Ratings: CW’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Holds Well in Week Two; OK Start for NBC’s ‘Apocalypse’

You Me and the Apocalypse
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NBC’s new hourlong comedy “You, Me and the Apocalypse” opened to credible ratings Thursday while the CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” was down just a tick from its solid premiere of the previous week. Fox again finished on top overall with a two-hour “American Idol,” while new series “Angel From Hell” on CBS and “Shades of Blue” on NBC remained pretty steady.

Among Thursday’s competition on cable was Fox News Channel’s coverage of the seventh Republican presidential primary debate of the season, which averaged an 8.4 overnight household rating, according to Nielsen. This Donald Trump-less debate rated higher than the prior GOP gathering earlier this month on Fox Business Network (7.4) but otherwise ranks as the second lowest of the cycle. Last night’s debate figures to finish in the nationals with roughly a 2 rating in adults 18-49 and about 12 million total viewers.

Looking at the night’s broadcast action, “You, Me and the Apocalypse” averaged a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 5.0 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, holding steady on the half-hour in 18-49 as well as 18-34 (0.7) and 25-54 (1.6). The 1.2 tops the final five episodes of “Heroes Reborn” to air in the timeslot, including last week’s finale (1.0), and also is a bit ahead of where “The Slap” opened nearly a year ago. It could be benefiting from some NBC comedy momentum, as “Superstore” has exceeded expectations on Monday as well.

Review: ‘You, Me and the Apocalypse’

“You, Me and the Apocalypse,” a British-American comedy miniseries that aired on Sky 1 last fall, finished ahead of original programming on both ABC (“Beyond the Tank”) and CW (“Legends of Tomorrow”), both of which did a 1.1 in 18-49. Its cast includes Rob Lowe and former NBC comedy faves Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) and Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”).

It was followed on NBC by “The Blacklist” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s score, and “Shades of Blue” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall), which was down slightly in its fourth week but again beat its ABC and CBS competition in 18-49.

“Shades of Blue,” like its “Blacklist” lead-in, has proven to be among the biggest percentages gainers in time-shifted viewing. Last week’s third episode of “Blue” grew by a best-yet 75% in 18-49 rating (1.36 to 2.38) and by 55% in total viewers (6.93 million to 10.75 million), with the raw total-viewer lift the third largest of any broadcast series last week.

At CW, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) was down just a tenth from its debut of last week — though like “You, Me and the Apocalypse,” it will now have to face original episodes of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” starting next week. “Legends” was second among the broadcasters in the 8 o’clock hour among men 18-34 (0.9/4).

In “live plus-3” estimates, “Legends of Tomorrow” ranks as the CW’s fourth most-watched series premiere ever (4.93 million) and the second highest-rated premiere ever among men 18-49 (2.3 rating). “Legends” out-rated the October 2012 premiere of “Arrow” in L+3 by 25% in 18-49 (2.0 vs. 1.6), by 44% in men 18-49 (2.3 vs. 1.6) and by 3% in total viewers (4.93 million vs. 4.80) while matching it in 18-34 rating (1.4).

Also for CW, “The 100” held up well too (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall), down just a tenth from its third-season premiere of last week. For the night, the net was up vs. the comparable Thursday a year ago (“The Vampire Diaries” and “Reign” ) by 60% in 18-49 (0.8 vs. 0.5) and by 80% in total viewers (2.25 million vs.  1.25 million)

Fox’s “American Idol” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week but continues to perform well in its final season. It was the No. 1 broadcast of the night in every category but men 25-54 (2.5), where it finished a tick behind a repeat “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS.

“Big Bang” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) was down a little from last week’s encore, but still was the net’s top show. It was followed by a repeat of “Mom” at a special time (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), a second “Big Bang” repeat at 9 (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and an original episode of comedy “Angel From Hell” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall). Despite facing the GOP debate on Fox News Channel, the Jane Lynch comedy matched its week-ago score in 18-49 when it had a firstrun “Mom” lead-in (which provided the same 1.7 as last night’s “Big Bang” encore.) Also steady was 10 p.m. drama “Elementary” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall).

ABC was up slightly week to week with both “Beyond the Tank” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and the finale of “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall). Dramas “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” are back in two weeks.