8:29am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Inhumans' Opens Soft; 'Doctor' and 'Sheldon' Score Big DVR Gains
Fall's first below-a-1.0-rating premiere is here — but so are some of the season's first promising live-plus-3 lifts.
Inhumans hit ABC with a two-hour premiere on Friday night, and as the night doesn't generate anywhere near the heat of the rest of the week, its launch wasn't a total disaster. The comic book drama averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers. Expectations for the series weren't high. Marvel's latest TV effort has been eviscerated by critics since its soft Imax launch a month out from its official ABC premiere.
Good news for ABC, though: They've currently got the highest-rated new drama of the season with The Good Doctor. After a strong linear debut this past Monday, the medical drama jumped to 16.9 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 with live-plus-3 lifts. CBS' Young Sheldon obviously retains bragging rights for the new season's biggest opener. The comedy grew to a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 and a stunning 22.5 million viewers.
Speaking of CBS, the network won Friday night as well. With its trio of heavily watched, albeit older-skewing, dramas, the network was tops by all measures. The offerings also grew steadily over the course of the night, starting with MacGyver (0.8 adults) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.0 adults) and leading into a dominant Blue Bloods. The latter averaged a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and nearly 10 million viewers.
Over on Fox, a new season of The Exorcist limped in with a 0.5 rating in the key demo after the premiere of Hell's Kitchen (0.8 adults). NBC aired a new Dateline, which averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49.