Ratings: ‘The Grinder,’ ‘Grandfathered’ Have Decent Debuts, ‘Limitless’ Holds Steady

Both “The Muppets” and “Scream Queens” drop from premieres

Last Updated: September 30, 2015 @ 9:43 AM

Fox’s new comedies “The Grinder” and “Grandfathered” debuted to decent ratings on Tuesday night, while “Limitless” on CBS retained all of its audience in the key demographic from its premiere last week.

The John Stamos led “Grandfathered” kicked things off, opening to a 1.5 rating/5 share in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 5.3 million viewers, according to preliminary numbers. Rob Lowe‘s “The Grinder” was about even with Stamos, generating a 1.5/5 and 4.9 million viewers.

The CBS drama “Limitless” held steady at 10 p.m. from its premiere week ratings with a 1.9/6 in the key demo and 9.6 million viewers overall. Though slightly down in viewers (9.8 million during its premiere), the freshman series retained all of its audience in the key demo from last week.

ABC’s “The Muppets” and Fox’s “Scream Queens” were both down in week two, with “Muppets” losing around 31 percent of its audience in the key demo with a 2.0/7 and 5.8 million viewers. “Scream Queens” was also down, losing about 15 percent of its audience from its two-hour premiere last week for a 1.4/5 and 3.6 million viewers.

However, “Scream Queens” saw a major boost in its numbers last week thanks to delayed and multi-platform viewing. The premiere episode added around 80 percent more viewers in live +3.

NBC was first in the key demo with a 3.1/10 but second in total viewers with 10.9 million overall. “The Voice” aired from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., drawing a 3.6/12 and 13.3 million viewers. “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” followed at 10 p.m., generating a 2.0/7 and 6.3 million viewers, down slightly from last week.

CBS was second in the key demo with a 1.9/6 but first in total viewers with 12.7 million. “NCIS” performed well at 8 p.m. with a 2.1/7 and 16 million viewers, making it the most watched show of the night. “NCIS: New Orleans” followed at 9 with a 1.7/5 and 12.6 million viewers, followed by “Limitless” at 10.

Fox and ABC tied for third in the key demo with a 1.5/5, but ABC was slightly ahead in total viewers with 4.7 million. “The Muppets” opened the network’s primetime block at 8, followed by “Fresh Off the Boat” at 8:30. The comedy series drew a 1.7/6 and 4.7 million viewers. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” had its season premiere at 9, which got a 1.7/5 and 4.8 million viewers, down 15 percent from last season’s premiere. A repeat of the series premiere of “Quantico” followed at 10.

Fox was fourth in total viewers with 4.3 million. “Grandfathered” premiered at 8 p.m., followed by the premiere of “The Grinder” at 8:30. “Scream Queens” followed at 9.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in the key demo with a 0.7/2. Univision was ahead in total viewers, however, with 2.1 million versus Telemundo’s 1.6 million.

The CW finished seventh with 0.3/1 and 906,000 viewers, airing only the iHeart Radio Music Festival from 8-10 p.m.