ABC wins night with originals

'Expedition' off to solid start, ties for top show

Powered by a lineup of series premieres and season debuts, ABC won the Thursday ratings race handily over its broadcast competition.

Making its launch was reality entry “Expedition Impossible,” which scored a 2.3 rating/7 share in the 18-49 demo and 7 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. That tied it for top program of the night with another Alphabet skein: The season premiere of “Wipeout” (2.3/8, 7.4m) an hour earlier. “Rookie Blue” (1.6/5, 5.8m) launched its second season at 10 p.m. and was slightly below its year-ago premiere.

ABC won each hourlong timeslot against mostly reruns, but there were two other shows that aired original programming.

Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” (1.9/7, 6.3m) was down a little compared to a week ago. That was followed by “Glee,” which was flat.

Although ABC won the night in the demo, CBS captured the most viewers. “The Mentalist” (1.4/4, 8m) was the most-watched show of the night and an hour earlier at 9 p.m., “CSI” (1.3/4, 7.6m) was second in total viewers.

The Eye offered a pair of sitcom repeats from 8-9 p.m.: “The Big Bang Theory” (1.7/6, 7.1m) and “Rules of Engagement” (1.3/4, 6.4m).

It was a tough night for NBC, which didn’t have a single show draw more than a 1.0 rating. Best for the Peacock was a rerun of “The Office” at 9 p.m. (1.0/3, 2.4m). Network is running off “Love Bites” (0.8/2, 1.9m), which has failed to generate any traction since debuting several weeks ago.

CW aired “The Vampire Diaries” (0.3/1, 871,000) and “Nikita” (0.4/3, 950,000).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.1/6; Fox, 1.5/5; CBS, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.3/4; NBC, 0.8/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.3 million; ABC, 6.7 million; Fox, 4.7 million; Univision, 3 million; NBC, 2.1 million; CW, 911,000.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety

Loading