Tuesday TV ratings: New Amsterdam up, Emergence debut okay

New Amsterdam returned up from its Season 1 finale. ABC had okay debuts. Here are the Tuesday TV ratings for Sept. 24.

Fall TV is definitely back in action, with all but The CW debuting new shows or airing season premieres on Sept. 24. It’s time to look at the Tuesday TV ratings, seeing This Is Us winning the night in the demo, New Amsterdam up from its Season 1 finale, and ABC’s series debuts okay.

Like yesterday, I’m comparing the TV ratings to the finales for the season finales for all returning shows. TV Series Finale compares to the season premieres, which always means quite large losses. Shows lose their audiences over the course of a season, but it’s important to see if the show can keep its audience during a long break.

On Sept. 24, 10 shows returned with season premieres.  Two shows had series debuts, both of those on ABC. Here’s a look at the Tuesday TV ratings.

Returning shows saw a mix

Ten shows returned from a break: The Conners, NCIS, The Resident, Bless This Mess, FBI, Empire, This Is Us, black-ish, NCIS: New Orleans, and New Amsterdam.

ABC ratings

I’ll do this in network order, starting with ABC. The Conners was its best show of the night, pulling in 5.68 million people and a 1.3 in the demo. While good for the network, the ratings were considerably down from the Season 1 finale, down 26% in the total audience and 13% in the demo.

Bless This Mess did see some positive movement in the ratings with its Season 2 premiere. This may be due to the movement from a spring show to a fall show. With it’s 4 million viewers and 0.8 rating, it was up 40% and 26% respectively. black-ish continued the success, seeing a 21% increase in the total audience and 11% increase in the demo.

CBS ratings

CBS kept its Tuesday night lineup from last season. Would it pay off? All three shows were the highest rated in the total audience for each of their timeslots, with NCIS being the highest-viewed show of the whole night. Ziva’s return saw a 1% increase from the Season 16 finale in the total audience and a 15% increase in the demo.

FBI saw small increases from the Season 1 finale. However NCIS: New Orleans‘ total audience was very slightly down in the total audience by 2%. This won’t be anything to be concerned about right now, since it was the highest-viewed in its timeslot in the total audience.

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NBC ratings

NBC aired a new episode of The Voice at 8 p.m. It was down by 7% in the total audience compared to Monday’s episode and down by a 0.2 rating in the demo. This likely isn’t anything to be concerned about, since the demo was the highest for the timeslot.

This Is Us Season 4 premiered, following a three-season renewal back in May. It’s not surprising to hear that it’s the highest-rated show in the demo, bringing a 1.8 rating, slightly down from its 1.86 demo for the Season 3 finale. The total audience was also down from 8.221 million to 7.67 million. With the three-season renewal, taking it to Season 6, there’s nothing to worry about at all here.

New Amsterdam rounded out the night, winning the timeslot in the demo and coming in second in the total audience. The medical drama was up in both figures compared to the Season 1 finale, making it clear fans needed to know who survived that ambulance crash.

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Fox ratings

Then it comes to FOX, which saw two shows return. The Resident started off its new night, up against the likes of The Conners and NCIS. How would it fair?

Sadly, the medical drama has suffered. The 3.99 million viewers and 0.8 rating were down by 20% and 5% respectively. The Gifted saw a drop in the ratings after being moved into this timeslot and I did worry what it would mean for The Resident this season. If it can remain steady, there is some hope.

Empire started its final season also with some bad news. Both the demo and total audience figures were down. Of course, with it being the final season, there’s very little to worry about.

EMERGENCE – “Pilot” – Beyond explanation . beyond understanding . lies the truth. This character-driven genre thriller follows a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. ABC’s intriguing new drama series “Emergence” premieres TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Barbara Nitke)
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New shows on ABC

ABC debut two new series during the night. The first was the new comedy mixed-ish, following on from the success of Bless This Mess. It’s hard to tell if a show is doing well from season to season, especially since more people are turning to the likes of Hulu to watch afterward.

mixed-ish did debut well, though. It saw 4.01 million people tune in and earned a 0.9 in the demo. Both figures were higher than its parent show black-ish. We’ll have to wait to see what next week’s figures are like, as there’s often a drop between pilot and second episode.

Emergence saw the total audience tick up from black-ish, pulling in 4.11 million. The demo remained steady with the comedy, seeing 0.8 (second in the timeslot). Like mixed-ish, eyes will be on where the show will stabilize in a couple of weeks.

The CW’s new episodes

The CW was the only show to see new episodes of current shows air (except NBC’s The Voice, which was its Tuesday night premiere). Pandora lost 7% of its total audience but remained steady in the demo. With the season finale next week and no news on renewal right now, things aren’t looking great for the sci-fi summer series.

Mysteries Decoded lost 2% of its total audience and remained steady in the demo. Because this is a documentary rather than a high-budget scripted show, there is a chance that this show will be renewed. I hope it is, but it’s been an interesting watch throughout the summer.

Next: New Amsterdam Season 2 premiere: Who survived the ambulance crash?

What do you think of the Tuesday TV ratings? Which shows performed better or worse than you thought they would? Which shows did you watch live? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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