We’re almost a month into the 2022 broadcast TV season and we’ve got a few winners and losers to discuss when it comes to new scripted series.
There are many ways to assign a win in this ever-evolving landscape of television, but for the purposes of this story, first look at NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and The CW’s new shows; Difference According to Nielsen Live+ same-day data, the programs are rated by the total viewers each series premiered.
With that method in mind, the bottom of the list consists of prequels “Supernatural” and “Walker,” which aired as usual on the youth-skewing CW network (which was recently acquired by Nexstar from former majority owners Paramount Global and Warner Bros. Discovery), the top end. Includes three CBS series: “Fire Country”, “East New York” and “So Help Me Todd”.
Elsewhere, the reboot of “Quantum Leap” on NBC and “The Rookie: Feds” on ABC filled the middle of the rankings, filling out a less-than-interesting launch audience with new Fox drama and ABC mystery “Alaska Daily.”
While it’s important that these Week 1 tunes don’t reflect how the show is doing to date, the appetite and general awareness of this new content shows in the prime time of TV. – It was from the beginning.
Check out the rankings of the least-watched premieres and the most-watched premiere endings below. This list will be updated as another fall script series debuts.