Univision edges ABC, CBS; FX should win with 'Anger'

The major broadcast networks didn’t do much to excite auds on Thursday, as they were beaten among young adults by Univision. Ratings weren’t available early Friday for the premiere of Charlie Sheen comedy ”Anger Management” on FX, but the cabler was expected to win the night in key demos.

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision had a solid night with telenovelas ”Un Refugio para el Amor” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), ”Abismo de Pasion” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and ”La Que No Podia Amar” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall). ”Podia Amar” was the No. 1 broadcast program among adults 18-49 for the 10 p.m. hour, and for the night Univision edged past ABC and CBS for the lead in 18-49 while easily standing as the No. 1 broadcaster Thursday in adults 18-34 (1.4/5).

At the Big Four, CBS had the best showing even with an all repeat lineup. Its encores of ”The Big Bang Theory” (2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), ”Person of Interest” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and ”The Mentalist” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) tied with ABC for the broadcast lead in adults 18-49 and was good enough to win outright in adults 25-54 and total viewers.

ABC started meekly with ”Duets” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), and that didn’t help ”Wipeout” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), which followed at 9 p.m. with its season premiere , down 20% from its June bow of a year ago (at 8 p.m.). Closing out the night, ”Rookie Blue” hit a season low (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), down about 20% from last year.

NBC saw more healthy numbers opening up the night with U.S. Olympic swimming trials (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), which placed second among the broadcasters in the 8 o’clock hour with the net’s best 18-49 result in the time period since the midseason return of ”Community” on March 15. That gave a bit of a boost to ”Saving Hope” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), which edged up but remains a weak performer. And at 10 p.m., newsmag ”Rock Center” held steady (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), again ranking fourth among the broadcasters in the hour.

Fox’s new dating shows, ”Take Me Out” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and ”The Choice” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) both hit their lowest scores to date , surprising given that the NBA Finals had aired opposite them the two previous weeks. They figured to be affected by the combo of ”Two and a Half Men” and ”Anger Management” at FX.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Univision, 1.4/4; ABC and CBS, 1.3/4; Fox, 1.1/3; NBC, 1.0/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.5 million; ABC, 5.0 million; NBC, 4.3 million; Univision, 3.6 million; Fox, 2.6 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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