CBS, NBC and Fox had a three-way ratings tie Thursday.
For NBC, which finished second in viewers, “Undateable” premiered to the top ratings for a summer comedy in five years (1.3) and the most viewers in seven years (3.9 million). That said, those would be soft numbers any other time of year, and there have not been many recent summer comedies.
CBS, NBC and Fox each had a 1.3 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers.
CBS was first in viewers with an average of 5.9 million, airing entirely reruns. NBC had 4.3 million. Fox was third with 3.8 million.
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NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” at 8 p.m. had a 1.2/4 and 4.3 million viewers. “Undateable” debuted at at 9 with the aforementioned 1.3 rating and 3.9 million viewers. Another episode of the show at 9:30 had the same rating but 3.8 million viewers. “Last Comic Standing” at 10 earned a 1.6/5 and 4.6 million viewers.
For Fox, “Hell’s Kitchen” at 8 received a 1.6/6 and 4.5 million viewers. “Gang Related” at 9 got a 0.9/3 — retaining its number from the premiere — and 3.2 million viewers, a growth in viewers from last week’s debut.
Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 2.7 million.
Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and sixth in total viewers with 1.6 million.
ABC was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and fourth in total viewers with 2.9 million. Following a repeat, “Black Box” at 10 had a 0.7/2 and 3.6 million viewers.
The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 829,000, airing just reruns.