'The Wanted,' or not: NBC show bombs

New terrorist-nabbing reality series averages a 0.8

All the controversy over NBC's new catch-a-terrorist series "The Wanted" didn't help the show's ratings. It got off to a miserable start last night.

"Wanted," an edition of "Dateline NBC," managed a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, finishing a distant fourth in the timeslot behind even Univision.

The show, in which journalists and former government operatives team to bring down a suspected terrorist, drew just 2.9 million total viewers, making it the least-watched show on the Big Four networks last night.

"Wanted" has been criticized for blurring the lines between journalism and government, and also for using some of the same ambush tactics as "Dateline NBC's" now-retired "To Catch a Predator" series.

But one new show did make a strong showing in the 10 p.m. slot last night, ABC's new hook-up show "Dating in the Dark." It won the timeslot with a 2.5 18-49 rating, retaining 86 percent of its 9 p.m. lead-in, the second hour of "The Bachelorette: Men Tell All."

That helped ABC to first for the night among 18-49s with a 2.6 average overnight rating and an 8 share. CBS was second at 2.2/7, Univision third at 1.4/4, Fox fourth at 1.3/4, NBC fifth at 0.9/3 and CW sixth at 0.3/1.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback. Seven-day DVR data won't be available for several weeks. Thirty-two percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.

At 8 p.m. ABC was first with a 2.6 for the first half of "The Bachelorette," followed by CBS with a 1.7 for repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Rules of Engagement." Fox was third with a 1.4 for a "House" rerun, Univision fourth with a 1.2 for "El Nombre del Amor," NBC fifth with a 1.0 for "The Great American Road Trip" and CW sixth with a 0.4 for a repeat of "One Tree Hill."

ABC was first again at 9 p.m. with a 2.9 for more "Bachelorette," with CBS a close second with a 2.8 for repeats of "Two and a Half Men" and "The Big Bang Theory." Univision was third with a 1.6 for "Manana Es para Siempre," Fox fourth with a 1.1 for a repeat of "Lie to Me," NBC fifth with a 1.0 for a repeat of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and CW sixth with a 0.3 for a "Gossip Girl" rerun.

At 10 p.m. ABC finished first with a 2.5 for "Dating in the Dark," while CBS remained second with a 2.0 for a repeat of "CSI: Miami." Univision was third with a 1.3 for "Cristina" and NBC fourth with a 0.8 for "Dateline."

ABC and CBS tied for first for the night among households, each with a 4.9 average overnight rating and a 9 share. Fox was third at 2.7/5, NBC fourth at 2.4/4, Univision fifth at 1.8/3 and CW sixth at 0.5/1.

Source: Media Life Magazine - 'The Wanted,' or not: NBC show bombs

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