CBS‘ new procedural Intelligence fit in well with the network’s existing crime dramas. Nestled between the most watched scripted series on television, NCIS, and Person Of Interest, Intelligence drew 16.6 million viewers to become the most watched new series premiere this season. In adults 18-49, it posted a respectable 2.4 rating. Its lead-in, NCIS, logged its largest Live+same day audience of the season, 20.7 million, and was up a tenth from the 18-49 fast national for its most recent original on December 17. Intelligence actually matched the most recent demo delivery of the Tuesday 9 PM slot regular, NCIS: LA, and edged it in total viewers (16.6 million vs. 15.3 million, though NCIS:LA had to face The Voice finale). The real test for Intelligence will come next week when it moves into its regular Monday 10 PM slot with no NCIS lead-in. At 10 PM, Person Of Interest (2.0, 12.1 million) also returned from hiatus up a tenth from its most recent episode. CBS won the night in total viewers (16.5m) and A18-49 (2.4).
After the dismal 0.7 for the premiere of limited series The Assets on Thursday, ABC hit another setback last night when new drama Killer Women opened with a 0.9 in adults 18-49, down 31% from the underwhelming debut of Lucky 7 in the Tuesday 10 PM slot last fall and tying NBC’s 2013 midseason series Do No Harm as the lowest rated in-season drama series debut on the Big 4. This marks the latest casualty in the Tuesday 10 PM hour for ABC, which has not seen a steady performer there since Body Of Proof, a drama the network cancelled in May and considered reviving before recently scrapping that plan. News was more encouraging from 8-10 PM where Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2.1) was up a tenth from the fast national for its most recent original on December 10 (but still tied for a season low), The Goldbergs (1.7) was up 6%, and Trophy Wife (1.2) were flat. All three posted viewership gains. At 9 PM, The Goldbergs edged Fox’s New Girl (1.6), which was down 16% in its return from a six-week hiatus. New Girl‘s post-Super Bowl companion, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.5), also was down, by 6%. Meanwhile, the two Fox comedies that will be taken off the schedule next month, Dads (1.5) and The Mindy Project (1.3) both posted small gains in their return to originals, +7% and +8%, respectively. The latter may have been helped by the Mindy Project marathon that ran over the holidays by Bravo, corporate sibling of series producer Universal TV. Airing with no Voice on the night for the first time this season, NBC’s The Biggest Loser (1.7) was down 15% from its last original to hit a season low. Chicago Fire (1.9) was down 14% to tie a season low.