Priyanka Chopra showed off her Bollywood/international superstar credentials with a solid premiere for her first American series, ABC drama Quantico. Against Sunday Night Football, the thriller opened with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 to rank as the highest-rated scripted telecast on Sunday night. It also built on its lead-in, the debut of Blood & Oil (1.4), by an impressive 36%, further underlining Chopra’s drawing power — on which ABC built its promo campaign for the show. Quantico was up 46% from Revenge‘s season premiere in the 10 PM hour last fall despite a far weaker lead-in (1.4 vs. 2.2 last year).
Quantico helped end a mostly disappointing night for ABC on a positive note. Sunday 8 PM anchor Once Upon A Time (1.8) logged its lowest-rated premiere in Live+Same Day, down 49% from last fall. The fairytale drama is heavily DVR-ed, so it will gain some ground in shifted viewing but won’t be able to close the big ratings gap with last season’s premiere, which had a stronger lead-in from a Once special (1.5 vs. 0.7 for last night’s Once special).
Once was followed by the so-so premiere of ABC’s new primetime soap Blood & Oil (1.4). It was down 36% from Resurrection’s premiere in the time period last season though the supernatural drama benefitted from a bigger Once lead-in.
Following the NFL overrun and Donald Trump interview-boosted season premiere of 60 Minutes (2.9), the two-hour series finale of CSI (1.8) was up 29% from its season premiere last fall. In total viewers, CSI drew 12.1 million viewers, its largest audience since January 2012, and was the most-watched scripted program last night.
Fox’s comedy lineup was down across the board from last year, when Fox’s Premiere Sunday followed a football overrun and included the highly rated Family Guy-The Simpsons crossover. Bob’s Burgers (1.3) was down 13%, The Simpsons (1.5) down 25%, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.5) down 12% and Family Guy (1.5) down 21%. The Last Man On Earth (1.4) was down 39% from its midseason series premiere and on par with its May finale.
NBC dominated Premiere Sunday with the Denver Broncos’ 24-12 win over the Detroit Lions. Sunday Night Football pulled in 13.8/23 rating in metered markets last night. While down 15% from the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game on September 20, Week 3 of the 2015-16 season on SNF is up 12% from the comparable game last season. Last week’s SNF had a final audience of 26.4 million, the NFL’s most watched Week 2 since 1991.