Tuesday TV Ratings 10/16/18: The Conners Starts Big, Other ABC Newbies Have More Modest Starts

It was ABC's do-or-die night last night, and it ended up... somewhere in the middle. The Roseanne-less Roseanne spinoff The Conners got started with big ratings, with a 2.3 in the demo. However, while this is impressive for any show in this day and age, this is below any of Roseanne's ratings for the entire revival. Behind it, The Kids Are Alright had its premiere, and it was a very mediocre debut for the period comedy. The 1.4 places it below anything The Middle did in this slot in Spring, which isn't very encouraging for this show in its series debut. At 9, Blackish got the season started at 1.1, which down from its 1.5 last year despite a lead-in of the same magnitude. Splitting Up Together was down two tenths from the year-ago The Mayor, though that show had a larger lead-in than it so SUT doesn't quite as bad. At 10, The Rookie tied the year-ago premiere of Kevin (Probably), but we all know how that one turned out. Still, 1.0 for a 10 PM debut in this day and age isn't really that bad, so its fate likely depends on how well it can hold up, because it's not out of the running just yet. There were drops pretty much across the board on the other networks, with only two shows on the rest of the Big 5 managing to hold steady. CBS saw declines for the NCIS twins at 8 and 10, with NCIS finally slipping away from 1.4 and NCIS: NO sinking down to it low-level Spring airings. Over on NBC, The Voice lost only a bit of steam with a 1.7, while This Is Us matched that one-tenth decline and New Amsterdam fell two tenths. Fox's The Gifted slipped again, now to 0.6. The CW had a two-tenth decline from The Flash and a one-tenth drop for Black Lightning, which looks particularly weak this year.
Final numbers to come.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Conners (Series Prem.)2.3/1010.46ABC

The Voice1.7/78.82NBC


The Flash0.6/31.64The CW

The Gifted0.6/31.95Fox
8:30 PMThe Kids Are Alright (Ser. Prem.)1.4/66.58ABC
9 PMThis Is Us2.2/98.86NBC

Blackish (P)1.1/44.53ABC


Lethal Weapon0.7/32.91Fox

Black Lightning0.3/11.04The CW
9:30 PMSplitting Up Together (P)1.0/53.73ABC
10 PMNew Amsterdam1.2/56.38NBC

The Rookie (Series Premiere)1.0/45.38ABC

NCIS: New Orleans0.8/47.38CBS

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