UPDATED with finals: Viewers are starting to get the memo that the broadcast season is underway, with more shows on Tuesday popping in the Live+Same Day ratings than on Premiere Monday.
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Kicking off its 17th season, CBS veteran NCIS (12.3 million viewers, 1.3 rating in 18-49) continues to draw audiences. Its season opener last night, which featured Ziva’s return, is the only broadcast series so far this season to cross the 10 million L+SD viewership mark, topping the list by a wide margin and posting its best L+SD since February. NCIS, which also was virtually on par with last fall’s opener in L+SD — not an easy feat — also boosted FBI (8.8 million, 0.9), which topped NBC’s flagship drama This Is Us among total viewers in the 9 PM hour.
The Season 4 premiere of Dan Fogelman’s NBC family drama (7.9 million, 1.8) was down double-digits from the Season 3 debut last fall and off from its Season 3 average but still ranked as the top program of the night in the demo. Because of an 8-min This Is Us overrun, New Amsterdam’s fast nationals were adjusted down in the finals to 5.9 million, 1.0. The medical drama still topped the 10 PM hour in 18-49 over CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans (6.7 million, 0.7), which topped total viewers, and ABC’s Emergence (4.1 million, 0.8).
The sci-fi drama, whose trailer went viral in May, was one of two new series introduced by ABC last night, along with Black-ish spinoff Mixed-ish (4 million, 0.9). Neither was an instant breakout but both had something positive to point to. Mixed-ish virtually held onto its Bless This Mess (4 million, 0.8) viewership lead-in and built on it in 18-49, while Emergence (4.1 million, 0.8) slipped a notch from its Black-ish (3.5 million, 0.9) demo lead-in but built in total viewers. Carrying the flag for ABC was The Conners (8.2 million, 1.5) at 8 PM, whose Season 2 premiere tied/posted series lows but still ranks as the top-rated comedy series in L+SD so far this season.
Fox relocated The Resident (4 million, 0.8) and Empire (3.4 million, 1.0) to Tuesday. As a result, The Resident Season 3 debut tied a L+SD demo low, while Empire’s final-season premiere hit new lows. But the duo boosted Fox’s Premiere Tuesday by 13% in 18-49 from last fall, when the now-defunct The Gifted and Lethal Weapon aired on the night.
NBC, which opened the night with The Voice (8.2 million, 1.5), topped the night in 18-49, while CBS was No. 1 in viewers.