Crazy Ones, “Michael J. Fox” Ratings

The Fall TV show premiere week continues. A quiet Wednesday saw only one new show debut, “Back In The Game,” which managed only a modest 2.2 rating.

Otherwise it was a mix of returning shows which all seemed to be down on previous years. Suffering drops were “Criminal Minds” (-10%), Survivor” (-12%), “CSI” (-16%), “The Middle” (-17%), “Modern Family” (-25%) and “Nashville” (-25%).

NBC’s “Revolution” in particular was down 56% compared with its launch last year, but only 10% down from its first season finale. Having lost its “The Voice” lead-in had a major impact as well.

One veteran show that did well was “South Park” over on Comedy Central. The animated series pulled in 2.89 million viewers and a 4.1 rating, up 10% on last year.

On Thursday night, things heated up again with several new shows and a bunch of major returning series.

The big hit of the night was David E. Kelley’s high-profile new comedy “The Crazy Ones” on CBS. The Robin Williams-led premiere drew a 4.0 rating and 15.6 million viewers.

That makes it the most-watched new series premiere of the Fall thus far, and the second highest in the key demo rating behind only ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”.

The show was helped by its lead-in – the hour-long season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” which scored up to 19.5 million viewers and a 5.8 rating.

NBC’s “The Michael J. Fox Show” premiered to 7.3 million viewers and a 2.1 rating, about the same as “The Office” in that timeslot last season.

More Thursday shows saw big drops from their premieres last fall including “Parenthood” (-16%), “Two and a Half Men” (-17%), “Glee” (-17%), Grey’s Anatomy” (-23%), “Parks and Recreation” (-24%) and “Elementary” (-32%).