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The CW’s reboot of Kung Fu premiered to solid ratings Wednesday, giving the network a third consecutive strong debut. ABC’s Home Economics also opened to decent numbers, holding on to most of its Goldbergs lead-in.
Kung Fu premiered to 1.4 million viewers and a 0.22 rating among adults 18-49. It was the biggest audience for The CW in the 8 p.m. time period in almost two-and-a-half years — since an October 2018 episode of Riverdale. And while it wasn’t as big as Walker (2.44 million viewers) or Superman & Lois (1.75 million), Kung Fu drew more total viewers than did any season premiere of the network’s returning shows.
Nancy Drew benefited from the bigger lead-in as well, hitting a season high in viewers (628,000) and scoring a 0.11 in adults 18-49, doubling last week’s episode.
At ABC, Home Economics drew a 0.56 in the 18-49 demographic and 3.11 million viewers — slightly ahead of the averages for American Housewife (0.55, 2.95 million) in the same spot earlier in the season. The Goldbergs (0.65, 3.38 million) and The Conners (0.66, 3.38 million across two episodes) improved on last week’s numbers, while A Million Little Things (0.38, 2.26 million) suffered some with a move away from Thursdays.
The Masked Singer led primetime among adults 18-49 with a 1.14 rating, off a smidge from last week, and averaged just under 4.8 million viewers for Fox. NBC’s Chicago Med (6.88 million viewers), Fire (6.65 million) and PD (5.8 million) went 1-2-3 in total viewers.
CBS’ SEAL Team (0.44 in 18-49, 3.57 million viewers) was a little below average, but Tough as Nails (0.43, 3 million) and SWAT (0.42, 3.1 million) were in line with their season-long performance. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show (3.08 million) edged Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight (3.01 million) as the most watched show on cable.
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