Premiere Week Ratings: S.H.I.E.L.D. Sags While CBS and NBC Soar

September 24, 2014 6:16 PM

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What ClickedCBS’s second NCIS spinoff, the New Orleans–based NCIS: New Orleans, went into the season as close to a sure thing as any new show could be, and it did not disappoint. With an average audience of 17 million, the Scott Bakula vehicle held onto 95 percent of the 18 million viewers who watched the season premiere of NCIS: Original Recipe at 8 p.m. And while NCIS dipped 10 percent from its fall 2013 season premiere, NCIS: Quantum Leap ended up improving on the year-ago performance of its time-slot predecessor, NCIS: Cool J. While the season is young, NCIS: QL currently stands as the most-watched new series premiere, a title it stands a good chance of holding onto. CBS also is projecting its newbie NCIS will end up with over 20 million viewers once DVR replays are tallied, a mind-blowing number for a new show circa 2014.

Elsewhere, fourth place ABC may — underline may— have found a fix for one of its weakest time slots, 10 p.m. Tuesday. Forever, a show about an immortal medical examiner (really), notched a 1.7 rating among viewers under 50 and drew 6.5 million viewers in its first Tuesday outing. While neither of th...

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