Net wins among young adults behind top comedy, drama

Riding TV’s top-rated drama (“NCIS”) and comedy (“Two and a Half Men”), CBS cruised to victory in key demos for the second week of the season.

The Eye got good production out of most of its newbies and claimed six of the week’s top 10 programs in adults 18-49 — the most for any network in Week 2 since NBC in 2003.

Fox too had another good week, and its new shows are holding up best relative to their premieres.

Through two weeks, CBS and Fox were neck and neck among adults 18-49, with the Eye roughly on par with last year and Fox — aided mostly by “The X Factor” — up by about 15%. ABC and NBC are in a tight battle for third, with the Alphabet off slightly vs. last year and the Peacock down about 10%.

CBS is the clear leader in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

Most impressive newcomers after multiple airings are Fox’s “New Girl” and CBS’ “2 Broke Girls.” ABC’s “Revenge” and “Pan Am” held up well enough in their second outings to suggest they could be around a while, as did CBS dramas “Person of Interest” and “Unforgettable.” And NBC has something of a spark on Wednesday with “Up All Night.”

Peacock has already pulled the plug on “The Playboy Club,” while others not looking so hot are ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels” and NBC’s “Free Agents” and “Prime Suspect.”

Looking at the Nielsens for the Sept. 26-Oct. 2 frame, CBS led in adults 18-49 with a 3.2 rating/9 share, with Fox a solid second (2.8/8) and NBC (2.4/7) and ABC (2.4/6) tied for third. The Eye won by 3 shares over Fox in adults 25-54 and ran away in total viewers (12.2 million to 8.7 million for ABC).

For CBS, the Ashton Kutcher-led “Two and a Half Men” held up well in its second week (7.4/17 in 18-49, 20.52m) — the frame’s No. 1 show in 25-54 (8.7/18) and total viewers — and still looked strong in its third try. TV’s No. 1 comedy block included “How I Met Your Mother” (4.5/12, 10.50m), the timeslot debut of “2 Broke Girls” (4.6/12, 11.75m) and the season opener of “Mike & Molly” (4.8/11, 13.86m).

“Hawaii Five-0″ (3.2/8, 11.26m) topped its drama competish in demos too, as the Eye won the 10:30 p.m. half-hour leading into the late local news on all five weeknights in adults 25-54.

In their second weeks, rookies “Unforgettable” (2.5/7, 12.43m), “Person of Interest” (2.7/7, 12.51m) and “A Gifted Man” (1.2/4, 8.18m) dropped off in the standard 10%-15% range. But one newbie, Thursday half-hour “How to Be a Gentleman” (2.7/8, 8.98m), could be in danger after its preem last week lost a big chunk of its lead-in from “The Big Bang Theory” (4.9/15, 14.74m).

“NCIS” was the week’s No. 1 drama (4.2/12, 19.51m), beating Fox’s “Glee” head-to-head by 2 shares in 18-49. Excluding sports, CBS claimed six of the top eight programs among adults 18-49 and seven of eight in 25-54.

Fox has seen impressive second-week holds for its newbies, including “New Girl” (4.5/11, 9.28m), down just 7%. The laffer built on its lead-in from a declining but still potent “Glee” (3.7/10, 8.60m) and stood as Tuesday’s No. 1 show in 18-49.

“X Factor,” also down 7% week to week, won its two-hour blocks on Wednesday (4.1/11, 11.86m) and Thursday (5.7/15, 13.45m), losing in 18-49 only to “Modern Family” and “Big Bang Theory.”

And “Terra Nova” opened with solid but unspectacular numbers (3.1/8, 9.22m) however earned points by holding up well in its second outing.

ABC had only three of the top 25 shows in 18-49, with “Modern Family” (5.7/15, 13.45m) up vs. last year while vets “Grey’s Anatomy” (3.6/9, 10.20m) and “Dancing With the Stars” (3.3/8, 16.23m) were down.

Among rookies, “Charlie’s Angels” looks to be in trouble (1.5/4, 7.11m), but “Revenge” (2.7/7, 8.54m) and “Pan Am” (2.6/6, 7.76m) are faring better. And in its debut, Wednesday comedy “Suburgatory” (3.3/9, 9.81m) built on its lead-in from “The Middle” (2.7/8, 8.68m).

NBC was again saved by “Sunday Night Football” (7.7/19, 18.90m for Jets-Ravens), the week’s No. 1 show in 18-49. Its only otheronly other top-25 show was “The Office” (3.5/9, 6.70m), while the Thursday comedy’s 9:30 p.m. leadout “Whitney” (2.5/6, 5.40m) dropped off in its second week but still looked OK.

Second-year Wednesday drama “Harry’s Law” (1.2/3, 7.63m) was the net’s most-watched entertainment series, but is a demo laggard following the even lower-rated new half-hour “Free Agents” (1.0/3, 3.07m). Leading into “Free” was the new “Up All Night” (2.1/6, 5.32m), which dropped 13% week to week but is still a bright spot.

Univision was fifth in 18-49 (1.7/5), winning Friday for the fifth straight week.

And CW continues to show sizable declines even though newcomers “Hart of Dixie” (0.8/2, 1.88m in its preem) and “Ringer” (0.9/2, 1.98m in its third week) built on their lead-ins, and Thursday’s “The Secret Circle” (1.0/2, 2.12m) is a good fit with “The Vampire Diaries” (1.3/4, 2.74m).

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On Monday of this week, CBS rolled as “Two and a Half Men” (6.2/14, 17.71m) declined by 16% but is still likely to be the No. 1 entertainment series of the week in demos. And “2 Broke Girls” (4.5/11, 11.42m) matched its “How I Met Your Mother” demo lead-in (4.5/12, 10.39m).

At Fox, “Terra Nova” (3.1/8, 8.73m) retained its week-ago demo aud, and “House” kicked off its eighth season in a new 9 o’clock timeslot (3.9/9, 9.78m), down just 7% from last year.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (3.1/7, 16.56m) declined further, while NBC’s “The Sing Off” was up a tick (1.8/4, 4.89m).

On the sports side, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” (4.5/11 in 18-49, 10.84m for Colts-Buccaneers) topped TBS’ baseball playoff game between the Tigers and Yankees (2.1/5, 6.05m).

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