Context is important when looking at live+same-day ratings for Wednesday’s “Blindspot” premiere.
According to live+same-day data posted by Showbuzz, Wednesday’s season two opener drew a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating and 7.28 million total viewers.
On the one hand, it outperformed the last eight first season episodes in adults 18-49. It topped the last fourteen in total viewership.
It also ranked as its timeslot’s top network show – by far – in adults 18-49 and total viewership (though its competition was not daunting; CBS and ABC aired re-runs).
On the other hand, it received lead-in support from NBC’s highly rated “America’s Got Talent” finale. The lead-in support (3.1, 15.44 million from 9-10PM) was much stronger than that routinely received from the spring 2015 season of “The Voice.”
More importantly, it is lead-in support that will not exist in the coming weeks when “Blindspot” moves to its regular 8PM timeslot.
Last season, “Blindspot” compensated for its modest late-year live+same-day ratings with strong live+3 and live+7 gains. It will be interesting to see if “Blindspot” again proves popular with DVR users.