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NBC’s two-hour season premiere for Smash was a complete disaster. While it didn’t have the Super Bowl promotion that kicked off its freshman season, the network probably didn’t expect it to drop over 70 percent from its series premiere. Elsewhere, it was another dominant night for CBS thanks to NCIS.
CBS averaged 16.09 million viewers and a 2.8 18-49 rating on the night, reports TVByTheNumbers. NCIS slipped 3 percent, but still drew 21.49 million viewers and a 3.7 18-49 rating. NCIS: LA had 16.57 million viewers and a 3.1 18-49 rating, while Vegas fell to a 1.6 18-49 rating and 10.2 million viewers.
ABC came in second with 6.9 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating. EW reports that The Taste was up to 5.28 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating. A two-hour Bachelor drew 7.79 million and a 2.6 18-49 rating, which was also up.
NBC actually came in third in viewers with 4.969 million, but it averaged just a 1.2 18-49 rating. Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special didn’t draw the same ratings as the first special, dropping to 5.9 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating. Smash tanked and that’s not an understatement. Just 4.46 million viewers tuned in and it only scored a 1.1 18-49 rating. That’s down 71 percent from its season one premiere. That’s also 39 percent down from its season one premiere, notes Deadline.
Fox averaged just under 4 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating. The first Raising Hope had 3.9 million viewers and a 1.6 18-49 rating, but the second slipped to 3.59 million and a 1.5. New Girl had 4.8 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating, while The Mindy Project was up to 3.59 million and a 1.9 rating.
Over at The CW, both Hart of Dixie and Emily Owens, M.D. had around 1.4 million viewers and scored 0.6 and 0.4 18-49 ratings, respectively.