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NBC, CBS win premiere week as Fox slips

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Premiere week ratings are in: NBC and CBS have reasons to celebrate while Fox’s numbers are far from utopian.

NBC led the first week of the 2014-15 broadcast season by a wide margin in the key adults 18-49 demo, while CBS was tops among total viewers. Though NBC’s demo victory is more enviable from an advertiser perspective, CBS has the important bragging point of being the only network to show a gain among 18-49 compared to last fall—CBS was up 9 percent in the demo, while NBC, ABC and Fox were down between 3 and 9 percent each (full charts below). Three of the four networks managed to post year-over-year gains among total viewers.

NBC was powered by Sunday Night Football, the return of The Voice and strong 10 p.m. dramas like The Blacklist. NBC has now won fall premiere week three years in a row (guess how many years The Voice has aired in the fall?). Even critically trounced drama Mysteries of Laura did better than expected. On the soft side, NBC’s veteran reality series The Biggest Loser is no longer pulling its weight.

CBS had victories from NFL coverage, double pumping The Big Bang Theory, and from new drama Scorpion. On the other hand, CBS’ Friday block — including The Amazing Race, moved to a new night—was weak out of the gate. Plus new drama Madam Secretary softened for its second episode.

ABC had a spectacular streak on Thursday thanks to its Shonda Rhimes-produced triple header including new drama How to Get Away with Murder. The return of Modern Family and Once Upon a Time also performed well. But ABC lacked the sports boost of its rivals, and weak spots included the return of Revenge and new drama Forever.

As for Fox, its Animation Domination block had a big night on Sunday thanks to a crossover between The Simpsons and Family Guy, and new drama Gotham got off to a good start. But airing struggling new reality show Utopia twice a week has created some Nielsen pits of despair. Also, new hospital drama Red Band Society has underperformed and Tuesday comedies The Mindy Project and New Girl returned low.

Here’s a network comparison chart.

WEEK 1: Adults 18-49

Net  2013-14… 2014-15…Diff

NBC…3.1…3.0…Down 3%

CBS…2.2…2.4… Up 9%

ABC…2.3…2.2… Down 4%

Fox…2.2…2.0… Down 9%

WEEK 1: Total Viewers

Net…  2013-14…  2014-15…Diff

CBS…10.377 million…10.863 million…Up 5%

NBC…9.713 million …10.032 million…Up 3%

ABC…7.993 million …8.265 million …Up 3%

Fox….6.030 million …5.241 million…Down 13%

Now here’s a dizzying series ranker chart among adults 18-49. Note: These totals only include DVR viewing for the same night each show aired. More complete DVR data is starting to come in with significant bumps for many shows:

