"Duets" is down, but reruns-heavy CBS wins night with repeats
Fox's new dating shows "Take Me Out" and "The Choice" enjoyed promising premieres Thursday night, while NBC's hospital drama "Saving Hope" got off to a bumpy start and ABC's "Duets" took a hit.
CBS took an overall win, despite airing repeats, according to preliminary numbers.
Running a slate of reruns, CBS took first place in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic and total viewers with a 1.6 rating/5 share in the demo and 6.9 million total viewers.
A "Big Bang Theory" repeat at 8 p.m. was the night's highest-rated and most-watched show with a 2.1/8 and 8.2 million total viewers.
Fox took second place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 1.5/5 and 3.7 million. The series premiere of the George Lopez-hosted dating show "Take Me Out" at 8 posted a 1.3/5 — up dramatically from last year's premiere of "Buried Treasure," which posted a 1.0/3 — and 3.3 million total viewers. The premiere of the celebrity dating show "The Choice" the following hour posted a 1.7/5 in the demo with 4.2 million total viewers.
ABC tied for third with Univision in ratings and took second place in total viewers with an average 1.2/4 and 5.2 million. The network's recently launched singing competition dropped 20 percent from last week, hitting a series low of 1.2/4, and received 5.2 million total viewers. "Rookie Blue" at 10 posted a 1.3/4 and 5.4 million total viewers.
Univision came in fourth in total viewers, averaging 3.1 million.
NBC drew fifth place in ratings and total viewers, averaging a 0.7/2 and 2.7 million. Following "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" repeats, the series premiere of "Saving Hope" at 9 posted a 0.7/2, down 30 percent from last June's debut of "Love Bites," and received 3.1 million total viewers. The time-period premiere of "Rock Center With Brian Williams" at 10 also posted a 0.7/2, and drew 3.2 million total viewers.