UPDATED: When All American was still in limbo after finishing its modestly rated 16-episode first season on the CW and before securing a Season 2 renewal, its Season 1 launched on Netflix, drawing strong young viewership reminiscent of Riverdale’s Season 1 performance on the streamer.
The exposure helped Riverdale score series high ratings in its Season 2 premiere on the CW. Now All American is experiencing a similar bump, with its Season 2 debut logging a series-high viewership (926,000) and the show’s best Live+Same Day 18-49 rating since November 28, 2018 (0.3). Versus its series debut last fall, All American was up by 35% in viewers, 95% in adults 18-34 (0.3) and 66% in adults 18-49. And that was with All American opening the night versus having a lead-in, Riverdale, last fall. All American was also up dramatically from its March finale, by 72% in viewers, 198% in 18-34, and 154% in 18-49.
The expectation is that the gains will continue in Season 2 digital viewing on the CW platforms.
At 9 PM, Black Lightning‘s Season 3 premiere (0.3 18-49 demo rating; 900,000 viewers) also saw a bump from its March finale (7% in viewers, 48% in 18-34 and 34% in adults 18-49) while slipping a notch from its Season 2 opener last fall.
On the heels of scoring the first full-season order for a new series this fall, Fox’s Prodigal Son (0.9, 3.8 million) took its first week-to-week L+SD ratings dip but was still way above the other freshmen on Monday in 18-49.
At 8 PM, 9-1-1 (1.7 after an upward adjustment in the finals, 7.3 million) was up a tenth from last week to mark a season high and rank as the No. 1 broadcast program of the night in the demo, leading Fox to a nightly 18-49 victory, edging NBC (1.3 vs. 1.2).
NBC’s The Voice (1.5, 8.5 million) was even with last week while Bluff City Law (0.6 after a downward adjustment, 3.7 million) was off by a tenth from last Monday. NBC was No. 1 for the night in total viewers (6.1 million), edging ABC (6 million).
CBS’ The Neighborhood (0.8, 5.5 million) ticked down in the demo and total viewers. Freshmen Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7, 5.3 million) and All Rise (0.6, 5.2 million) were steady in the demo while dropping a few eyeballs. At 10 PM, Bull (0.6, 6 million) was even in 18-49 and added a few viewers compared with last week.
ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (0.8, 6.4 million) and The Good Doctor (0.9, 5.6 million) were both on par in the demo, with the medical drama, a major delayed-viewing gainer, slipping to a L+SD viewership low.