The winners – You have to start with “Chicago Fire,” which matched the 2.7 demo rating of last season’s premiere. While it has a good lead-in courtesy of “The Voice” (4.0, higher than yesterday’s premiere), this is still great for a show that at one point appeared to be a fringe player for NBC.
Also, we’ll give a tip of the cap right now to “NCIS: New Orleans.” While a 2.5 rating is not necessarily stunning, the 17+ million viewers is something they should be very proud of. This show will be staying put for a while.
Decent performers – “Forever” matched the 1.7 rating that the show had for its premiere, meaning that it may not be completely dead just yet. Meanwhile, “NCIS” drew a 2.9 that is still very good, but down pretty significantly from last year’s premiere. Interest in the show is clearly less, at least among the younger group that CBS cares about.
Also, “Person of Interest” scored a 1.8 rating for the premiere that was okay, but not spectacular.
The losers – Fox is down the toilet already. “Utopia” (0.8) continues to disappoint, while “New Girl” (1.3) and “The Mindy Project” (1.0) both struggled versus last week’s premieres.
Also, we worry about “Agents of SHIELD” after the show premiered to a 1.9. Remember here that this is not a cheap show to make, and this is a show that premiered last year to a 4.7. The only thing that it can blame is poor quality for the first half of last season. Once people leave, it’s hard to get them back.
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