TV Ratings: 'Walker' Premiere Scores 3-Year High for The CW

Jared Padalecki in Walker
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The premiere of Walker on The CW Thursday drew the network's biggest same-day audience in nearly three years. The return of CBS' comedy block also sapped some viewers from ABC's game show lineup and NBC's Mr. Mayor and Superstore.

A loose remake of Walker, Texas Ranger starring CW fixture Jared Padalecki, Walker drew 2.44 million viewers for its premiere, along with a 0.37 rating among adults 18-49 in the final same day ratings. The total viewer tally is the highest in its time period since Dec. 1, 2016 (Legends of Tomorrow) and the largest initial audience for any CW program since an episode of The Flash on Jan. 30, 2018. Following Walker, the third season premiere of Legacies drew 686,000 viewers and a 0.16 in adults 18-49, in line with its 2019-20 average.

Young Sheldon was the most watched show on the broadcast networks with 7.38 million viewers for CBS, and its 0.81 in adults 18-49 was second behind ABC's Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.91) in the key ad demographic. B Positive (5.05 million, 0.66), Mom (5.02 million, 0.58) and The Unicorn (3.55 million, 0.41) all improved some in viewers compared to their last airings in December.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune fell a good amount, losing 0.26 points in its demo rating and about 1.5 million viewers to finish with 6.3 million. The Chase (0.72 in 18-49, 4.48 million viewers) also lost nearly a million viewers, while The Hustler (0.51, 2.81 million) fell by about 480,000.

On NBC, Mr. Mayor (0.51 demo, 3.18 million viewers) and Superstore (0.44, 2.21 million) were fairly steady in adults 18-49 but declined some in total viewers. Law & Order: SVU, however, was fairly steady with a 0.66 in the demo and 3.74 million viewers. Fox's Hell's Kitchen (0.72, 2.55 million), Call Me Kat (0.56, 2.53 million) and Last Man Standing (0.44, 2.64 million) also lost some viewers while maintaining their 18-49 numbers.

On cable, The Rachel Maddow Show had the biggest total audience with 3.97 million viewers and carried MSNBC to a primetime win with an average of 3.12 million viewers (just ahead of Fox News' 3.06 million). A pair of NBA games on TNT led the 18-49 demographic with ratings of 0.63 (Lakers-Bucks at 7:50 p.m.) and 0.51 (Pelicans-Jazz at 10:15 p.m.).

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Jan. 25, 11:25 a.m. Updated with final ratings numbers.