Ratings: ‘American Crime’ Debut Wins Timeslot, But Is No ‘How to Get Away With Murder’

“The Big Bang Theory” and “Odd Couple” post strong marks

Eddie Banks, Benito Martinez and Johnny Ortiz on "American Crime." (ABC/Van Redin)

“American Crime” had a solid series premiere at 10 p.m., but the John Ridley drama’s numbers were down from ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” finale last week.

ABC and CBS tied for first place in key demo ratings, with CBS winning the total viewers battle. For that network, comedies “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Odd Couple” posted strong Nielsen numbers.

CBS and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 2.5 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 10.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was second with 8.7 million viewers.

For CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. scored a 4.7/16 and 17.9 million viewers — both night highs. “The Odd Couple” at 8:30 earned a 3.0/9 and 12.5 million viewers. Following a rerun, “Mom” at 9:30 had a 2.2/6 and 9.5 million viewers. “Elementary” at 10 got a 1.3/4 and 7.5 million viewers.

For ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” at 8 received a 2.4/8 and 8.1 million viewers. “Scandal” at 9 had a 3.0/9 and 9.6 million viewers. “American Crime” premiered after, posting a 2.0/7 and 8.4 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.6/5 and in viewers with 6.6 million. “American Idol” at 8 got a 2.1/7 and 9.3 million viewers. “Backstrom” at 9 had a 1.0/3 and 3.9 million viewers.

NBC and Univision tied fourth in ratings, both with a 1.1. Univision had a 4 share, NBC had a 3. NBC was fourth in viewers with 5.1 million, Univision was fifth with three million.

For NBC, “The Slap” at 8 received a 0.8/3 and 3.9 million viewers. “The Blacklist” at 9 had a 1.7/5 and eight million viewers. “Allegiance” at 10 got a 0.8/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 654,000, airing reruns.