The Gifted debuts but Big Bang Theory is still a superhero on Mondays
Fox’s new superhero drama The Gifted premiered on Monday but it was The Big Bang Theory that demonstrated who has the real superpowers in primetime on broadcast TV.
The CBS comedy was the night’s most watched entertainment program at 13.6 million, according to very early returns from Nielsen, beating The Good Doctor on ABC (11.4 million) and The Voice on NBC (10.7 million). Big Bang Theory was also the night’s best performer among adults 18-49 (3.0 rating). Each 18-49 ratings point represents 1.189 million adults in that demo.
The Gifted, Fox’s new drama that’s based on The X-Men titles from Marvel, averaged 4.8 million viewers and a 1.5 in 18-49, according to Nielsen. That rating jumped to 1.9 in the 25-54 demo.
But let’s go back to the Freddie Highmore drama. It wasn’t a bad second week for the ABC drama about an autistic doctor: It’s particularly popular with women 18-49 (3.1 rating) and women 25-54 (3.7), a demo that’s right in the network’s wheelhouse. And it built on its DWTS lead-in, especially in the 18-49 demo (the competition show only got a 1.6).
CBS bowed another new comedy, the awkwardly titled 9JKL. It earned a 1.6 in the key demo and averaged 8.3 million.
As is always the case, these returns should improve once the delayed viewing results come in, so stay tuned, earthlings.