After the sets-in-use slump during the holidays, primetime viewership snapped back impressively during the seven days measured to date, with 13 regular series logging season highs. New time-period competitive situations began to appear.
On Thursday (Jan. 3), NBC’s “Blossom” previewed behind “Cosby” and earned fourth place for that week. That night, the debut of “Wings” at 9:30 got an 18.1/29, better than any “Grand” rating this season. However, when “Blossom” premiered in its regular slot Monday (Jan. 7), it ran third in the period.
A mini-revival of the Western began Friday when CBS’ “Guns Of Paradise” had its season debut with a second-place 12.3/20. The next night, ABC’s “Young Riders” posted its season high, taking the second half-hour from NBC’s “Fanelli Boys.” Then at 9, CBS’ “Gunsmoke: The Last Apache” movie repeat posted a 9.3/16, matching the season high for the web’s Saturday movies. CBS’ “Sons & Daughters” preemed Friday, second in its 10 p.m. slot (11.1/20). CBS had its best Sunday score of the season.
In the three days of Week 17 to date, “Equal Justice” debuted moderately Wednesday (Jan. 9) with a second-place 9.6/17. The same night, a two-hour “Hunter” got its best numbers of the season (15.6/16), with the figures for its second hour (17.0/30) the highest NBC has gotten Wednesday at 10 since “Quincy, M.E.”