8:42am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Superior Donuts' Leads Thursday Premieres
It was an atypically eventful Thursday evening for the first week of February. Three new shows launched on the broadcast networks, two of them comedies going head-to-head.
No surprise here: the leader of the pack was the one that got a lead-in from Thursday king The Big Bang Theory. After the night's highest-rated and most-watched telecast, CBS freshman Superior Donuts got off to a decent start with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers. That puts it in the upper echelon of comedy premieres this season, behind only Kevin Can Wait and The Mick. Superior Donuts' arrival on CBS is one of particular interest, as the Jermaine Fowler vehicle has the distinction of being the network's only current comedy with a non-white lead. (The network's relative lack of on-screen diversity, at least on the tops of call sheets, has been a source of continued criticism for CBS.)
Superior Donuts premiered against NBC's Powerless — TV's latest comic book property, albeit the first in a half-hour format. Airing after Superstore, the sitcom earned a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.1 million viewers. It was a softer lead-in, to say the least, with Superstore earning a 1.2 demo rating against The Big Bang Theory's 3.1 rating.
The night's weakest entry, at least by Nielsen's live-plus-same day measurement, was CBS' spin on Training Day. The Oscar-winning film found its way to serialized TV, 16 years later and with a different cast, earning a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers. That was after steady episodes of Mom (1.6 adults) and Life in Pieces (1.3 adults).
ABC was also all-new for the night, airing Grey's Anatomy to the tune of a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 — followed by Scandal (1.8 adults) and How to Get Away With Murder (1.3 adults). All three were down a shade from their winter returns the previous week.
After NBC's comedies, the network had even new outings for Chicago Med (1.2 adults) and The Blacklist (0.9 adults). Hell's Kitchen wrapped its latest season on Fox with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, while My Kitchen Rules came in at a 0.7 rating.
And, on the CW, the second episode of freshman entry Riverdale earned a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 — reasonably steady with last week's premiere after an even Supernatural (0.6 adults).