All of the new shows aren’t out yet, but last week marked the first ratings period of the new season. The big winners: Football, Shark Tank, and the new Matthew Perry comedy “Go On”. The big losers: Anything with a script.
“Sunday Night Football” coverage of the Lions-Niners game was the most-watched show last week, with just over 21 million viewers tuning in to see the 49ers win with a score of 27-19.
–The seventh season finale of “America’s Got Talent” was the lowest rated finale in the show’s history, but it still managed to crack the Top 10. Which is more than you can say for the season premiere of “The X Factor”.
–Neither one of its episodes placed, but all three episodes of “The Voice” made the Top 10. Sorry Simon. Here are the Top 10 shows overall last week . . .
#1.) “Sunday Night Football”, NBC, 21.3 million viewers.
#2.) NBC’s “Sunday Night Football: Kickoff Show”, 15.2 million viewers
#3.) A rerun of “60 Minutes” on CBS, 12.4 million viewers
#4.) The third season premiere of “The Voice”, NBC, 12.3 million viewers
#5.) “Football Night in America”, NBC, 11.8 million viewers
#6.) Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice” on NBC, 11.4 million viewers
#7.) The second-to-last episode of “America’s Got Talent”, NBC, 11 million viewers.
#8.) The season premiere of “Monday Night Football” was split between two games. The Ravens-Bengals game had 10.9 million viewers. (–The Ravens won 44 to 13.)
(–The second game of the “MNF” premiere was between the Chargers and the Raiders. It drew 10.5 million viewers for ESPN. The Chargers won 22 to 14.)
#9.) Wednesday’s episode of “The Voice”, NBC, 10.89 million viewers
#10.) The seventh season finale of “America’s Got Talent”, NBC, 10.6 million. It was their lowest rated finale ever. (–The Olate Dogs won it. I blame the dogs.)
Now here’s how some of the big season premieres and finales did last week:
–The series premiere of Matthew Perry’s new sitcom, “Go On”, was the most-watched SCRIPTED show of the week, with 9.7 million viewers. It was technically the second episode since they did a ‘sneak peek’ last month during the Olympics.
–The season premiere of “Thursday Night Football” on the NFL Network, 8.6 million viewers (–The Packers beat the Bears 23 to 10.)
–The second season premiere of “The X Factor” attracted 8.7 million viewers the night it went head-to-head with “The Voice”. The second night of “X Factor” had 8.3 million.
–The fourth season premiere of “Glee” had 7.4 million viewers on Fox.
–The series premiere of “The New Normal” had 7 million viewers. (–That’s the new NBC sitcom about a single mother who becomes a surrogate for a gay couple.)
–The fourth season premiere of ABC’s “Shark Tank” pulled in 6.4 million viewers.
–The tenth season finale of “Hell’s Kitchen” got 6.2 million viewers on Fox.
–The 35th season premiere of “20/20″ had 6.1 million viewers.
–The third season finale of “Bachelor Pad” was watched by 4.5 million people.
–The season finale of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” had 3.6 million viewers.
–The third season premiere of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” had 2.9 million viewers.
–The first season finale of “Snooki & Jwoww” attracted 1.6 million viewers for MTV.
–The series finale of “Weeds” pulled in 1.3 million viewers on Showtime.