ABC's plan for a Tuesday night comedy block is off to a good start as Tim Allen's Last Man Standing premiered to solid numbers.
The 8 p.m. comedy, with a special one-hour running time, debuted to a 3.5/10 in the cherished 18-49 demo and 13 million viewers. At 9 p.m., Dancing With the Stars scored a 3.2/8 -- up 10 percent from last week -- and 16.6 million total viewers. At 10, Body of Proof had a 1.9/5 and 9.4 million.
Standing was up 9 percent from the premiere of the now canceled No Ordinary Family in the timeslot last fall. ABC said it was the most-watched comedy series debut at 8 p.m. since September 2004. Allen's star power, however, couldn't earn it a bigger debut than 2 Broke Girls and The New Girl, both of which had better premiere ratings. (2 Broke Girls owed its outstanding premiere ratings in part to a huge lead-in from Two and a Half Men.)
Allen starred on ABC's Home Improvement from 1991 to 1999. Standing will create a man-centric Tuesday night comedy block with another new sitcom, Man Up, which debuts Tuesday.
It was unclear what network would win the night Tuesday because number's for Fox's broadcast of the MLB American League Championship Series Game 3 were not immediately available.
But CBS's NCIS was the top-rated show, earning a 3.9/11 and 18.7 million total viewers at 8. NCIS: Los Angeles at 9 had a 3.3/8 and 15.4 million total viewers. At 10, Unforgettable had a 2.3/6 and 11.8 million total viewers. It was down 8 percent in the ratings and hit a series low.
NBC's The Biggest Loser, from 8-10, had a 2.0/5 and 5.5 million total viewers. It was the show's lowest-rated regular fall airing. But Parenthood, at 10, was up 5 percent, earning a 2.1/5 and 5.3 million total viewers.