ABC's Pan Am enjoyed a smooth if not soaring takeoff with 10.87 million aboard, scoring a 3.1 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds to land second place against CSI: Miami's 10th season premiere.
After all the hype, Fox's The X Factor debuted to a relatively underwhelming 12.14 million viewers and a 4.2 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, preliminary Nielsen data show — far shy of American Idol's numbers for its Season 10 opener.
In comparison, that Idol debut attracted 26.2 million viewers and a 9.7 in the advertiser-coveted demo.
Adorkable is a winning trait. Zooey Deschanel and that precious description brought 10.08 million viewers to the series debut of New Girl — which did substantially better than the Season 3 premiere of Glee (8.91 million).
How curious were people about Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men? Some 27.76 million people tuned in — numbers that rival American Idol. On cable, Sheen set a ratings record of his own.
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox averaged some 12.4 million TV fans, an 8 percent drop from last year when the show lured 13.5 million, according to overnight ratings data the Nielsen Co. released Monday.
Amid beginnings and endings among reality shows, America's Got Talent — the summer's most popular show — entertained 14 million viewers as it crowned its latest champ, providing a big lead-in for two new sitcoms ... with mixed results.
Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in her much ballyhooed return to TV, drew 2.7 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen data, boosting The CW to its most-watched Tuesday night in two years.
The series, which has gotten decidedly mixed reviews, also scored a 1.2 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — one-third of the 3.6 rating snagged by America's Got Talent's penultimate episode (which lured 13.20 million in viewership) at the same hour (9/8c).
Monday Night Football had a big night in the ratings, just like Tom Brady on the field.
The regular season debut of the venerable franchise on ESPN decimated the competition on both cable and broadcast television, attracting 14.57 million viewers for the NFL game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins and a 6.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds. Brady made the hot South Florida night hotter, passing for 517 yards — merely the fifth-best in league history. And with the promise of more excitement like that, ESPN is sure to lure solid numbers throughout the season.
NBC is ecstatic that football is back. Sunday Night Football's season opener set a record as the series' highest-rated game ever, and scored the best ratings for a Week 1 tilt on a Sunday or Monday night in 15 years, preliminary Nielsen data showed.
Rescue Me's series finale pulled 2.33 million viewers, the most since the Season 4 finale, FX's research department said Thursday.
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