First published on www.nytimes.com
Every network had some strong results to brag about: New shows like “Gotham” on Fox and “Scorpion” on CBS opened impressively. Returning hits like “Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “The Voice” and “The Blacklist” on NBC, still look like hits. And “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC, while still fading from its halcyon days, still draws a big, though notably older, audience.
These are the impressions based on the initial numbers released Monday from the Nielsen Company, even though the networks now resist putting any credence on rating results until several days of delayed viewing is counted. The networks now offer projections of where the shows will end up in three or seven days, which is always with much bigger audiences.