The first week of the 2016-17 TV season is (mostly) in the books. A few shows have performed quite well out of the gate, others not so much.
Here’s an extremely early look at how the season is shaping up thus far:
WINNER: New shows (mostly). Including the pre-season “Son of Zorn” debut on Sept. 11, the 10 new shows that have premiered thus fare have averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49. That equals the average for nine new series that debuted in the first four days of premiere week last year.
LOSER: Old shows. To date exactly one returning series — “Law & Order: SVU” (1.8) — has matched its premiere rating last season. Every other show has declined from its 2015-16 debut, ranging from slight dips (“The Voice,” “Chicago PD,” “New Girl”) to big drops (“How to Get Away with Murder,” “Agents of SHIELD,” “Scream Queens”).
WINNERS(ish): CBS and NBC. Each of the Big 4 networks have started a little behind their numbers for the equivalent days last season, but CBS and NBC has had the smallest decline thus far. CBS is off by just 3 percent in adults 18-49 (3.0 vs. 3.1, including “Thursday Night Football”), while NBC has dipped 5 percent (2.3 vs. 2.42 last year) thanks to “The Voice” staying pretty close to its premiere numbers last season and “This Is Us” outperforming “Best Time Ever” in the Tuesday 10 p.m. spot.
LOSERS: ABC and FOX. Through four days, ABC is off 20 percent vs. last season, due largely to declines for its veteran shows and the poor start for “Notorious” (1.2 vs. a 3.3 for “Scandal” in the same spot last season).
FOX is off 28 percent from Monday-Wednesday of premiere week (it aired a repeat of “Scream Queens” on Thursday last year), with Tuesday’s lineup off the most (1.1 vs. a 1.7 for the two-hour “Scream Queens” debut in 2015). “Empire,” though it’s still the top scripted show on broadcast, also had a big drop vs. its premiere last season (6.7 to 4.2, -37 percent).
WINNER: “This Is Us.” Barring a miracle on Friday, it will close premiere week as the top-rated new show in adults 18-49 (2.8) by half a point over “The Good Place” (2.3).
WINNER: “Designated Survivor.” ABC’s new drama opened a full point higher at 10 p.m. Wednesday than “Nashville” did in the same spot last year.
LOSER: “Rosewood.” The FOX drama scored a series low of 0.7 with its Season 2 premiere and didn’t do any favors for the network’s critically hailed “Pitch,” which managed just a 1.1.
LOSER: “Notorious.” The fall stand-in for “Scandal” cratered in its debut, losing more than half of its “Grey’s Anatomy” lead-in (2.5 to 1.1) and possibly harming “How to Get Away with Murder,” which was well off its Season 2 numbers, in the process.
WINNER: “MacGyver.” CBS’ reboot of the 1980s-’90s series scored big with its premiere. Its 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 was the best performance by a Friday scripted show in more than two years.
WIN some, LOSE some: After a “Voice”-aided 2.3 for its premiere on Monday, “The Good Place” dropped by nine tenths of a point for its time-period premiere on Thursday.