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TV Ratings: ‘Designated Survivor,’ ‘This Is Us’ Top Premiere-Week New Shows in L7

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The premiere of ABC’s “Designated Survivor” doubled its ratings over seven days, giving it the most growth in Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers of any new-series debut from the first week of the 2016-17 season. But NBC’s “This Is Us” remained premiere week’s highest rated new show, showing strong growth after an impressive start.

In live-plus-seven, the Sept. 21 “Designated Survivor” drew a 4.4 rating among viewers 18-49, a 100% increase from the 2.2 that it drew in live-plus same day numbers. That was the largest percentage gain and largest actual gain of any new-series premiere that week. But it was not enough to lift “Designated Survivor” past “This Is Us.” The NBC drama drew a 2.8 for its Sept. 20 premiere, then saw it grow 64% to a 4.6.

The other big delayed-viewing winner from the week was NBC’s “The Good Place.” Premiering Sept. 19 outside its regular timeslot, the Mike Schur-produced comedy debuted to a solid 2.3 — no doubt helped by a high-rated lead-in from “The Voice.” But viewers continued to seek the episode out in the days to follow. The premiere grew 52% to a 3.5. The show’s timeslot premiere three nights later started from a 1.4 in live-plus-same-day, then grew 57% to a 2.2.

ABC’s “Notorious” and Fox’s “Pitch” and “The Exorcist” saw some growth over seven days, but not enough to shed their status as the lowest-rated premiere-week debuts. The Sept. 23 bow of “The Exorcist” grew 60% to 1.6 in live-plus-seven, still the lowest rating for a freshman debut that week. “Notorious” and “Pitch,” which debuted head-to-head on Sept. 22, each grew 64% to a 1.8, tied for the lowest rating behind “The Exorcist.”

The rest of premiere week’s freshman debuts made up the middle of the pack: CBS’ “MacGyver” (2.6, up 53% from live-plus-same day), Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” (3.2, up 45%), ABC’s “Speechless” (2.9, up 45%), CBS’ “Bull” (3.1, up 41%) and CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” (3.5, up 35%).

Among returning shows, the biggest gainers in live-plus-seven from the week were NBC’s “The Blacklist” (2.7, up 108%), ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” (2.9, up 107%), ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (2.2, up 100%) and ABC’s “Quantico” (2.0, up 100%).