The 2012-2013 TV season ended on Wednesday and here comes the new shows. With the exception of season winner CBS, who ran repeats last night, everyone had a premiere on Thursday. Having said that, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory (2.2/6) was the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 8.84 million viewers. On NBC, the long delayed Save Me finally saw the light of day with a double debut. The series stars Anne Heche as a suburban housewife who becomes a conduit for the Divine. With an early series pick up last May, the comedy was originally scheduled for midseason but has ended up in the burnoff slot with duel episodes over the early summer. Both the 8 PM premiere and the 8:30 PM episode last night got a 0.7/3. That’s the lowest series debut NBC has had since the 0.7/2 Saving Hope received on June 7, 2012. Hannibal (1.0/3) was the only other original on NBC on Thursday. Hitting a season low. The freshman Silence of The Lambs prequel was down 9% from last week’s show, which was abbreviated because of The Office series finale running to 10:15 PM.
With American Idol having wrapped its latest season, Fox debuted its new workplace reality show Does Someone Have To Go? (1.3/4) on Thursday at 9 PM. The series, which has employees, take over as the bosses and cut loose people from the company, got a pink slip of its own last night as it was down 28% from the June 7, 2012 debut of dating show The Choice last year. Before DSHTG, there was more reality on Fox in Hell’s Kitchen (2.1/7) last night which the usually understated Gordon Ramsay loudly declaring the dinner “the worst service we ever had,” as he threw several contestants off the ovens. Premiering in the former Idol slot, Kitchen heated up 17% from its last show on May 13. With 6.630 million watching its repeats, CBS was No. 1 among total viewers on Thursday while Fox won the night among adults 18-49.
ABC actually had a full slate of shows on Thursday with the majority of them Canadian imports. Toronto-based police drama Rookie Blue (1.2/4) was back for a fourth season. Down 14% from last year’s season debut, Rookie Blue hit a premiere low. Having debuted soft on May 20 in a preview after Dancing With The Stars, ABC’s other Canadian show Motive (1/2.4) slipped into its permanent slot last night at 9 PM with a mere 8% dip from Monday’s show. ABC started the night with Wipeout (1.2/4), which was up 20% from the series low of last week.
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