Despite the long awaited 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' premiere over on ABC, NBC and CBS split the victory.
Night two of 'The Voice' dropped four tenths from last night's unexpectedly high 5.1, but still managed to squeak out the 8pm victory. Bolstered by the strong lead-in, 'Chicago Fire' was up almost a full point from last year's series debut.
TV's most watched scripted show, 'NCIS', returned to bad news. The drama was down five tenths from last year's premiere, and the 3.4 the episode earned made it the lowest rated 'NCIS' season opener since 2007. 'NCIS: LA' did even worse, earning its lowest season premiere rating ever. The most disheartening news of the night came for 'Person of Interest' fans, as the Jim Caviezel led action/drama accomplished the dubious feat of setting a new series low via its season premiere. Ouch.
The aforementioned debut of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' did extremely well, to no one's surprise. The 4.7 it pulled down tied 'The Voice' in the 18-49 demo, and came very close to doing the same in total viewership. 80's set comedy 'The Goldbergs' rode the cushy post 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' spot to a 3.1. 'Trophy Wife' wasn't so lucky, dropping off to a 2.3. The biggest dud of all the new shows premiering last night was 'Lucky 7', which garnered a terrible 1.3. 'Lucky 7' now stands as the lowest rated fall drama debut in ABC history.
Largely bad word-of-mouth seems to have caught up with FOX's 'Dads,' as the comedy fell sharply in week two. Sadly for its generally well-reviewed lead-out 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' the ill will seems to have spread. The Andy Samberg comedy dropped a staggering eight tenths from last week's premiere. The downward train just kept on a rollin', with 'New Girl' also dipping eight tenths, and the already low rated 'Mindy Project' falling to a 1.5. Not a good night for FOX. At all. The CW's line-up of 'Whose Line is it Anyway' and 'Capture' were also down.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
NBC - The Voice (N) - 4.7 - 13 - 14.35
ABC - Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Series Premiere) - 4.7 - 14 - 12.12
CBS - NCIS (Season Premiere) - 3.6 - 11 - 20.02
FOX - Dads (N) - 1.5 - 5 - 3.65
CW - Whose Line is it Anyway? (N) - 0.5 - 1 - 1.29
FOX - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (N) - 1.8 - 5 - 4.03
CW - Whose Line is it Anyway? (R) - 0.4 - 1 - 1.20
ABC - The Goldbergs (Series Premiere) - 3.1 - 8 - 8.94
CBS - NCIS: Los Angeles (Season Premiere) - 3.0 - 8 - 16.35
FOX - New Girl (N) - 2.1 - 6 - 4.04
CW - Capture (N) - 0.2 - 1 - 0.69
ABC - Trophy Wife (Series Premiere) - 2.3 - 6 - 6.69
FOX - The Mindy Project (N) - 1.5 - 4 - 2.94
NBC - Chicago Fire (Season Premiere) - 2.7 - 8 - 8.90
CBS - Person of Interest (Season Premiere) - 2.3 - 6 - 12.44
ABC - Lucky 7 (Series Premiere) - 1.3 - 4 - 4.43
Source: Nielsen Media Research