NBC’s quantum leap didn’t jump out in the ratings on Monday, instead getting mediocre numbers for his debut. CBS’ NCISmeanwhile, opened its 19th season with the smallest audience ever on the same day.
Returning series on the broadcast networks on Monday – the first night of the 2022-23 season – were consistently down from their premieres a year ago. A double bill of having separate games running on ABC and ESPN/ESPN2 probably helped reduce viewing on other networks.
quantum leapa revival/sequel to the 1989-93 sci-fi series, launched with 3.35 million viewers and a rating of 0.48 among adults 18-49 years old The voice (6.12 million, 0.67). The opening for quantum leap is slightly behind that of Normal Joe (3.9 million, 0.52) at the same location in 2021. quantum leap held up better though The voice’s audience and retains about 72 percent of the 18-49 rating for its lead-in versus less than half for average type last year.
NCIS drew 5.82 million viewers for its season premiere, down 31 percent from a year ago for the smallest same-day viewership in its long history. The 0.42 rating in the 18-49 demographic is also a series low. The other shows of CBS, the neighborhood (4.76 million, 0.5), Bob Hearts Abishola (4.44 million, 0.43) and NCIS: Hawaii (5.31 million, 0.4) also fell by double digits compared to the premieres last fall.
Fox 911 (4.82 million viewers, 0.69 among adults 18-49) saw the smallest declines among returning shows, falling 5 percent in viewers and 9 percent in the key ad demo from last season’s premiere. The cleaning lady followed with 2.4 million viewers and 0.35 in adults 18-49, down 24 percent from the 2021-22 average.
ABC’s Monday night soccer The game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings topped all primetime viewing with 12.86 million and a 3.81 in the main promotional demo. ESPN and ESPN2 drew a combined 7.92 million viewers for the Buffalo Bills’ blowout against the Tennessee Titans, which began at 7:15 p.m. ET.
Fox News did the cable coverage of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, averaging 1.97 million viewers from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. CNN averaged 1.52 million over the same period and BBC America, broadcast by its parent network in the UK, brought in 334,000. (Full numbers for MSNBC were not available.)
For entertainment programming, same-day ratings for a show typically account for less than half of its eventual multi-platform audience. The rest comes via delayed viewing and streaming.
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