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TV Ratings: ‘Manifest’ Pops in Premiere, ‘Magnum PI’ Gets Solid Start

The series premiere of “Manifest” on NBC got an excellent start in the Monday overnight ratings, while CBS’ reboot of “Magnum P.I.” enjoyed a respectable launch.

Airing at 10 p.m., “Manifest” drew a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers. That built on the lead in it got from the season premiere of “The Voice,” which drew a 2.0 rating and 9.6 million viewers. “Manifest” was also the second highest-rated show of the night, behind only “The Big Bang Theory.”

“Magnum P.I.” launched at 9 p.m. to a 1.2 rating and 8.1 million viewers. It aired after the season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory,” which was the top show of the night with a 2.4 rating and 12.7 million viewers, and the season premiere of “Young Sheldon,” which drew a 1.7 and 10.6 million viewers.

Aside from the new shows, however, it was not a pretty night for the broadcasters. Almost every returning series saw double digit drop offs in both measures from the previous season premieres. “Big Bang Theory” was down approximately 41% in the demo and 28% in total viewers from last year. “Young Sheldon” fared no better, falling 56% in the demo and 39% in viewers to a new series low. Fellow CBS series “Bull,” in its Monday debut, drew a 0.9 and 7.3 million viewers, down 29% in the demo and 27% in viewers, also marking a new series low.

“The Voice” saw somewhat less of a drop off from last fall’s premiere, falling approximately 24% in the demo and just under 10% in total viewers.

On ABC, the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” (1.1, 8.1 million) fell off approximately 33% in the demo and 25% in viewers. “The Good Doctor” (1.4, 7.8 million) dropped 36% in the demo and 31% in viewers, hitting a new low in viewership.

Fox moved both “The Resident” and “9-1-1” to Mondays this season, with “The Resident” (1.1, 4.9 million) falling approximately 58% in the demo and 44% in viewers from its premiere. In fairness, the series debuted after NFL coverage last season, which drove up the numbers for the premiere. The second part of the “9-1-1” premiere (1.6, 6.6 million) was down over 30% in both measures from Sunday’s Part 1, which also debuted after NFL coverage on Fox.

On The CW, new episodes of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (0.2, 0.9 million) and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (0.2, 0.7 million) were both down from their last original episodes.

NBC won the night with a 2.1 rating. CBS and Fox tied for second with a 1.4. ABC was fourth with a 1.2. The CW averaged a 0.2.

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