Ratings: ‘Mr. Robinson’ Scores Biggest Summer Comedy Debut Audience in 8 Years

NBC edges CBS in key 18-49 demo despite soft “America’s Got Talent,” strong “Big Brother”

Welcome to the primetime neighborhood, “Mr. Robinson.”

NBC’s Craig Robinson sitcom debuted to the biggest audience for a Big 4 comedy since 2007, with 4.6 million total viewers. It’s 1.2 demo among adults 18-49 is second-best per the same grouping since 2009.

That number was good enough to help a soft “America’s Got Talent” deliver a demo win for NBC. Unfortunately, a second episode of “Mr. Robinson” didn’t fare quite as well as the first, posting a 1.0/4 with 3.8 million total viewers.

CBS — which boasted a strong “Big Brother” — finished first in total viewers. The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” premiere was flat with last summer’s. “A Wicked Offer” debuted to a 0.3 rating afterward.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.4 million, according to preliminary numbers.

Aside from the “Mr. Robinson” episodes, the network aired “America’s Got Talent” at 8 p.m. ET, which hit a series low of 1.4/6 with 6. 9 million total viewers; and “Last Comic Standing” at 10, which posted a 1.4/5 and drew 4.8 million total viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.2/5 and first in viewers with 5.4 million. The network aired “Big Brother” at 8 p.m. ET, which grew 17 percent over last week to a 2.1/8 and took 6.6 million total viewers, followed by “Extant” at 10, which held even with a 0.8/3 and 4.8 million total viewers.

Fox was third in the demo and total viewers with a 1.1/4 and 3.9 million. “MasterChef” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.4/6 with 4.7 million total viewers, while “Home Free” the following hour drew a 0.8/3 and 2.9 million total viewers.

ABC, which aired mostly repeats aside from “Celebrity Wife Swap” at 10 (0.8/3, 3 million total viewers), was fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 0.8/3 and 3.3 million.

The CW averaged a 0.4/1 and 947,000 total viewers for the night. The season premiere of “America’s Next Top Model” at 8 had  a 0.4/2, even with last summer’s debut, and 1.2 million total viewers, while the premiere of “A Wicked Offer” had a 0.3/1 and 721,000 total viewers.