Snapshot, updated with finals: New series premieres: The Neighborhood (CBS, 1.3 rating in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers), Happy Together (CBS, 1.0, 5.9 million); New series Week 2: Manifest (1.8, -18%, 8.5 million), Magnum P.I. (0.9, -25%, 6.3 million). All returning series slipped in Week 2 except for NBC’s The Voice.
After kicking off the new season with The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon in the 8 PM hour last week, CBS introduced its new Monday comedy block last night: The Neighborhood, starring Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield, and Happy Together, toplined by Damon Wayans Jr. There weren’t fireworks, though The Neighborhood (1.3 in adults 18-49, 8.1 million viewers) did solid business as an 8 PM anchor with no lead-in, especially in total viewers, ranking as the most watched program on CBS last night and edging the first outing in the half-hour of the now-defunct Kevin Can Wait last fall (1.2, 6.3 million). The Neighborhood also tied God Friended Me, which benefitted from an NFL spillover audience on Sunday, and Dick Wolf’s FBI as CBS’ highest-rated new series premiere so far this fall in L+SD 18-49. It topped the heavily promoted return of Murphy Brown (1.1, 7.5 million).
It was a rougher start for Happy Together (1.0, 5.9 million), which slipped from its lead-in by 23% in the demo and 28% in total viewers. The weaker lead-in impacted new drama Magnum P.I. (0.9, 6.3 million), which fell 25% from its not-very impressive premiere behind Big Bang and Young Sheldon last week. The only returning series in CBS’ new Monday lineup, third-season drama Bull (0.8, 6.6 million), held up relatively well in the competitive 10 PM hour, slipping a tenth from last week in the demo to log new Live+same day series lows.
NBC’s The Voice (2.1, 10.1 million after an upward adjustment in the finals) was the only series to hold onto its season premiere numbers from last week. The singing competition actually ticked up by 0.1 in 18-49 and 4% in total viewers from last Monday to draw its best L+SD numbers since March. New drama Manifest (1.8, 8.5 million) couldn’t match its impressive premiere L+SD performance, slipping 18% in the demo. Still, it kept its Week 2 drop under 20% and was the second-highest-rated program of the night in the demo behind The Voice and continued to dominate the 10 PM hour. NBC easily won the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
ABC’s Dancing Wwith the Stars (0.8, 7.1 million) and The Good Doctor (1.1, 7.2 million) — both adjusted down in the finals because of an NFL preemption — each was down two tenths (-15% in the demo) week-to-week.
The three Monday 10 PM dramas, Manifest, The Good Doctor and Bull, all posted strong Live+3 lifts last week, led by the 5.7 million viewers Manifest added to its premiere L+SD tally and the 5.1 million for The Good Doctor.
Fox’s drama lineup held up well, with The Resident (1.0/4.8 million) and 9-1-1 (1.5/6.1 million) each dipping a tenth in the demo from last week. 9-1-1 was the No. 3 program of the night in the demo and led Fox to a second-place finish in 18-49.