TV Ratings: "Heroes" Return Strong (9/24/07)
Last night NBC's "Heroes" kicked off the 2nd season on a par with last year's solid series premiere numbers, while ABC's blockbuster "Dancing with the Stars" was, as expected, the most watched telecast in the US. NBC's "Chuck" and "Jorneyman" premiered to modest numbers, while there was bad news for FOX's new drama "K-Ville," and CBS shows "How I Met Your Mother" and "CSI: Miami."
The 2nd season premiere of "Heroes" on NBC scored 14.12 million viewers, that's 30.000 more than the pilot last year. Since the show fared much worse in the spring, and more viewers may be keeping up with the show on DVR now, this is a very good start.
21.19 million viewers made the 90-minute season premiere of ABC's blockbuster "Dancing with the Stars" the #1 show in America last night.
New NBC shows "Chuck" (9.28 million) and "Journeyman" (9.48 million) got off to a modest start, but "Chuck" managed to build audience while "Journeyman" lost viewers in their respective second half-hours.
Despite the arrival of "Chuck" (not to mention "Dancing with the Stars") "Prison Break" actually held on to the diluted audience it generated last week (7.28 million). That's good. However, this may still be the show's last season if those numbers don't improve.
The show's lead-out "K-Ville" was, however, one of the biggest losers of the night - after exceeding "Prison Break" last week with almost 9 million viewers and looking very promising, the show had to compete with "Heroes" and dipped to only 6.17 million this week.
Finally, CBS shows "How I Met Your Mother" (8.27 million) and "CSI: Miami" (14.84 million) declined from last year's opening figures (10.48 and 17.62 million, respectively). This is particularly bad for "CSI: Miami" which only had to battle ABC's "Bachelor" and NBC's new drama "Journeyman."
This was the first official night of the new 2007-2008 television season.