The CBS show "Kid Nation" got off to a solid but not great start, averaging a Nielsen preliminary 3.0 rating among 18-49 viewers in its 8 p.m. time slot. The show grew in the second half hour from the first--always a good sign.
Fox's broad-skewing comedy "Back To You," featuring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton, did a bit better than "Kid Nation," earning a nice--but not stellar--3.1 rating at 8 p.m. That tied Fox's best for the evening with "Kitchen Nightmares," a new show with the caustic celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. It also pulled a 3.1 in 18-49 viewers.
The CW's season premiere of "America's Next Top Model" did its usual bit in winning its target 18-34 viewers with a healthy 2.8 rating. CW's new show "Gossip Girl" couldn't quite keep pace, only reaching a 2.2 number.
Still, "Girl" retained more of the adults 18-34 (79%) and women 18-34 (79%) than any other show that followed "Model." In addition, "Girls," among the more narrow targets of women 18-34 and teenage girls, outdrew other program debuts and year-ago time-period shows--"Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Gilmore Girls" and "One Tree Hill."
For the night, it was all Fox, leading viewers with a 3.0 rating/9 share among 18-49 viewers. NBC was next at 2.8/8; CBS was third, at 2.6/7.
CW jumped to fourth with a 2.1/6 over an idle ABC--still mostly in summer-repeat mode, which earned a 2.0/6. Univision brought up the rear at 1.7/5.