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NBC was back on top in the key young-adults demo last week, making it six victories in seven weeks to start the season.

In a somewhat atypical week, with Election Night resulting in preemptions on Tuesday and the CMA Awards providing a sizable boost to ABC on Wednesday, the Peacock edged out the Alphabet, which had its best showing of the fall.  CBS remained on top in total viewers, and has won the fall’s first seven weeks by this measure for the first time since 2006.

NBC hasn’t gotten a lot of production out of its new shows, but the net continues to get top-10 numbers out of “Sunday Night Football” and “The Voice” while sophomore “The Blacklist” remains potent and other dramas like “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago PD” and “Grimm” are putting up solid-enough numbers.

Looking at the new shows across the networks, “The Mysteries of Laura” is looking best for NBC (1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 7.87 million viewers overall last week). It has already been extended to a full 22-episode season and has been one of the more consistent shows from week to week on any network.

Friday drama “Constantine” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.14 million viewers overall) was up a tick from its Halloween night second episode but remained third in its timeslot. The premiere episode on Oct. 24 (which did a 1.4) rose to a 2.0 rating in Live+7, and to a 2.5 when alternate platforms (Omniture, Hulu and Rentrak) are included; in total viewers, it grew from 4.28 million in L+SD to 7.14 million.

On the comedy side, “Marry Me” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.54 million viewers overall) fell off some more Tuesday and was surpassed head-to-head in 18-49 by Fox’s competing comedy “New Girl” (1.6/5, 3.38 million). And Thursday’s “Bad Judge” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.68 million viewers overall) and “A to Z” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.74 million viewers overall) both were up 0.1 after effectively being canceled by the net earlier in the week.

ABC had the week’s top-rated new show in adults 18-49 with “How to Get Away With Murder” (2.8/9 in 18-49, 9.18 million), which was also the No. 2 broadcast drama of the week — behind only its lead-in, “Scandal” (2.9/9, 9.82 million). “Murder” has been pulling ahead of “Scandal” in DVR playback.

In comedy, “Black-ish” was preempted, while Friday comedy “Cristela” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.95 million viewers overall) continues to do OK, though last week it fell off a bit more than prior weeks from its “Last Man Standing” lead-in (1.3/5, 6.67 million viewers overall).  Not so hot is Tuesday comedy “Selfie” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.67 million viewers overall), which has been canceled but may finish out the rest of its initial 13-episode order.

At CBS, new drama “Scorpion” edged down again (2.2/6 in 18-49, 10.34 million viewers overall), though last week’s episode drew an additional 4.04 million viewers in just three days of DVR playback, the show’s biggest L+3 gain since its premiere. “Madam Secretary” has been a steady performer on Sunday (1.4/4 in 18-49, 12.54 million viewers overall) and was the week’s most-watched new drama, while Wednesday drama “Stalker” hit a low in its sixth airing but continues to do OK (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.34 million viewers overall) and has been picked up for a full season.

New half-hour “The McCarthys” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.67 million viewers overall) looked shaky in its second week and probably won’t stay around long if it goes much lower than this.

Fox has a trio of newbies consistently doing a 1 or lower demo rating: “Red Band Society” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.88 million viewers overall), “Gracepoint” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.03 million viewers overall) and “Mulaney” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 1.99 million viewers overall). Its savior remains Monday drama “Gotham” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 6.63 million viewers overall), which is the season’s No. 2 new show in 18-49 and No. 1 rookie in all key male demos.

CW, whose “The Flash” was in repeat last week, saw more low numbers for “Jane the Virgin” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.01 million), though the critical fave grew some on Monday of the current week (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.22 million).

Of note in cable last week, “The Walking Dead” had another monster outing (7.0/18 in 18-49, 13.53 million viewers overall), outdrawing “Sunday Night Football” in the demo for a third time this fall.

Also Sunday, Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.83 million viewers overall) kicked off its seventh edition with the best-ever numbers for a season premiere on the network.

HBO’s “The Newsroom” returned to kick off its final batch of episodes with a modest 1.21 million viewers for its regular-timeslot airing Sunday. And Lisa Kudrow comedy “The Comeback” drew 300,000 for its first original episode since 2005.

Hallmark Channel’s early “Countdown to Christmas” programming is paying off, with Saturday’s original movie “The Nine Lives of Christmas” averaging 3.36 million and Sunday’s “A Cookie Cutter Christmas” drew 3.22 million. Both pics did a 0.5 rating in 18-49 and a 1.1 in women 25-54, making Hallmark the No. 2 cable network over the weekend in the latter.

At Discovery, “Gold Rush” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.56 million) was the No. 1 cable program on Friday in key demos and total viewers, and it also led its 9 p.m. time period across all of television — including ABC’s “Shark Tank” — in men 25-54 (2.3/7).

 

NETWORK RANKINGS

Adults 18-49
NBC            2.2/7
ABC            2.1/7
CBS             1.8/5
Fox             1.5/5
UNI            1.1/3
ESPN         1.0/3
AMC          0.8/2
TBS            0.7/2
USA            0.6/2
CW             0.5/1

Total Viewers (in millions)
CBS              9.30
ABC              8.44
NBC              7.78
Fox               4.36
ESPN           2.95
UNI              2.78
Fox News    2.43
AMC             1.78
USA              1.77
Disney         1.31

PROGRAM RANKINGS

Adults 18-49
1.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 7.0/19
2.  Sunday Night Football (NBC), 6.5/18
3.  CMA Awards (ABC), 4.5/14
4.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 4.3/14
5.  Monday Night Football: Indianapolis-NY Giants (ESPN), 4.3/13
6.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 3.5/10
7.  The Simpsons (Fox), 3.0/8
8.  Scandal (ABC), 2.9/9
8.  Thursday Night Football: Cleveland-Cincinnati (NFLN), 2.9/9
8.  Talking Dead (AMC), 2.9/8
11.  College football: Alabama-LSU (CBS), 2.8/10
11.  How to Get Away With Murder (ABC), 2.8/9
13.  Once Upon a Time (ABC), 2.5/7
14.  The Blacklist (NBC), 2.4/7
14.  Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 2.4/7
14.  Gotham (Fox), 2.4/7
17.  Mom (CBS), 2.3/7
17.  Survivor (CBS), 2.3/7
17.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 2.3/7
20.  2 Broke Girls (CBS), 2.2/7
20.  Scorpion (CBS), 2.2/6

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  Sunday Night Football: Chicago-Green Bay (NBC), 18.13
2.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 16.56
3.  CMA Awards (ABC), 16.25
4.  The Walking Dead (AMC), 13.53
5.  Dancing With the Stars (ABC), 13.09
6.  Madam Secretary (CBS), 12.54
7.  Monday Night Football: Indianapolis-NY Giants (ESPN), 12.36
8.  60 Minutes (CBS), 12.16
9.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 12.06
10.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 11.51
11.  NCIS, 9 p.m.-r, 11.47
12.  Mom (CBS), 10.80
13.  The Good Wife (CBS), 10.72
14.  Scorpion (CBS), 10.34
15.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 9.91
16.  Scandal (ABC), 9.82
17.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 9.79
18.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 9.58
19.  Survivor (CBS), 9.31
20.  The Blacklist (NBC), 9.30