Ratings: A Million Little Things has slow start; One Chicago starts off solid

A Million Little ThingsThe first Wednesday ratings are in from the fall season and, at the moment, the biggest takeaway that we have is that A Million Little Things has some work to do.

Despite having a solid cast and a premise that feels reasonably close to This Is Us, the best the ABC series could muster for its premiere was a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. For the first episode of a new series, that rating is less than desired. Yet, at the same time there is a good bit of room for growth depending on what audiences do moving forward. We think there is a chance that this show actually builds from this or at least stays the same. If that happens, A Million Little Things has a future.

However, if it falls hard over the next few weeks, this could be one of the first fall shows to end up on the chopping block.

As for some important highlights from elsewhere…

Good news for One Chicago – While Chicago Med, Chicago Fireand Chicago PD were all down versus their most-recent premieres with a 1.2 rating in the demo, they were all up by at least 10% in total viewers. We think that as a whole, this is a very-solid start for NBC’s Wednesday lineup. While these shows aren’t bringing in younger viewers like some other hits that they have, it’s hard to justify sending any of them away when they have this sort of constant audience.

(If you want to hear more about the departing One Chicago cast member, you can do that over at the link here.)

The CBS reality lineup – while Survivor (1.7) and Big Brother (1.7) did not tie Empire (1.9) as the highest-rated show of the night, there’s a lot that they have to be proud of here overall. Big Brother clearly isn’t going anywhere, and Survivor often tends to be steady over the entire season.

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