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CSI finale ratings strong, Quantico shows promise

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CBS said goodbye to old friends Sunday, while ABC said hello to a potential new hit in Quantico.

The two-hour series finale for CSI averaged 12.1 million viewers — the franchise’s largest audience since January of 2012. It was also the most watched program of the night and is expected to pick up another 30 percent more viewers in the next seven days, according to Nielsen.

Other than the much-ballyhooed farewell of Gil and co., Sunday also marked the premiere of Quantico — ABC’s suspense thriller about a terrorist attack and the (attractive) FBI agents who may or may not have had a hand in setting off the explosion. At 7.1 million, ABC says the new drama drew the net’s largest batch of eyeballs since May 2012 and stands as TV’s top-rated 10 p.m. drama among aduts 18-49 on broadcast in three years (1.9 rating). Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.27 million viewers in the U.S.

We know what you are thinking — 1.9 doesn’t sound like much. But the net projects that number will jump to a 3.1 once DVR results come in after seven days. And even after the first night, Quantico performed much better than Revenge (1.3) a year ago.

ABC also rolled out Blood and Oil, its latest sudser about richies. The Don Johnson-led drama followed a fresh episode of Once Upon a Time (1.8) and earned a 1.4 rating in 18-49, down 36 percent from Resurrection’s premiere in the time period last season. Still, ABC projects Once to jump to a 2.3 rating and Blood to a 2.2 after seven days.

Fox highlights include the premiere of Family Guy (1.5, down 21 percent from last season) and Last Man on Earth (1.4, even with last season’s finale). 

Naturally, NBC owned the night with Sunday Night Football, which gave the Peacock a win in every key ratings measure including babies.*  

*Okay, maybe not babies.

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