NBC is expected to win Sunday night with the conclusion of the U.S. Open golf tournament featuring both big draws Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. But ABC’s new original series Scoundrels and The Gates didn’t get a lot of traction in their debuts, landing in the 1.3-1.5 demo range that has been reserved for premieres of new scripted dramas so far this summer.
NBC aired U.S. Open from 3PM-9:30PM. With Tiger Woods in contention (The title was won with Graeme McDowell, the first European in 40 years to do so), ratings for the primetime overrun were significantly higher than last year. (2.3/8 in adults 18-49 vs. 1.7/7 last year in the fast nationals, with an upward correction in the finals expected.)
Dramedy Scoundrels, based on the New Zealand series, opened with a 1.3/4 in adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers overall at 9PM. That matched the 18-49 premiere delivery of NBC’s Persons Unknown a couple of weeks ago. At 10PM, ABC’s new Twilight-esque drama The Gates drew a 1.5/4 and 4.6 million viewers overall. That was in line with the debut of Fox’s The Good Guys, which averaged 1.5/5 for its preview and a 1.4/4 for its official premiere. The Gates still won the 10PM hour in the demo with ABC’s top summer rating in the time slot since September 3, 2006.
Fox was second for the night behind NBC in the 18-49 demo with repeats of its animated comedies led by Family Guy (2.0/6). Leading the network’s lineup were the series finale of ‘Til Death (0.6/3) and an original episode of another recently cancelled Fox comedy, Sons of Tucson (0.6/2).