Two new TV dramas aired their second episodes Thursday night, but with different outcomes in the ratings.
Fox’s Touch (11.7 million viewers, 3.2 adults 18-49 rating) returned solid at 9 p.m. Sure, the Kiefer Sutherland mystery drama fell 18 percent from its premiere preview last month. But this is a good number for Fox in this slot (up 33 percent from the network’s average) and Touch had a weaker lead-in from American Idol compared to last time. Idol (15 million, 4.0), by the way, was down 13 percent this week.
Over on ABC, the second week of Ashley Judd’s action-drama Missing (8.7 million, 1.6) fell a steep 24 percent.
So Fox won the night. CBS was second with NCAA basketball. ABC aired repeats after Missing.
In third place, NBC’s block was modest. Every show was in the teens. Perhaps the network was hit hard by CBS’ NCAA coverage? Most notably, Community (3.9 million, 1.7) fell 23 percent from last week’s promising rating, though it was still NBC’s best-rated show last night. Then there was 30 Rock (3.3 million, 1.5) down 25 percent, a special airing of 30 Rock (3.4 million, 1.5) at 9 p.m., and then Up All Night (3.2 million, 1.4), which was down 18 percent. Those of you asking why NBC doesn’t just cancel The Office … this is why. At 10 p.m., Awake (4.6 million, 1.2) was down 25 percent.
Over on The CW, Vampire Diaries (2.7 million, 1.3) and The Secret Circle (1.7 million, 0.7) bucked the night’s trend and climbed a tenth of a point each.