Ratings: Fox’s ‘Second Chance’ Debuts to 4.8 Million Viewers After ‘American Idol’

Show’s modest 1.2 rating in key demo is enough to let Fox squeak by ABC in Wednesday’s primetime

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You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and the first impression for Fox’s “Second Chance” was not all that memorable.

The series debut for the show formerly called “Lookinglass” — and “The Frankenstein Code” before that — received a 1.2 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 4.8 million viewers overall. The numbers were likely goosed because “Second Chance” aired after “American Idol.”

The modest demographic rating didn’t drag Fox so far down that it lost out on being No. 1 in the demo for the night, though NBC and CBS both bested the network across primetime’s total audience metric. As a matter of fact, NBC’s total-viewer victory marked the first in-season Wednesday win with regular programs since Premiere Week 2014.

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic but third in total viewers with an average of 7.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Idol” earned a 2.5/8 and 9.7 million total viewers at 8 p.m. ET. “Second Chance” followed at 9, getting a 4 share.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.8/6 but fourth in viewers with 6.1 million. “The Middle” at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.9/7 and 7.4 million viewers. “The Goldbergs” at 8:30 got a 2.0/6 and 6.3 million viewers. “Modern Family” at 9 received a 2.6/8 and 8.2 million viewers. “Black-ish” at 9:30 posted a 1.9/6 and 6.1 million viewers. “American Crime” at 10 landed a 1.1/4 and 4.3 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.7/6 but first in viewers with 7.8 million. “The Mysteries of Laura” at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.2/4 and 7.5 million viewers. “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 got a 2.0/6 and 8 million viewers. “Chicago PD” at 10 received a 2.0/7 and 8 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.6/5 but second in viewers with 7.6 million. At 8 p.m. ET, “2 Broke Girls” had a 1.7/6 and 6.6 million viewers. “Mike & Molly” at 8:30 got a 1.6/5 and 7.2 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” at 9 received a 2.0/6 and 9.3 million viewers. At 10, “Code Black” posted a 1.3/4 and 6.8 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 2.1 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 1.8 million.

The CW, which aired reruns, was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.2 million.