Disappointing debuts for 'Scoundrels,' 'Gates'

A primetime U.S. Open telecast from Pebble Beach, Calif., was good enough to give NBC a ratings win Sunday, a night that also saw disappointing launches for new ABC series “Scoundrels” and “The Gates.”

With its West Coast home this year, the tournament gave NBC a decisive win with a 2.3 rating/9 share in the 18-49 demo, and 9.6 million viewers tuning in from 7-9 p.m. ET. The Peacock extended the U.S. Open into evening play — a strategy to help pump up ratings — with Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell taking home the champion’s trophy. If Tiger Woods had been more competitive Sunday, the numbers surely would’ve risen higher.

Of ABC’s two debuting series, 10 o’clock drama “The Gates” (1.5/4, 4.6m) fared slightly better than “Scoundrels” an hour earlier (1.3/4, 5.1m), but the latter was going up against a pair of solid toons from Fox — “Family Guy” (2.0/6, 4.5m) and “American Dad” (1.7/5, 3.8m), although both were repeats. Also, NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (1.7/5, 6.4m) included some of the Peacock’s golf coverage.

With its animated entries, Fox, which included reruns of “The Cleveland Show” (1.6/5, 3.4m) and “The Simpsons” (1.4/5, 3.2m) was second best, edging past ABC. Sunday saw the final episode of net’s long-running sitcom “Til Death,” (0.6/3, 1.5m) which clearly went off the air without much press or audience fanfare. An original “Sons of Tucson” followed at 7:30, and that managed to perform even worse (0.6/2, 1.3m).

Alphabet started the evening with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.1/4, 4.6m) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (1.1/4, 4.7m). CBS failed to gain traction with repeats of “60 Minutes,” “I Get That a Lot” and back-to-back episodes of “Cold Case.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.8/6; Fox, 1.3/5; ABC, 1.2/4; CBS, 1.0/3; Univision, 0.7/2; CW, 0.4/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 7.3 million; CBS, 5.4 million; ABC, 4.8 million; Fox, 2.9 million; Univision, 1.7 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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