RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Bad Teacher’ Debut OK, ‘Black Box’ Premiere So-So, ‘Parks And Recreation’ Inches Up In Finale

Talk about being late to the party. Two new series, CBS comedy Bad Teacher and ABC drama Black Box, premiered last night with only two weeks to go until the upfronts. With the final days before the presentations usually dedicated to firming up the schedule, the two series have two weeks to convince network brass that they deserve to be pieces of the scheduling puzzle. Neither took themselves out of the running after the first airing. Comedy Bad Teacher opened with a 2.1 in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers, improving on The Crazy Ones average in the 9:30 PM time slot by +24% and posting the best 18-49 rating in the half-hour since January 9 when Two And A Half Men was still airing there. However, that qualifies as one of the lowest-rated in-season comedy debuts for CBS and was below the rest of CBS’ Thursday comedy block — The Big Bang Theory (4.3, -7% from last original), The Millers (2.5, even) and Two And A Half Men (2.5, +4%). Still, given the fact that it is a fish out of water — a single-camera comedy paired with multi-camera sitcoms — and that it held onto a respectable 84% of its lead-in while The Millers‘ hold has been in the 50%, it was an OK start for the newbie. Elementary (1.6) flat. (more…)

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