (5.38 million, 0.6) had a series low in viewers and tied its demo low.

NBC got steady ratings from The Voice (1.1 in 18-49, 7.54 million viewers), but This Is Us (1.2, 6.57 million) and Transplant (0.4, 3.43 million) each declined slightly week-to-week. Fox averaged a 0.3 in adults 18-49 with Cosmos: Possible Worlds and Next.

On cable, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight led in total viewers with 4.25 million, and History's The Curse of Oak Island topped the 18-49 rankings with a 0.5.

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