“The Voice” will go down in the books as the No. 1 show on TV Tuesday (Sept. 25) in adults 18-49 — but that doesn’t blunt what was a very good night for CBS.
The 10th-season premiere of “NCIS” carried CBS to an across-the-board win on the night, drawing close to 20.5 million viewers (up 500,000 from last season’s debut) and a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic (down from 4.3 a year ago but still very strong).
The 18-49 rating for “NCIS” adjusted down from 4.2 in the fast nationals, and with “The Voice” going up from 4.0 to 4.2 in Nielsen’s final same-day ratings, the NBC show gets to claim the No. 1 spot in the demo.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” also opened strong for CBS with 16.7 million viewers and a 3.4 with the 18-49 crowd — numbers nearly identical to its premiere last season.
The Eye’s new drama “Vegas” is something of a curious case. On the one hand, its 14.85 million viewers are the most for a drama premiere in the timeslot in 10 years (since the 2002 opener for “Judging Amy”), and it outperformed last year’s occupant of the time period, “Unforgettable,” by about 750,000 viewers.
On the other hand, though, the 18-49 rating for “Vegas” (2.5) is lower than “Unforgettable’s” premiere was — lower, in fact, than any drama debut
in the time period on Tuesday nights since the futuristic legal drama “Century City” in 2004. A period drama starring an actor in his late 50s (Dennis Quaid) was probably not going to draw massive amounts of young viewers regardless, but it will be interesting to watch where “Vegas'” numbers settle in the coming weeks as DVR viewing is added in and people set their viewing patterns for the fall.
The other big story from Tuesday is the performance of FOX’s comedies, and it’s not as happy. “New Girl” never fully recovered from its World Series hiatus last fall, but it at least returned for Season 2 with ratings right in line with how it ended Season 1. Both of last night’s episodes scored a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49, and they drew 5.35 million and 5.2 million viewers.
Newcomers “Ben and Kate” and “The Mindy Project” didn’t fare especially well either. “Mindy,” starring and created by “The Office” veteran Mindy Kaling, delivered 4.7 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the demo — not great by any means, but passable in the 18-49 demo. “Ben and Kate” was lower with 4.2 million viewers and a 2.1 in adults 18-49.