With another comedy series Emmy in hand,
The season premiere of the ensemble comedy following the lives of a Southern California extended family drew 11.4 million viewers and a rating of 4.1 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demographic, for which a ratings point equates to about 1.3 million people.
Still, the rating was down 25% from last year's season premiere, when it scored a 5.5.
"Nashville's" premiere was also down 25% from last fall's kickoff, to a rating of 2.1 and 6.6 million viewers, despite or because of an extensive makeover of the show's tone and feel.
The Season 5 premiere of
The network's new comedy "Back in the Game," about a single mom who moves in with her estranged dad (James Caan), launched to an audience of 7.89 million and a rating of 2.2, an improvement of 16% over the show that held the same time slot last year, the introductory episode of
ABC won the 18-49 demographic in prime time with a rating of 2.8.
"Revolution" had an audience of about 6.79 million.
The sci-fi action-adventure led into a two-hour "Law & Order: SVU" season opener, which brought in an average audience of 9.5 million and a rating of 2.7, surging 29% from last year's premiere.
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