SHOW / NETWORK / DAY OF WEEK / 18-49 RATING

NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL-09/28/2014 NBC ……S 8.7
CBS+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL-09/25/2014 CBS …T… 6.0
BIG BANG THEORY, THE:SP-09/22/2014 CBS M…… 5.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE-09/22/2014 CBS M…… 5.4
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3-09/28/2014 NBC ……S 4.6
FAMILY GUY-09/28/2014 FOX ……S 4.5
VOICE-TUE-09/23/2014 NBC .T….. 4.1
HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER-09/25/2014 ABC …T… 3.9
VOICE-09/22/2014 NBC M…… 3.9
SCANDAL-09/25/2014 ABC …T… 3.9
MODERN FAMILY-09/24/2014 ABC ..W…. 3.9
SIMPSONS-09/28/2014 FOX ……S 3.9
ONCE UPON A TIME-09/28/2014 ABC ……S 3.7
BLACKLIST-09/22/2014 NBC M…… 3.4
BLACK-ISH-09/24/2014 ABC ..W…. 3.3
SCORPION-09/22/2014 CBS M…… 3.2
GOTHAM-09/22/2014 FOX M…… 3.2
GREY’S ANATOMY-09/25/2014 ABC …T… 3.1
NCIS-09/23/2014 CBS .T….. 2.9
SURVIVOR-09/24/2014 CBS ..W…. 2.7
CHICAGO FIRE-09/23/2014 NBC .T….. 2.6
BIG BROTHER-WED-09/24/2014 CBS ..W…. 2.6
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE-09/28/2014 FOX ……S 2.6
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS-09/23/2014 CBS .T….. 2.5
RESURRECTION-09/28/2014 ABC ……S 2.5
GOLDBERGS, THE-09/24/2014 ABC ..W…. 2.4
DANCING WITH THE STARS-09/22/2014 ABC M…… 2.2
LAW AND ORDER:SVU-09/24/2014 NBC ..W…. 2.2
MIDDLE, THE-09/24/2014 ABC ..W…. 2.2
MARVEL AGENTS S.H.I.E.L.D-09/23/2014 ABC .T….. 2.1
SLEEPY HOLLOW-09/22/2014 FOX M…… 2.0
CHICAGO PD-09/24/2014 NBC ..W…. 1.9
SHARK TANK-09/26/2014 ABC ….F.. 1.9
UNDER THE DOME-09/22/2014 CBS M…… 1.8
FOREVER-09/23/2014 ABC .T….. 1.8
PERSON OF INTEREST-09/23/2014 CBS .T….. 1.7
DANCING W/STARS:RESULTS-09/23/2014 ABC .T….. 1.7
FOREVER SP-9/22-09/22/2014 ABC M…… 1.7
20/20-FRI-09/26/2014 ABC ….F.. 1.6
BONES-09/25/2014 FOX …T… 1.6
ONCE UPON A TIME:STRYBROK-09/28/2014 ABC ……S 1.6
MYSTERIES OF LAURA-09/24/2014 NBC ..W…. 1.5
NASHVILLE-09/24/2014 ABC ..W…. 1.5
REVENGE-09/28/2014 ABC ……S 1.5
MADAM SECRETARY-09/28/2014 CBS ……S 1.4
DATELINE FRI-09/26/2014 NBC ….F.. 1.4
PARENTHOOD-09/25/2014 NBC …T… 1.4
GOOD WIFE, THE-09/28/2014 CBS ……S 1.3
CSI-09/28/2014 CBS ……S 1.3
BIGGEST LOSER 16-09/25/2014 NBC …T… 1.3
HELL’S KITCHEN-09/24/2014 FOX ..W…. 1.3
NEW GIRL-09/23/2014 FOX .T….. 1.3
BLUE BLOODS-09/26/2014 CBS ….F.. 1.2
HAWAII FIVE-0-09/26/2014 CBS ….F.. 1.2
SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL-09/27/2014 ABC …..S. 1.2
FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2-09/28/2014 NBC ……S 1.2
60 MINUTES-09/28/2014 CBS ……S 1.1
AMAZING RACE-09/26/2014 CBS ….F.. 1.1
RED BAND SOCIETY-09/24/2014 FOX ..W…. 1.1
48 HOURS-09/27/2014 CBS …..S. 1.0
MINDY PROJECT-09/23/2014 FOX .T….. 1.0
SNL PRIME-SAT-09/27/2014 NBC …..S. 0.9
UTOPIA-09/23/2014 FOX .T….. 0.8
MYSTERIES OF LAURA 9/26-09/26/2014 NBC ….F.. 0.7
CRIMETIME SATURDAY-09/27/2014 CBS …..S. 0.7
GOTHAM-FRI-09/26/2014 FOX ….F.. 0.7
UTOPIA-FRI-09/26/2014 FOX ….F.. 0.7
VOICE 9/27-09/27/2014 NBC …..S. 0.6
SLEEPY HOLLOW-SP 9/25 9P-09/25/2014 FOX …T… 0.6
MADAM SECRETARY-ENCORE-09/27/2014 CBS …..S. 0.5
PENN & TELLER:FOOL US-09/24/2014 CW ..W…. 0.5
PENN & TELLER-9/24-09/24/2014 CW ..W…. 0.4
FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL-09/27/2014 FOX …..S. 0.4
MASTERS OF ILLUSION-09/26/2014 CW ….F.. 0.3
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY-2-09/26/2014 CW ….F.. 0.3
AMERICA’S TOP MODEL-15-09/22/2014 CW M…… 0.3
SUPERNATURAL-09/23/2014 CW .T….. 0.3
ARROW-TUE-09/23/2014 CW .T….. 0.3
WHOSE LINE IS IT-ENC-09/22/2014 CW M…… 0.2
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY-09/22/2014 CW M…… 0.2
VAMPIRE DIARIES-09/25/2014 CW …T… 0.2
AMERICA’S TOP MOD-15-ENC-09/26/2014 CW ….F.. 0.2
ORIGINALS-THU-09/25/2014 CW …T… 0.2

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