Three newbies opened with nothing-special results Tuesday, as auds stuck with their faves — including Fox’s “Glee,” which made an impressive return.
Last season’s hottest new hour, which expanded its audience in the spring by airing behind top-rated “American Idol,” proved it can stand on its own by logging its best-ever score among young adults.
Vets “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC and “NCIS” on CBS also performed well on the second night of the new season, but none of Tuesday’s debuting series — Fox comedies “Raising Hope” and “Running Wilde” and ABC drama “Detroit 1-8-7” — wowed in their bows.
Of the three, “Hope” may have the best prospects. The family comedy, which received mostly favorable reviews, airs immediately behind “Glee” at 9 p.m., and the net figures to be patient with “Hope” if it holds up reasonably well.
Overall, Fox won the opening Tuesday of the season among auds under 50 (4.2/11 in 18-49, 4.2/13 in persons 12-34), rising by 27% vs. its showing of a year ago, when it aired two hours of “Hell’s Kitchen.” CBS prevailed in both adults 25-54 (4.9/12) and total viewers (16.3 million) despite double-digit declines vs. a year ago (the night of the “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Good Wife” series preems).
Looking at the numbers, Fox’s “Glee” exploded out of the box to kick off its second season, ruling as the night’s top show in adults 18-49 (5.6/16) and persons 12-34 (5.9/19); in the latter it beat the combined deliveries of ABC, CBS and NBC in the 8 o’clock hour. “Glee” logged its second best 18-49 score to date while hitting a series high in adults 18-34 (6.5/20).
It was followed by “Raising Hope” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 7.31m), which lost nearly half of its “Glee” lead-in, tying for third in adults 18-49 and winning narrowly in adults 18-34 (3.2/10). The net then drifted downward at 9:30 with “Running Wilde” (2.3/7, 9.34m).
At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” continued its hot start to the season with its highest-rated fall results show premiere yet (4.4/11, 18.52m from 9 to 10 p.m.). It was up 13% vs. the second of its two hours on the same night a year ago, when it aired a performance episode.
Despite those gains, though, “Detroit 1-8-7” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 9.34m) came in a little below last year’s 10 p.m. Tuesday debut of “The Forgotten” (2.6/7, 9.54m).
While “Detroit” enjoyed a large lead-in from “Dancing,” it wasn’t the most compatible one, and the cop show could benefit from facing a more female-skewing CBS drama next week (“The Good Wife”); also, “Detroit” faced two established dramas in its debut whereas last year’s “Forgotten” opposed a new drama on CBS and “The Jay Leno Show” on NBC.
At CBS, “NCIS” (4.0/11 in 18-49, 19.41m) was down vs. last year’s record-setting premiere (when it faced no Big Four scripted competition) but was Tuesday’s top draw in both adults 25-54 (5.6/14) and total viewers. And “NCIS” was up 12% from its premiere of two years ago, when it faced the premiere of Fox’s “House” in Tuesday’s leadoff hour.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” then kicked off its second season with a pair of episodes (second-place 3.4/9 in 18-49, 15.76m at 9 p.m. and a first-place 3.0/9, 13.60m at 10). Numbers repped a rather stark decline from the show’s hourlong series preem of last year (4.4/11, 18.73m).
NBC aired the two-hour season premiere of “The Biggest Loser” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.23m), which was down slightly from last fall’s second episode (which aired in premiere week). It grew throughout as usual, peaking at 9:30 p.m. with a second-place 18-49 finish (3.5/9).
And at 10, “Parenthood” looked pretty good (2.5/7, 5.85m), dipping just slightly from its second-season preem of the previous week despite facing much tougher competish. It matched the timeslot demo score of last year’s “Jay Leno” (the show’s second Tuesday seg), but those comparisons figure to look better in coming weeks as the talkshow dropped off in later weeks.
CW’s “One Tree Hill” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 1.86m) and “Life Unexpected” (0.7/2, 1.45m) were down a bit from their season premieres of the previous week.
The only Tuesday rookie yet to bow, ABC’s 8 o’clock drama “No Ordinary Family,” premieres next week.