As premiere week came to a close last night, over a dozen series debuted their latest seasons; although while the majority held their own against tough competition that wasn’t the case all around.
After a solid week of fall premieres ABC unleashed its revamped Sunday night lineup which for the first time in eight years didn’t include “Desperate Housewives.” Instead last season’s breakout hit “Revenge” slid into the 9 p.m. timeslot and quickly made itself at home. The primetime sudster was watched by 9.5 million people with 3.2 coming from the all-important 18-49 demo. While this was down 10% in viewers (but nearly equal in the demo) compared to its 2011 series premiere, it was up 20% in viewers and a stunning 33% in the demo from its May finale. Compared to “Housewives,” it matched the show’s final season premiere in the demo, but fell slightly in total viewers. Overall, not a bad debut for the Emily VanCamp fronted ensemble.
The second season premiere of “Once Upon a Time,” also had a big night and earned the most (non-sports) viewers overall with 11 million and a demo of 3.8. Like “Revenge,” it was down from its 2011 premiere, but up significantly from its finale.
Unfortunately the news wasn’t as good for the lone debuting series of the night as “666 Park Avenue” only drew 7 million viewers (with a 2.2 demo), which is 30% perfect less than what the eventually cancelled “Pan Am” earned last year in that slot. Coincidentally, the show also lost a steep 30% of its “Revenge” lead-in and also managed to pull in less viewers “Pan Am’s” eventual replacement “GCB” (which was also cancelled).
CBS’ night wasn’t much better as overall the network’s lineup saw double-digits declines from their 2011 bows including demo drops of 22% for “60 Minutes,” 17% for “The Amazing Race,” 18% for “The Good Wife” and a dramatic 25% for the re-located “The Mentalist.” However the good news for “The Mentalist” was it actually up 24% from the final episode of “CSI: Miami” which aired in that timeslot last season.
FOX’s “Animation Domination” also saw a night of decreases except for network staple “The Simpsons” which saw its 24th season premiere pull about the same numbers as last year (8 million, 3.7 demo).
The night’s biggest gains from NBC which pulled big numbers for its “Sunday Night Football” game between two big market teams (Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants). Over 18 million viewers tuned into the NFC grudge match which was up 23% from last year’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. In fact not only was it the best week 4 primetime game in 16 years, but it was the highest-rated primetime game to air during premiere week since 1996.
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For previews of the 2012 Fall TV season you can click on the below:
“The New Normal”
“The Mob Doctor”
“Ben and Kate”
“The Mindy Project”
“Made In Jersey”
“666 Park Avenue”
“Sons Of Anarchy”
“The X Factor”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“The Good Wife”
“Once Upon A Time”
2012 Fall Preview Week Coverage:
–Most Promising Comedies
–Most Promising Dramas
–Least Promising Series
–Celebrities To Watch
-Ratings Winners & Losers