With so many new shows hitting the airwaves any network has the chance to turnaround falling viewership or continue raking in the cash with more hit shows. ABC may have had the biggest show of the week with Agents of SHIELD getting somewhere around 12 million viewers but the real winner was, shockingly, NBC.
Yes that NBC, the network that has quickly become the butt of many jokes thanks to sub par ratings has done well this past week. Not only did the network see bumps in ratings when compared to last year's week of premieres but beat out all other networks in 7 out of 9 hours for key demographics, and 6 out of 9 hours for overall ratings. This took their rating from third to top of the heap among all over major networks. Their victory didn't come how you might like it however. To increase ratings they expanded Law and Order: SVU to two hours for the premiere, they've been replacing comedies with dramas like Chicago Fire replacing Parenthood, and threw in more dramas like Blacklist. Their methods aren't exactly promoting what NBC has primarily been known for, which is comedies usually, but if they can climb to the top with interesting dramas then who is to complain? As long as NBC doesn't fill their nights with cop procedurals and dramas in some effort to mirror CBS.
ABC is probably the second happiest network so far this week with Agents of SHIELD coming in hot. Not only did the show do well in the ratings but it did so while CBS returned with NCIS and NBC paraded it's only consistent ratings winner in The Voice. All totaled the three networks had 45 millions viewers glued to TVs proving all three can coexist. Unless you want Fox in there too because they've struggled all week including a poor second week for Dads which had its viewership almost halved.
Will NBC continue this reign and finish out the week or can one of the other networks swipe away the top spot?