On paper, Rush Hour was a pretty suitable addition to CBS’ Thursday lineup — an hourlong action comedy joining the network’s two-hour comedy block. But the remake of the hugely popular movie franchise stumbled in its premiere last night, opening to a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.1 million total viewers in the fast nationals. That was well below all other series debuts on CBS this season, even the swiftly canceled Thursday comedy Angel From Hell.
In 18-49, Rush Hour was on par with the Live+same day season premiere and most recent airing of drama Elementary in the Thursday 10 PM slot (Elementary had a larger audience). But that crime drama, already in its fourth season, has an established following and viewing pattern that involves heavy DVR watching. We will have to wait and see if Rush Hour gets a significant boost from delayed viewing but its Live+same day start is pretty underwhelming by CBS standards. It boosts the chances of the other freshman CBS series as the network is yet to make renewal decisions on its first-year shows.
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One of those is comedy Life In Pieces, which wrapped its first season with back-to-back episodes. The first at 8:30 PM drew a 1.9 in 18-49, down a tenth from last week and mirroring the tenth decline for lead-in The Big Bang Theory (3.4), which will rely on a bump in the finals to avoid the current Live+SD season low. (BBT, which indeed ticked up to a 3.5 in the finals, still was the highest rated and most watched program last night by a wide margin). The season finale episode of Life In Pieces (1.7) was on par with the Mom original in the 9 PM slot last week. UPDATE: The Life In Pieces hourlong finale, which logged a 1.8 in the fast nationals, was adjusted down to a 1.7 in the finals. 2 Broke Girls (1.6) was steady. (BBT, Mom and 2 Broke Girls, as well as Elementary, have been renewed for next season).
In the 10 PM hour, the premiere of CBS’ Rush Hour tied the season finale of NBC’s Shades of Blue (1.1) for the top slot in 18-49, edging Week 2 of ABC’s The Catch (1.0) in a three-way face-off among new midseason hourlong series.
It was a solid finish for Shades Of Blue, which started off with a 1.8 L+SD in the demo for its premiere. The serialized drama, which is expected to more than double its 18-49 rating in Live+7, was up a tenth from last week to a six-week high despite a low-rated lead-in last night, a Blacklist rerun (0.5 in 18-49). In viewers, the Jennifer Lopez-starring series, already picked up for Season 2, drew 5.4 million viewers, a seven-week L+SD high. At 8 PM, the finale of You, Me and the Apocalypse (0.6) was flat.
Rush Hour’s debut was a tenth below the premiere of ABC’s new Thursday 10 PM drama The Catch last week. In its second outing, the Shondaland series slipped two tenths, -17%, to a 1.0 in 18-49, despite its lead-in Scandal (1.8) rising two tenths (+13%) to a seven-week high. (UPDATE: Scandal slipped to a 1.7 in the finals.) Shonda Rhimes’ other drama, veteran Grey’s Anatomy (2.2), also was up two tenths from its fast national last week to hit a four-week high. It once again was the highest rated Thursday drama.
Fox’s American Idol finally showed some major momentum heading into the series finale. The veteran singing competition drew a 2.1 L+SD demo rating, up +24% from last week. The two-hour show, which averaged 9.1 million viewers, delivered a nightly win for Fox in 18-49 and total viewers.
At the CW, Legends of Tomorrow (0.7) returned steady, while The 100 (0.5) was up a tenth amid a lot of publicity surrounding the controversial killing off of a character several weeks ago.
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