The premiere of the revived “Last Comic Standing” had NBC laughing its way to a ratings victory on Thursday, a generally low-rated night.
NBC was first in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic with a 1.5 rating/5 share and second in total viewers with 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Hollywood Game Night” at 8 p.m. drew even with last week for a 1.1/4 and took 3.9 million total viewers. The premiere of “Last Comic Standing” at 9 had a 1.7/5 — down 15 percent from its most recent premiere in 2010 and a premiere low for the series, but enough to win its 9 to 11 p.m. timeslot. The show more than doubled the network’s average for the timeslot last summer. The “Last Comic Standing” premiere drew 5.4 million total viewers.
Despite running mostly repeats, CBS was second in ratings with a 1.3/4 and first in total viewers with 5.8 million. Its sole original programming Thursday night, “Bad Teacher” at 9:30, slid 21 percent to a series low of 1.1/4 and drew 4.4 million total viewers.
Fox tied Univision for third in the demo with a 1.2/4 and was third outright in total viewers with 3.6 million. “Hell’s Kitchen” at 8 dropped off 12 percent from last week for a 1.5/6 and drew 4.2 million total viewers, while the series premiere “Gang Related” the following hour had a 0.9/3 and took 3 million total viewers.
ABC, which went heavy on repeats, drew fifth place in ratings and fourth in total viewers with a 0.7/2 and 3 million. Its only new programming for the night, “Black Box” at 10, fell 27 percent to a 0.8/3, a low for the series, and had 3.7 million total viewers.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and seventh in total viewers with 1.2 million, while The CW, which aired the film “Labyrinth,” averaged a 0.4/1 with 1.3 million total viewers.