Notes: CBS easily and unsurprisingly won the total viewer race last night, but actually managed to win among the 18-49 demo too, something which the network doesn't do that often.
They can thank The Big Bang Theory for that, which set a series record in both demos and total viewers for a season premiere broadcast. Lead out Two and a Half men did an okay job of hanging on to Big Bang's viewers, but still didn't do exceptionally well, especially when compared to the gigantic numbers last year's season premiere did. Admittedly, that was Ashton Kutcher's debut on the show, and thus not a normal circumstance. Person Of Interest came in nearly even with last year's series premiere, although its demos continue to skew a little older than CBS would like. The series premiere of Elementary actually topped POI in the demos, and held on to most of its overall audience. Over on FOX, The X-Factor dropped a decent amount from last week, with Glee taking an even bigger drop.
To my surprise, Last Resort debuted to a much, much lower 18-49 demo than anyone was expecting. ABC's audience tends to skew a lot younger than say CBS, and if this trend continues, the show will be canceled within months. This is all in spite of near universal critical raves for the pilot. On the other hand, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal both rose from last year's premiere numbers.
SNL's Weekend Update special came in just below last week's totals, while Up All Night came in dead even with week one. Unfortunately for an already worried NBC, The Office came in even with last week's dreadful premiere numbers, while Parks & Recreation actually went down a bit from last week.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
CBS - The Big Bang Theory (Season Premiere) - 5.0 - 15 - 15.66
FOX - The X Factor (N) - 3.2 - 10 - 9.39
ABC - Last Resort (Series Premiere) - 2.2 - 7 - 9.31
NBC - SNL Weekend Update Thursday (N) - 1.5 - 6 - 4.67
CW - The Vampire Diaries (R) - 0.3 - 1 - 0.72
CBS - Two and a Half Men (Season Premiere) - 3.5 - 10 - 12.54
NBC - Up All Night (N) - 1.4 - 4 - 3.26
ABC - Grey's Anatomy (Season Premiere) - 4.4 - 12 - 11.73
CBS - Person Of Interest (Season Premiere) - 2.9 - 8 - 14.28
FOX - Glee (N) - 2.4 - 7 - 5.79
NBC - The Office (N) - 2.1 - 6 - 4.13
CW - The Next (N) - 0.3 - 1 - 0.69
NBC - Parks and Recreation (N) - 1.6 - 4 - 3.27
CBS - Elementary (Series Premiere) - 3.1 - 9 - 13.41
ABC - Scandal (Season Premiere) - 2.1 - 6 - 6.74
NBC - Rock Center With Brian Williams (N) - 0.8 - 2 - 3.13
Source: Nielsen Media Research