New NBC comedies Bad Judge and A to Z, along with Fox’s Broadchurch adaptation Gracepoint, all got off to a slow start on Thursday night, but there was good news for at least one network: How to Get Away with Murder stayed strong for ABC in its second week.
The Biggest Loser opened the night on NBC low with just 4.7 million viewers and a 1.3 in the 18-49 demographic. New comedies Bad Judge (5.8 million viewers, 1.3) and A to Z (4.8 million, 1.2) were both down 41% and 3 percent, respectively, from the one-hour premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show in the same time slot last year. Parenthood closed the night with 4.3 million viewers and a 1.3, down 7 percent from last week.
Though ABC’s Thursday night dramas where down, all three shows stayed relatively strong. Grey’s Anatomy dropped to 9 million viewers and a 2.6, Scandal grew on that with 10.4 million viewers and a 3.3, and How to Get Away with Murder won the 10 p.m. slot with overall viewers, drawing in 11.7 million and a 3.2. Factoring in its strong DVR growth from last week’s premiere, it seems likely those numbers will go up.
Fox’s Gracepoint brought in 4.8 million viewers, down from Glee’s average in the time period last fall, but up in total viewers. Bones was down a tick from last week’s premiere with 6.3 million and 1.5, though held steady in total viewers.
Still, CBS won the night with football, averaging 10 million viewers for the kick off show and 12.8 million viewers throughout the telecast.
The return of The Vampire Diaries was nothing for The CW to scoff at. The drama drew 1.7 million viewers and 0.9, down from last fall’s premiere, but actually up from the season finale. Reign dropped to 1.05 million viewers and a 0.4.