NBC’s midseason replacement “Just Shoot Me” has the honor of being the only new show to equal its numbers from last week as well as build on its lead-in.
Although the Peacock web finished fourth Wednesday night, the Brillstein-Grey comedy averaged an 8.1 rating and 13 share in the 9:30-10 p.m. slot, according to Nielsen. That’s just about equal with its performance last Wednesday, and it increased its audience from its lead-in “Wings,” which averaged a 7.0/11. For “Wings,” which is in its final season, that was a drop from its 7.5/12 average in the previous week.
For the night, ABC was first with a 10.4 rating and 16 share despite a new low for “Grace Under Fire” (7.4/13) in the 8 p.m. slot and a second-week dropoff for “Arsenio,” which went from a 10.6/17 last week in the 9:30 slot to a 8.4/14. Nevertheless, it won its time period in adults 18-49.
Fox was second for the night with “Battle of the Sexes on Ice,” which averaged a 9.4/16, better than the season averages of “Beverly Hills, 90210” (8.3/14) and “Party of Five” (7.2/11).
CBS finished with a 7.0/12. Its new midseason comedy “Temporarily Yours” averaged a 7.8/13, off from its premiere last week, when it posted an 8.4/14. It still held 96% of its lead-in audience from “The Nanny.” It is also holding the bulk of “The Nanny’s” 18-49 women audience.
CBS’ midseason drama “Feds” averaged a 7.1/12, off from its premiere of 7.8/12. It did hold 91% of its lead-in.
Besides the good news for “Just Shoot Me,” NBC execs may breathe a sigh of relief that “NewsRadio” averaged a 7.2/12 in the 8 p.m. slot. While hardly spectacular, that is what the time period has been averaging and was an improvement over “NewsRadio’s” recent outings in the 9-9:30 p.m. slot.
“Prince Street,” which premiered last week in the cushy “ER” slot, fell back to Earth Wednesday with a 5.9/11. Although down from “Law & Order’s” average in that slot, “Prince Street” did nip CBS’ “EZ Streets,” which averaged a 5.5/10, down from its 7.0/12 average of last week.