Last night, ABC unveiled their latest musical drama, Nashville. Did it reach new ratings highs or hit a sour note?
On Nashville, a legendary country music superstar (Connie Britton) sees that her popularity is starting to fade and has the opportunity to tour with a young and sexy up-and-comer (Hayden Panettiere). The TV show’s cast also includes Powers Boothe, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Robert Wisdom, and Judith Hoag.
Airing opposite NBC’s new Chicago Fire and CSI on CBS, Nashville’s first episode attracted a 2.8 in the 18-49 demographic with 8.98 million total viewers. It was first in its timeslot in the demo but second in viewers.
Year-to-year, compared to Revenge’s premiere in the same timeslot, the network was down by 15% in the demo (vs a 3.3 rating) and down by 10% in viewership (vs 10.02 million). This wasn’t a terrible start but, considering the glowing reviews, it was disappointing.
What do you think? Did you watch Nashville last night? Will you be watching next week? Live, via DVR, on-demand or online?