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Ratings: “Mysteries of Laura” Draws Huge Audience, Modest A18-49 Mark

Significantly old-skewing for an NBC drama, “The Mysteries of Laura” delivered monster viewership but a modest adults 18-49 rating in its time period premiere Wednesday.

The Mysteries of Laura draws nearly 10 million viewers.
The Mysteries of Laura draws nearly 10 million viewers.

Wednesday’s episode, which aired in the 8PM hour, drew a whopping 10.01 million viewers to rank as the time period’s most-watched show.

Its adults 18-49 number, however, clocked in at a rather soft 1.5 adults.  While not terrible in 2014, it certainly looks light when juxtaposed with the total viewership number.  The show was a distant third–behind ABC’s comedies and CBS’ “Survivor”–among adults 18-49 in the 8PM hour.

On the plus side, “Laura” improved its viewership and adults 18-49 marks as it progressed.  After opening with a 1.4 and 9.48 million viewers from 8-8:30PM, the show drew a 1.6 with 10.26 million from 8:30-9PM.

NBC also offered “Law & Order: SVU” (2.2 rating, 10.07 million viewers) and “Chicago PD” (1.9, 8.51 million).

Written by Brian Cantor

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