Ratings: Debra Messing’s ‘Mysteries of Laura’ Debut Does Well With ‘America’s Got Talent’ Lead-in

For Fox, “Red Band Society” got off to a slow start

Last Updated: September 18, 2014 @ 4:43 PM

Debra Messing‘s new NBC show “The Mysteries of Laura” scored in its Wednesday preview, pulling in a 2.1 rating after the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.”

Meanwhile, Fox’s “Red Band Society” had a soft premiere, getting just a 1.3 rating and 4 million viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.2 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 11.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. The “America’s Got Talent” finale at 8 p.m. earned a 2.3/8 and 12 million viewers — both highs on the night. “Laura” at 10 received a 2.1/7 and 10.4 million viewers.

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CBS and Fox were second in ratings, both with a 1.4 rating. CBS had a 5 share, while Fox had a 4. CBS was second in viewers with 5.6 million, Fox was third with 4 million.

For CBS, “Big Brother” at 8 scored a 2.2/8 and 6.6 million viewers. Following a rerun, the “Extant” finale at 10 got a 1.1/3 and 5.5 million viewers.

For Fox, “Hell’s Kitchen” at 8 received a 1.4/5 and 3.9 million viewers. “Red Band Society” followed at 9.

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Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.1/4 and fifth in viewers with 2.9 million.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and fourth in total viewers with 3.2 million, airing entirely repeats.

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

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers with 1.1 million. At 8, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” had a 0.6/2 and 1.6 million viewers. A rerun followed.