James Hibberd
October 17, 2012 AT 03:32 PM EDT

Does Emily Owens work at Planned Parenthood?

Because the young doctor was shut down by Mitt Romney slugging it out with Barack Obama last night.

The CW had strong premiere ratings for its new shows Arrow and Beauty and the Beast last week, but the littlest broadcaster couldn’t quite deliver three in a row. The debut of Emily Owens M.D. Tuesday evening launched to 1.7 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the adult demo while facing the second presidential debate (Beauty and the Beast, btw, managed to deliver more than twice this rating while facing the veep debate).

The ratings are 58 percent below the debut of Ringer last year and fall slightly below its Hart of Dixie lead-in (1.3 million, 0.6) in the adult demo, though do show an improvement compared to Dixie when looking at total viewers. Worth pointing out that EOMD was at a disadvantage compared to The CW’s other two new dramas, which both have brand recognition and enjoyed bigger marketing pushes.

Official and accurate debate ratings will be released this afternoon.

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