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TV ratings: Fox's 'Gang Related' soft in debut

Fox's 'Gang Related' starts soft in the ratings.

Fox's new crime drama "Gang Related" could use some more recruits.

The new show about a gang member who infiltrates Los Angeles law enforcement got off to a soft start in the ratings Thursday night, debuting to an average of about 3 million viewers and a rating of 0.9 among key 18- to 49-year-olds, according to early numbers from Nielsen. 

In the advertiser-desired demographic, that's 30% lower than Fox's year-ago launch of the reality show "Does Someone Have to Go," which premiered with a 1.3. In the 18-49 demographic group, a ratings point equals roughly 1.3 million viewers. Fox's other Thursday show "Hell's Kitchen" earned a 1.5, down 12% from a week ago. 

CBS and NBC notched victories on a quiet TV night.

The former had the most viewers overall (5.8 million) with mostly comedy reruns and the latter won the key demographic (with a 1.5) with "Hollywood Game Night" and the return of "Last Comic Standing." The stand-up comedy competition show hasn't had a premiere since the summer of 2010.

On Thursday, it debuted with 5.4 million viewers and a rating of 1.7 in 18-49, compared with a 2.0 four years ago, and considering the overall drop in TV viewership over the years, that's a solid hold. 

CBS' canceled comedy "Bad Teacher" ended its run with a 1.1 in 18-49.

Meanwhile, ABC's "Black Box" had little lead-in support and sank to a low of 0.8. 

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