ABC’s 'mixed-ish' And 'Emergence' Debut With Growth Over Their Lead-Ins

ABC Tuesday Prime (8:00-11:00 p.m. – 4.2 million and 0.9/5 in AD18-49):  
Featuring its new 2-hour Tuesday comedy block leading into the debut of “Emergence,” ABC jumped over the year-ago season premiere Tuesday by 13% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/5 vs. 0.8/3 on 9/25/18).

“The Conners” (8:00-8:30 p.m. – 5.7 million and 1.3/7 in AD18-49):
The 2nd season premiere of ABC’s “The Conners” ranked No. 1 in its half-hour among Adults 18-49 (1.3/7), tied with CBS’ “NCIS” season premiere and NBC’s “The Voice” season opener. “The Conners” opened as the highest-rated comedy of Premiere Week so far in Adults 18-49.

“Bless This Mess” (8:30-9:00 p.m. – 4.0 million and 0.8/4 in AD18-49):
Shifting to the 8:30 p.m. time slot this season (from 9:30 p.m. last season), the season two premiere of ABC’s “Bless This Mess” shot up over its May finale (on 5/21/19) by 43% in Total Viewers (4.0 million vs. 2.8 million) and by 33% among Adults 18-49 (0.8/4 vs. 0.6/3) to score its 2nd-best numbers ever, behind only its April series debut.

“mixed-ish” (9:00-9:30 p.m. – 4.0 million and 0.9/4 in AD18-49):
The debut of ABC’s “mixed-ish” built over its “Bless This Mess” lead-in by 13% among Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.8/4), standing as the only new program so far during Premiere Week to improve on its lead-in. ABC’s “mixed-ish” delivered the network’s best results with a comedy telecast in the half-hour since November in Total Viewers (4.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (0.8/4) – since 11/13/18.

“black-ish” (9:30-10:00 p.m. – 3.5 million and 0.8/4 in AD18-49):
The sixth season premiere of ABC’s “black-ish” soared over its May finale (on 5/21/19) by 21% in Total Viewers (3.5 million vs. 2.9 million) to draw its largest audience since December and by 14% in Adults 18-49 (0.8/4 vs. 0.7/3) to tie its highest-rated episode since November– since 12/11/18 and 11/27/18, respectively. Moving to the 9:30 p.m. half-hour this season, “black-ish” improved its new time slot over the L+SD average of “Splitting Up Together” last season (2.7 million and 0.6/3) by 30% in Viewers and by 33% with Adults 18-49.

“Emergence” (10:00-11:00 p.m. – 4.1 million and 0.8/4 in AD18-49):
ABC’s series debut of “Emergence” grew over its “black-ish” lead-in by 17% in Total Viewers (4.1 million vs. 3.5 million) and held 100% among Adults 18-49 (0.8/4). The new ABC drama beat out CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” by 14% for No. 2 in the hour among Adults 18-49 (0.7/4), behind NBC’s “New Amsterdam” (which is inflated due to an 8-minute overrun from “This Is Us”). “Emergence” ranked as the No. 2 new drama of Premiere Week in Adults 18-49 (0.8/4-tie), behind only Fox’s “9-1-1”-boosted “Prodigal Son.”

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings, 9/24/19.