ABC’s The Rookie christened its brand-new Sunday home with 4.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, matching both its freshman average and finale.
The light procedural doubled what the short-lived The Alec Baldwin Show premiered to a year ago in the Sunday slot, and it gave ABC (faint praise alert!) its most watched premiere in the time slot in four years. TVLine readers gave the Season 2 opener an average grade of “B.”
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Opening ABC’s night, AFV did 5.1 mil/0.7, followed by Celebrity Family Feud‘s season finale (5.4 mil/1.0) and Shark Tank (3.8 mil/0.7).
NBC | Sunday Night Football drew 24.1 million total viewers and a 7.8 demo rating with the Cowboys-Saints thriller, marking season highs.
CBS | With adjustments made due to significant NFL overrun, 60 Minutes is now reporting 11.8 mil and a 1.8, while God Friended Me (7.1 mil/0.9, TVLine reader grade “A-“) and NCIS: Los Angeles (6.4 mil/0.8, reader grade “A-“) are both up from their May finales.
FOX | The Simpsons (2.3 mil/0.9), Bob’s Burgers (1.8 mil/0.7) and Family Guy (1.9 mil/0.7) were all down sharply from last year’s fall averages, while Bless the Harts (1.8 mil/0.7) was up a tenth from Rel‘s one-and-done run and on par with other Premiere Week launches. Readers gave the new animated entry an average grade of “C-,” with only 53 percent planning to stay tuned.
NEXT SUNDAY: The CW’s Supergirl and CBS’ Madam Secretary return, while The CW’s Batwoman and ABC’s Kids Say the Darnedest Things makes their debut.