Fall TV hit the schedule in full swing this past week, and the major networks released a slew of brand new series. As happens every year, some have fared better than others. While it usually takes a few weeks for the ratings to settle in, the first week is still a good indication of what people wanted to tune in for and what they didn't. Therefore, we've taken a look at each of the fall shows that have premiered so far. We've compiled the numbers, along with any other information you might be interested in. You can check them out below, listed by premiere night.
Please keep in mind that the CW's offerings, as well as a few other shows on other network channels, have not premiered yet. To see what is still coming, check out our fall TV premiere schedule.
Kevin Can Wait, CBS
Kicking premiere week off on Monday, September 19 was Kevin Can Wait, the brand new vehicle from Kevin James, who is returning to television for his first starring role since King of Queens ended in 2007. The premiere of Kevin Can Wait, which conveniently aired after CBS' juggernaut The Big Bang Theory, nabbed 11.2 million total viewers and a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. And that's just talking about the comedy's debut ratings, not DVR ratings. After Live+3 (day) ratings came in, Kevin Can Wait bumped to a 3.3 rating, which is not too shabby for a premiere.
Week 1 Consensus: That's a good start, but will the numbers stay up when The Big Bang Theory moves to Thursdays?
The Good Place, NBC
NBC's The Good Place is another high-profile series, mostly thanks to its leads Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. The Good Place actually aired on two separate nights this week. NBC kicked the show off after an episode of The Voice on Monday, and potentially because of such a huge lead-in show, the numbers were high. However, during the show's time slot premiere on Thursday, the numbers had already dropped some. On Monday, The Good Place did 8 million total viewers and a 2.3 rating. On Thursday, The Good Place did 5 million total viewers and only a 1.3 ratings share. That's a pretty big difference, especially in the overall ratings.
Week 1 Consensus: A mixed bag. Viewers who watched the comedy on Monday probably weren't expecting it to be back on Thursday, but we'll have to wait and see if the numbers stabilize in the weeks to come. The good news? DVR numbers were also good.