At 9 p.m., newcomer Nikita was a mark below its Diaries lead-in in the key adults demo with a 1.4/4, though it was up 9% in total viewers with 3.6 million. The series also scored a 1.9 rating in its target women 18-34, an all-time high with the demo in the time slot for original programming. Nikita also matched Supernatural's premiere in the same time slot one year ago, and drew the second largest audience in that period since January 2009.
Of The CW's two series premieres this week--Hellcats and Nikita--the later fared 17% better than Wednesday's Hellcats premiere, thought it also benefited from Diaries strong lead.
Primetime Ratings: Nikita Debuts Strong, NFL Kickoff Sets Records
By Andrea Domanick & Andrea Morabito