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The broadcast premiere week started off with fireworks as several breakout hits emerged Monday and Tuesday — The Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sleepy Hollow — and some veteran series returned up year-to-year. But the euphoria subsided as the days went on and the week ended on a whimper, with a weak series launch (ABC’s Betrayal) and across-the-board ratings losses for everyone on Sunday. Here is a look at the four broadcast networks’ performance and a few Premiere Week takeaways:
Strong showing on Monday-Wednesday plus Sunday Night Football was enough for NBC to repeat as the No. 1 network during premiere week in adults 18-49 with its best premiere week rating in five years, 3.1, and the only net to post year-to-year increases in both 18-49 (up 7%) and total viewers (9.7 million, up 19%). What’s more, NBC widened its margin of victory from last year to 35%, the largest for any network in 16 years. And the bump came solely from the entertainment side as premiere week’s SNF was actually down 16% year-to-year (but still the top program of the week by a wide margin). With the exception of Revolution, NBC’s Monday-Wednesday returning shows were all up, led by The Voice. And NBC launched a solid new drama in The Blacklist, which posted the best 18-49 rating for a regular 10 PM drama (3.8) in the past year and the biggest viewer Live+3 increase ever, gaining 4.4 million persons in the first 3 days of DVR viewing. NBC’s problem spot once again is Thursday night where only one series, newbie The Michael J. Fox Show, broke the 2 demo rating threshold.
One swallow may not make a spring but one big hit can make a good fall. Look at ABC, which finished second in premiere week among adults 18-49 (2.3, up 5%), up from No. 4 last September, despite disappointing launches for Lucky 7 (1.3) and Betrayal (1.5), the lowest-rated series premieres so far this season with numbers that immediately open the cancellation door. But the network put all of its eggs in the Marvel basket and scored big with Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. which opened with a 4.7 18-49 rating, the top-rated new series and the biggest drama premiere in almost four years. The show also became a shining example of the new paradigm by almost doubling its live TV audience via repeat airing, DVR and online viewing in the first several days as more networks, led by Fox, are pushing multi-platform viewing stats. But there is a lot of reason for concern in the ABC executive suite as most of the network’s returning shows came back down, including flagships Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, and besides the S.H.I.E.L.D.-boosted The Goldbergs, the rest of the network’s new comedies, Trophy Wife and Back In The Game, had tepid debuts, and the upcoming Super Fun Night is already raising a red flag with the decision to scrap the pilot episode. In total viewers, ABC (8 million) was down 4%.
Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
At today’s TCA, Hannah Ware, who plays Sara in ABC’s new drama Betrayal, said she could not speculate on what might have happened to her character in her other recent TV drama, the canceled Starz series Boss, because that show might have a new life “in some film format.”
On the panel for Betrayal, Ware said in response to a question that she believes Boss had the creative juice to last for a third year. She added that a “bad time slot” contributed to Boss’s demise after two seasons. But when pressed about how her character’s story might have evolved, she said she couldn’t reveal that because of the tentative film plans.
But she quickly added “I don’t know” when asked for specifics, and did not confirm whether she’d been asked to reprise her Boss role of Emma Kane in a film.
Earlier in the session, the panelists — executive producers David Zabel and Lisa Zwerling, cast members Ware, Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell and Henry Thomas — spent their time defending a story line that involves an affair between two married characters (Ware’s Hanna and Townsend’s Jack). “If you embark on an affair and both of you are married it’s never going to be easy,” said Ware, apparently without irony.
Matthew Lillard will co-star opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Lillard, repped by Paradigm, plays Victor’s best friend Elliott, an off-beat, off-books former cop who helps Victor acquire information and things, legally and otherwise.
James Cromwell (American Horror Story) will co-star opposite Hannah Ware in ABC‘s drama pilot Betrayal. Written by David Zabel based on a Dutch series and directed by Patty Jenkins, Betrayal centers on Sara (Ware), a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family. Cromwell plays Terence Karsten, the head of the powerful Chicago family.