Leading off prime time, the politically incorrect freshman comedy "Dads" drew an average of 3.8 million viewers and a rating of 1.5 in the key 18-49 age group, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. The Seth Green-starring series rose 25% among advertiser-coveted young adults compared with last week's episode.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine," the surprise Golden Globe-winner featuring Andy Samberg as a brash young cop, rose 36% to a 1.9 in the 18-49 demographic, tying NBC's "Biggest Loser" as the night's highest rated telecast on the major networks.
"New Girl" and "Mindy Project" also gained double-digit percentages, to a 1.8 and a 1.5 respectively. It remains to be seen whether the sitcoms can retain any of the viewers they pulled from "S.H.I.E.L.D.," "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."
NBC beat Fox, ABC and CBS in the key demo as the makeover episode of "Biggest Loser" garnered a demo rating of 1.9, up 12% from last week, while "Chicago Fire" remained flat with last week's rating of 1.8.
ABC's freshman comedies had a rough night without an original "S.H.I.E.L.D." "The Goldbergs" shrunk 17% in the demo to a 1.5 (but still had more viewers overall than any of Fox's comedies), while "Trophy Wife" dropped a bit to a 1.0, its lowest number ever. The low-rated "Killer Women" was flat with last week's 0.7.
On the CW, "Supernatural" hooked its biggest audience since 2010 with 2.7 million viewers on average and rose 10% to a 1.1 in 18-49 from last week. A new "Originals" grew its 18-49 number 11% week-to-week to a 1.0, but the network's numbers are tentative because of preemptions for coverage of NCAA basketball games in some areas.
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