Murphy Brown premiere ratings disappoint; Law & Order: SVU starts okay

Murphy BrownLet the Murphy Brown revival be a reminder that just because your show was beloved and super-popular once doesn’t mean that it will be now.

The first ratings are in from Thursday night, and overall the new iteration of the classic sitcom ended up generating a 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and also 7.42 million viewers. The total viewership isn’t bad for a multi-camera comedy, but you do need to remember that we’re speaking here about a premiere and the tendency is for ratings to fall after the first episode airs.

This actually isn’t the biggest ratings shock from our vantage point on the night — that instead goes to SWAT, which kicked off with just a 0.7 rating in the demo that has us at least slightly concerned for its future on the air.

As for some other noteworthy shows…

Law & Order: SVU – For its first two episodes in its new timeslot, the series averaged a 1.1 rating — it actually fared better in the second episode than the premiere, which suggests to us that there may be a shared audience with this show and also Grey’s Anatomy. As of right now, this season is down a little over 10% versus the season 19 average, but that’s not bad for a year-to-year decline and that is without even considering the time-period change.

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The Good Place – Given that this is one of TV’s best shows, we would have loved for it to bring in more than a 1.0 and a 0.9 in the demo for its two-episode premiere. (For the record, we think that The Good Place would be helped by some Emmy love, but it has a harder time getting it because it airs on network TV.)

The Big Bang Theory – With a 2.1 rating, this was the biggest non-football show of the night … not that this should shock anyone. Still, the series isn’t the ratings monster it once was.

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