Following a strong premiere, ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles‘ Week 2 ratings were a bit arresting. The NBC spin-off dropped 23 percent in the key 18-to-49 demo, while its total viewership sank 22 percent (to 8.23 million). That opened the door for CBS’ freshman legal dramedy ‘The Defenders‘ (9.3 million viewers) to easily outdraw ‘LOLA.’
The only Wednesday programs to grow their audiences week-to-week were Fox’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen‘ (averaging 6.6 mil over its two-hour run and delivering season-high demos) and ABC’s belly laugh-filled ‘Badly Titled Cougar Town‘ (up a tick to 7.2 mil viewers).
Other ratings notes for Wednesday:
* ‘Criminal Minds’ was of course the night’s most-watched program, this time with 13.7 million viewers.
* Placing a distant third in the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s ‘The Whole Truth‘ was down another 4 percent, courting just 4.5 million viewers.
‘Law & Order’ loyalists, why do you think ‘LOLA’ took such a plunge in its second week?