TV Watch: Are new Fall shows getting viewers?

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HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – The premiere of the CBS drama “Stalker” won its time
slot, but the debuts of the 10-episode Fox mystery series “Gracepoint” and
comedies on three networks drew lackluster responses from viewers during the
second week of the 2014-15 prime-time television season.
“Stalker” averaged 9.05 million viewers, finishing first in its
Wednesday 10-11 p.m. time slot and 32nd among prime-time broadcast and cable
programs airing between Sept. 29 and Sunday, according to live-plus-same-day
figures released today by Nielsen.
“Stalker” averaged 3.21 million more viewers than the week’s second
most-watched premiere, the NBC comedy “Bad Judge,” which averaged 5.84
million viewers to finish third in its 9-9:30 p.m. Thursday time slot.
Viewership for “Bad Judge,” starring “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private
Practice” alum Kate Walsh, was 25.9 percent larger than “The Biggest Loser,”
which preceded it. The premiere of “A-to-Z,” which followed, averaged 4.79
million viewers, putting it third in the 9:30-10 p.m. Thursday time slot and
61st for the week.
ABC’s two Tuesday comedy premieres both finished third among the
broadcast competition in their time slots. “Selfie” averaged 5.31 million
viewers from 8-8:30 p.m., 54th for the week, and “Manhattan Love Story”
attracted 4.7 million viwers from 8:30-9 p.m., putting it 63rd for the week.
The comparison with cable programs was not available.
“Gracepoint” averaged 4.76 million viewers and was fourth in its 9-10
p.m. Thursday time slot, and 62nd for the week.
The other Fox premiere, the comedy “Mulaney,” averaged 2.3 million
viewers, putting it fifth among broadcast programs in its 9:30-10 p.m. time
slot and 96th for the week. A comparison with cable programs was not available.
At least 38 prime-time cable programs averaged more viewers.
The network order of finish was unchanged from premiere week. CBS was
first, averaging 11.36 million viewers, followed by NBC (8.99 million), ABC
(7.46 million) and Fox (3.41 million).
An NBC prime-time NFL game was the most-watched program for the fifth
consecutive week, with the New England Patriots’ 43-17 victory over the
previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals averaging 18.84 million viewers.
CBS had four of the week’s five most-watched entertainment programs,
topped by “NCIS,” which averaged 18.84 million viewers. CBS also had the most-
watched comedy, the 8 p.m. Monday episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” which
averaged 16.38 million viewers to finish fifth overall, and the most-watched
new series, “NCIS: New Orleans,” which averaged 16.57 million viewer,
finishing third overall.
CBS also benefited from NFL coverage. The Green Bay Packers’ 42-10
victory over the Minnesota Vikings on “Thursday Night Football” averaged
16.54 million viewers to finish fourth for the week. The 23-minute runover of
CBS’ afternoon NFL coverage into prime-time averaged 21.83 million viewers.
For the second time in the season’s two weeks, NBC finished first among
viewers ages 18-49, the harder-to-reach group that ABC and Fox also target and
advertisers covet.
“Sunday Night Football” was the week’s most-watched programs among the
group, followed by “Thursday Night Football,” ESPN’s “Monday Night
Football” game between the Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, the nine-minute
“Sunday Night Football” kickoff show, the 8 p.m. Monday episode of “The Big
Bang Theory” and the Tuesday and Monday episodes of the NBC singing
competition “The Voice.”
NBC also again finished first among viewers ages 18-34 and 25-54, while
CBS won among viewers 50 and older, a group it has long dominated.
The live-plus-same day figures are treated with less importance by
network executives than they had been in the past because the growing amount of
delayed viewing has prompted advertisers to increase acceptance of figures that
include delayed viewing.
The ESPN “Monday Night Football” game between the Patriots and Chiefs
was the week’s most-watched cable program with 14.43 million viewers, putting
it sixth among all prime-time programs.
ESPN was the most-watched cable network for the fourth consecutive week,
averaging 3.75 million viewers.
The week’s most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the
Tuesday episode of the Univision telenovela “Mi Corazon Es Tuyo,” which
averaged 4.13 million viewers, 70th among all prime-time broadcast and cable
programs.
As usual, Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network,
averaging 2.84 million viewers. Telemundo was second, averaging 1.12 million,
followed by UniMas (480,000), Estrella TV (230,000), MundoFox (140,000) and
Azteca America (130,000).
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” averaged 8.42 million
viewers to end a 263-week streak by the “NBC Nightly News with Brian
Williams” as the most-watched network nightly newscast.
The victory was the first by “World News Tonight” since the week of
Sept. 7-11, 2009, when Charles Gibson was anchor.
The “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was second, averaging 8.25
million viewers, followed by the “CBS Evening News” anchored by Scott Pelley
(6.61 million).
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were NBC’s “Sunday Night
Football”; CBS’ “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans,”“Thursday Night Football”
and the 8 p.m. Monday episode of “The Big Bang Theory”; ESPN’s “Monday Night
Football”; NBC’s nine-minute “Sunday Night Football” kickoff show; CBS’
“60 Minutes”; the Tuesday episode of “The Voice”; and CBS’ “Scorpion.”

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TV Watch: Are new fall shows getting viewers?
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TV Watch: Are new fall shows getting viewers?
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The premiere of the CBS drama ``Stalker'' won its time slot, but the debuts of the 10-episode Fox mystery series ``Gracepoint'' and comedies on three networks drew lackluster responses from viewers during the second week of the 2014-15 prime-time television season.
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