Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Carries NBC to Outright Opening-Night Victory

CBS settles for second with “Big Bang Theory,” which was down from last year

Last Updated: September 20, 2016 @ 12:52 PM

NBC is your early fall leader!

The network nabbed the first night of the traditional television season outright, thanks mostly to “The Voice.” CBS put up a fight — particularly from “The Big Bang Theory” — but ultimately had to settle for second place in both the key 18-49 demographic and among total viewers. The Jim Parsons-Johnny Galecki sitcom actually slipped 23 percent in the man demo year over year. It was down 15 percent among all viewers.

ABC and “Dancing With the Stars” came in third, with Fox bringing up the Big 4 rear.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.0 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. ET scored a 3.3/11 and 12 million viewers. “The Good Place” premiere at 10 posted a 2.6/8 and 9 million viewers. A second episode at 10:30 slipped to a 2.0/7 and 7.1 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.2 and in viewers with 10 million. “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. ET put up a 3.6/13 and 15.4 million viewers. At 8:30, “Kevin Can Wait” debuted to a 2.6/9 and 11.2 million viewers. The first hour of CBS’ JonBenet Ramsey special had a 1.8/6 and 7.9 million viewers; Hour 2 got the same rating/share but rose to 8.7 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 8.6 million. “Dancing With the Stars” at 8 p.m. ET landed a 1.7/6 and 10.6 million viewers. The “Match Game” finale at 10 received a 0.9/3 and 4.7 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 1.3/4 and in viewers with 4.1 million. The “Gotham” premiere at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.2/4 and 3.8 million viewers. At 9, “Lucifer’s” season opened to a 1.3/4 and 4.4 million viewers.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 1.83 million.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.75 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million, running reruns.