Another piece of upbeat news for a freshman broadcast drama: The day after NBC’s This Is Us delivered a highly unusual and impressive ratings surge, now Fox’s Lethal Weapon is showing growth too.
Wednesday night’s telecast of the buddy action dramedy had 6.7 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. While not in the breakout hit ballpark of This Is Us, that’s up 12 percent from last week. Fox gave Lethal Weapon a full series pickup on Wednesday, promoting headlines, which might have helped (but plenty of times networks pick up a show only to watch the ratings instantly drop too).
So far, this is how Lethal Weapon has performed in the demo since it’s premiere in late September: 2.2 > 2.0 > 2.0 > 1.7 > and now a 1.9. So we might be seeing some stabilization at a very competitive number. Weapon was right on the heels of CBS’ Survivor, trounced NBC’s Blindspot (which has really fallen off after last season’s buzzy promise — last night was a 1.1 rating), and just edged out ABC’s The Goldbergs and Speechless.
Among the other new shows on Wednesday night, ABC’s Speechless (6 million, 1.8) and Designated Survivor (7 million, 1.6) both matched last week, so they appear to be stabilizing as well. ABC likely wishes its Kiefer Sutherland thriller was posting a larger number at 10 p.m., but at least Designated Survivor is winning its time slot.
The CW continues to have a rough fall. Supergirl had a good number for its time slot, but No Tomorrow and Frequency are underperforming. Wednesday’s second episode of Frequency (1.1 million, 0.3) slipped from its debut.