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.