Note: These are final numbers in the adult 18-49 demo, unless noted otherwise.
The second night of the new television season featured a big win for NBC, stability for CBS and another amply sampled drama with New Amsterdam.
NBC swept the night again with The Voice (2.2/10) with the season premiere of This Is Us jumping ___ percent from its lead-in to notch a 3/12. The strong performance benefited new medical drama New Amsterdam with a 1.8/9, up 12 percent from last year’s lousy Law & Order: Melendez Brothers mess. Among total viewers, This Is Us was the standout, with 10.9 million as New Amsterdam finished with 8.3 million. Critics decidedly gave a cold shoulder to Amsterdam,
CBS’ season premieres started with the long-running NCIS with a 1.4/6, but drew the most viewers of any shows of the night with 12.6 million viewers. NCIS led into the premiere of Dick Wolf’s new FBI with a 1.3/5 and 10.1 million viewers – a respectable start for the New York City-based crime drama. That was followed by the season premiere of NCIS: New Orleans with a 1.0/5 and 9 million viewers. As a reminder, you can catch newly-syndicated repeats of NCIS: New Orleans on CBS 2 (WBBM-TV) Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
At ABC, the network struggled with another two-hour Dancing With The Stars (0.9/4) and 20/20 (0.5/2) as its Tuesday lineup isn’t rolling out until October 16.
Fox meanwhile, had decent performances with The Gifted (0.9/4) and the new-look Lethal Weapon (0.8/3) with Seann William Scott in the title role, replacing the departed Chance Crawford. Unfortunately, the program is still lacking in the quality department. In other words, Lethal Weapon still sucks.
Over to cable, FX’s Mayans MC earned a 0.6 rating, but was bested by USA’s WWE Smackown with a 0.7. As a reminder, Smackdown is moving back to broadcast television and back to Friday nights next September with Fox as its new home. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow came close to outdrawing 20/20 in the demo but outdrawing it, earning 3.4 million viewers. However, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson topped them both in total viewers (3.14 million.)