You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tough night for ‘Smash’ in season debut

NBC musical suffers decline while CBS wins night on procedurals

NBC’s “Smash” got off to a rough start in its second-season premiere Tuesday night, registering only a 1.1 rating/3 share in the 18-49 demo and 4.4 million viewers overall.

On the upside, CBS’ procedural powerhouse “NCIS” drew a 3.7/10, 21m, according to early estimates from Nielsen. With three dramas, the Eye won the ratings race over a “Bachelor”-fueled ABC.

As for “Smash,” the Peacock musical series debuted last February with the benefit of coming a night after the Super Bowl and a strong 6.2 lead-in from “The Voice.” The show averaged a 2.2 and 5.9 million viewers over the course of the first season. NBC is hoping that live-plus-7 figures will significantly increase totals for the season-two premiere.

Tuesday’s lead-in of “Betty White’s Second Annual 90th Birthday” (1.5/5.9m) was on par with the other “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” installments of recent past.

“NCIS” was only slightly down from a week ago and spinoff “NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.1/8, 16.5m) was even in the demo but off a touch in total viewers. “Vegas” (1.6/4, 10.2) saw a slight decrease. As is sometimes the case, the CBS shows were the most-watched programs of the night.

Over at ABC, “The Taste” (1.8/5, 5.2m) actually saw a rise in both the demo and total viewers. That provided a solid lead-in for the two-hour edition of “The Bachelor” (2.6/7, 7.7m), which was up slightly compared to Monday’s episode earlier this week.

Fox’s two-hour comedy lineup was relatively even versus a week ago. Best of the half-hour laffers was “New Girl” (2.5/7, 4.8m) at 9 p.m., with lead-out “The Mindy Project” (1.9/5, 3.5m) second, up 12% from last week and posting a best in the demo in four months.

The network opted to air a pair of “Raising Hope” episodes to lead off the night, a move that was necessitated when Fox canceled “Ben and Kate” several weeks ago. Both episodes were originals, with the first “Raising Hope” (1.6/5, 3.9m) slightly outdrawing the second (1.5/4, 3.5m) a half-hour later.

The CW aired the series finale of hospital dramedy “Emily Owens, M.D.” (0.4/1, 1.4m) following a new episode of slightly higher rated “Hart of Dixie” (0.6/2, 1.4m), which matched season highs.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.8/7; ABC, 2.3/6; Fox, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.6/5; NBC, 1.2/3; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 16 million; ABC, 6.9 million; NBC, 4.9 million; Fox, 4.3 million; Univision, 4 million; CW, 1.4 million.

More TV

  • EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit

    Luc Besson's EuropaCorp Sells French TV Production Unit for $13 Million

    NBC’s “Smash” got off to a rough start in its second-season premiere Tuesday night, registering only a 1.1 rating/3 share in the 18-49 demo and 4.4 million viewers overall. On the upside, CBS’ procedural powerhouse “NCIS” drew a 3.7/10, 21m, according to early estimates from Nielsen. With three dramas, the Eye won the ratings race […]

  • 'Saturday Night Live' Spies on Meeting

    'Saturday Night Live' Spies on a Meeting Between Donald Trump Jr and Julian Assange (Watch)

    NBC’s “Smash” got off to a rough start in its second-season premiere Tuesday night, registering only a 1.1 rating/3 share in the 18-49 demo and 4.4 million viewers overall. On the upside, CBS’ procedural powerhouse “NCIS” drew a 3.7/10, 21m, according to early estimates from Nielsen. With three dramas, the Eye won the ratings race […]

  • Lena Dunham

    Lena Dunham Apologizes for Defending 'Girls' Writer Accused of Sexual Assault

    NBC’s “Smash” got off to a rough start in its second-season premiere Tuesday night, registering only a 1.1 rating/3 share in the 18-49 demo and 4.4 million viewers overall. On the upside, CBS’ procedural powerhouse “NCIS” drew a 3.7/10, 21m, according to early estimates from Nielsen. With three dramas, the Eye won the ratings race […]

  • David Cassidy'Once In A Lifetime' concert

    David Cassidy Hospitalized With Organ Failure

    NBC’s “Smash” got off to a rough start in its second-season premiere Tuesday night, registering only a 1.1 rating/3 share in the 18-49 demo and 4.4 million viewers overall. On the upside, CBS’ procedural powerhouse “NCIS” drew a 3.7/10, 21m, according to early estimates from Nielsen. With three dramas, the Eye won the ratings race […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content