Ratings: Bent Premiere Flounders; Whitney and Chelsea Rise
Bent is all but broken.
The Amanda Peet comedy premiered Wednesday to a dismal 2.8 million viewers and a 1.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. Its second episode fell to 2.4 million and a 0.9. The numbers are the worst for a new NBC comedy premiere all season. Whitney, Are You There, Chelsea?, Up All Night and Free Agents all opened to at least 6 million viewers and at least a point higher in the demo.
The good news for NBC (and salt in the wound for Bent): Lead-ins Whitney (4.2 million, 1.6) and Chelsea (3.5 million, 1.4) rose in both categories.
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Fox won the night with American Idol (16.55 million, 4.9), down slightly from last week.
CBS took second place, despite two of its shows, Survivor: One World (10.2 million, 2.7) and CSI (11.2, 2.5), dropping 10 percent. Criminal Minds (11.9 million, 3.2), however, rebounded after hitting a series low in the demo last week.
ABC aired all repeats except for Happy Endings (4.12 million, 1.8), which fell 20 percent without the benefit of a new Modern Family lead-in.
CBS: Survivor: One World 10.2 million viewers (2.7 demo rating)
ABC: The Middle (R) 4.9 million (1.2); Suburgatory (R) 4.43 million (1.3)
Fox: American Idol 16.55 million (4.9) [8-10 p.m.]
NBC: Whitney 4.2 million (1.6); Are You There, Chelsea? 3.5 million (1.4)
CW: One Tree Hill 1.45 million (0.7)
CBS: Criminal Minds 11.9 million (3.2)
ABC: Modern Family (R) 5.6 million (2.0); Happy Endings 4.12 million (1.8)
NBC: Bent 2.8 million (1.0); Bent 2.4 million (0.9)
CW: America's Next Top Model 1.28 million (0.6)
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 11.5 million (2.7)
ABC: Missing (R) 5 million (1.3)
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams 2.9 million (0.7)