The struggles for new programming this fall continue, in particular when the network that you are talking about here is CBS. After saying last week that “Elementary” was the closest thing that they had to a surefire hit on their schedule, we’re now wondering whether or not even it is going to live up to some of its own lofty expectations created by the network.
In its second week, the Jonny Lee Miller take on Sherlock Holmes lost four-tenths of its 18-49 rating, finishing with a 2.6 along with 11 million viewers. These numbers would be solid for other networks, but CBS has traditionally dominated in this time period for a good while; plus, it’s also possible that some local pre-emptions for football could cause this number to drop further in the final ratings. The only thing that CBS really can celebrate is that “The Big Bang Theory” continues to clobber everyone, and it won the night with a 4.9 rating that puts it on top for the week as the #1 show yet again.
Elsewhere, the news was bad for ABC in that save for “Scandal,” both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Last Resort” stumbled in the ratings. As a matter of fact, the latter show pushed itself closer to being in danger courtesy of scoring a 1.8 rating that was down from the premiere. While “The X Factor” and “Glee” were more or less steady, NBC’s comedy lineup floundered some more. “30 Rock” premiered to a meager 1.3 rating, and it and “Up All Night” (1.4) are going to be in serious danger of losing to “The Vampire Diaries” when it returns next week.