Nina Dobrev’s CBS Show Fam Replaced Murphy Brown And Debuted To Better Ratings

Tone Bell and Nina Dobrev in Fam on CBS
Tone Bell and Nina Dobrev in Fam on CBS

There was so much hype for the return of — interviews, magazine covers, think pieces. But when Season 11 premiered in 2018, 20 years after the original run ended, the result was underwhelming. That’s not to say the show didn’t get many viewers, but it got fewer than expected, and went out with a whimper after 13 episodes.

alum Nina Dobrev just premiered her new show in the same timeslot. That sitcom didn’t get the hype of , but it got better ratings in the advertiser-loving 18-49 demo. So, in short, it’s a bigger win for CBS.

The series premiere aired Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and earned 7.34 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo. According to TVLine, that was a marked improvement on timeslot predecessor ‘s average of 6.1 million viewers and a 0.8 rating; ‘s finale only had 5.2 million and a 0.7 rating.

Granted, the premiere had 7.5 million viewers, which is slightly more than had for its debut. But the ratings still rule the roost, and topped it in that area.

TV shows often see their biggest numbers with premieres and then a decline from there. We’ll have to see if that’s the case for . In major success stories — like — a show gains viewers over time. In other stories — like — a show gains viewers then loses them again in a car crash playing out weekly before our eyes.

When it comes to , Nina Dobrev admitted she wasn’t looking to do more TV so soon after leaving , but she fell in love with her character, Clem, and she liked the idea of pushing herself out of her comfort zone to perform in front of a live studio audience.

Interestingly enough, on the same night that Nina Dobrev was launching her new show, her character’s BFF was playing an alien over on . Also, starting this coming Thursday, Dobrev’s will start competing against and ‘ joint spinoff, .

airs for an hour, starting at 9 p.m., but at 9:30 fans are going to have to make a choice between supporting Elena Gilbert Salvatore or the new kids at the Salvatore boarding school. (Or fans could skip both, but they shouldn’t.)

Honestly, I watched the premiere and thought it was pretty cute. But that’s probably the last time I’m going to think about it. If I happen to have the comedy on again — if my TV remote decides that’s what’s up — I’ll watch it. The cast is great. Nina Dobrev is always a joy. But I would rather watch for the mystery and drama. To each her own.

airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS, right after , , and . airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW. Here’s what else is airing in midseason 2019. is apparently not returning for a second season, which may have always been the plan, but you know CBS would’ve tried to change that plan if the revival numbers had been higher.

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