‘Sirens’ grabs wail of a rating

Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot.

“How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to uncover CBS’s best results in that hour with regular series (barring a two-hour “In the Heat of the Night” last November) since “Davis Rules” and “Brooklyn Bridge” faced football bowl game competition on both rival webs back on Jan. 1, 1992.

The show may have answered the question of how to compete against time-period champ “Unsolved Mysteries” (14.3/22), as “How’d” placed just 2 shares behind NBC’s veteran reality show among adults 18-49 and tied ABC’s tiring comedies. “Beverly Hills, 90210” was a repeat.

The ABC Prods. drama “Sirens,” meanwhile, introduced itself to the 10 p.m. beat with an arresting 11.7/21, ranking second behind “48 Hours” (12.5/22) in households and actually winning the hour among adults 18-49, nabbing a 21 share to a 19 for the CBS news magazine and a 13 for “Law and Order.”

That gave ABC its best regular-season series results there since before the 1990-91 term, as “Sirens” cashed in on a whopping lead-in from “Home Improvement” (22.6/34) and “Coach” (19.2/30).

More TV

  • PBS logo

    PBS Sets New Shows '#MeToo Now What?,' 'Native America,' 'Great American Read'

    Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot. “How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to […]

  • Facebook Watch Chief Talks Early Lessons

    Facebook Watch Chief Talks Early Lessons From Video Push, Unveils 3 New Shows

    Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot. “How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to […]

  • USC Scripter Awards Finalists 2018: 'Wonder

    'Wonder Woman,' 'Lost City of Z,' 'Big Little Lies' Among USC Scripter Finalists

    Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot. “How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to […]

  • THE BACHELOR - ÒEpisode 2203Ó Ð

    TV Ratings: 'Bachelor,' 'Good Doctor' Lead Strong Night on Broadcast

    Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot. “How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to […]

  • Nicky Jam performs "El Amante" at

    NATPE Roundup: Sony Pictures TV Teams With Tegna, Telemundo Nabs Nicky Jam Series

    Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot. “How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to […]

  • Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to

    Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to Help Madison Avenue

    Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot. “How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to […]

  • Blade Runner 2049

    'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Game of Thrones' Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

    Premieres of two new series, ABC’s “Sirens” and CBS’s “How’d They Do That?,” left the competition wondering how they did it Wednesday, as each finished a solid second in its respective time slot. “How’d They Do That?,” a reality hour from Lorimar TV, deciphered a 12.3 rating, 19 share in Nielsen at 8 p.m. to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content