The Animal and Deuce Bigelow fans, unite! Rob Schneider's new sitcom delivered astounding numbers, both in viewership and within the industry-standard 18-to-49 demo, according to preliminary Nielsen data.
"Muy bueno!" CBS crowed, noting that Rob delivered the biggest audience and demo rating in the time period since May 2010. Helping, of course, was The Big Bang Theory's big lead-in.
Following the two comedies, Person of Interest posted series highs in all measures.
Consequently, NBC's quartet of sitcoms got stomped. The return of 30 Rock was met with a demo rating 31 percent lower than last year's debut. The good news? Parks and Recreation rose 13 percent, while The Office demo was even and Up All Night up 5 percent vs. their respective previous first-run outings. Worst of all, The Firm — which got off to the worst start ever for an NBC regular-season drama on Sunday — did even worse the second time (in what was planned to be its regular Thursday time slot), plummeting some 30 percent.
Relatively lost amidst all this: The Finder, which premiered weakly in prime time's middle hour. But, next week, it follows American Idol.
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CBS: The Big Bang Theory 15.93 million viewers (5.2 demo rating); Rob 13.48 million (4.1)
ABC: Wipeout 7.13 million (2.2)
Fox: Bones 8.63 million (2.4)
NBC: 30 Rock 4.57 million (1.8); Parks and Recreation 4.10 million (1.9)
CW: The Vampire Diaries 2.81 million (0.9)
CBS: Person of Interest 14.73 million viewers (3.2 demo rating)
ABC: Grey's Anatomy 10.59 million (3.8)
NBC: The Office 5.87 million (2.9); Up All Night 4.28 million (2.0)
Fox: The Finder 5.45 million (1.7)
CW: The Secret Circle 2.06 million (1.2)
CBS: The Mentalist 13.39 million viewers (2.7 demo rating)
ABC: Private Practice 6.70 million (2.4)
NBC: The Firm 4.24 million (1.0)