Ratings: ABC’s ‘When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren’ Debut Wins 8 PM

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Nature called, and Helen Mirren answered. The new series “When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren” debuted at 8 p.m. Thursday, winning its time slot and carrying ABC to a first-place finish. Well, among viewers 18-49, ABC ended up in a tie with Fox atop primetime. Of course, ABC includes the 10 o’clock hour in its primetime averages, and Fox does not. Advantage: Fox. Last night, NBC premiered “Making It” Season 3 and brought back “Good Girls.” The former outperformed the latter. ABC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.4 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers. ABC was first in total viewers with 2.72 million, Fox was third with 1.7 million. For ABC, “When Nature Calls” drew a 0.5 rating and 3.6 million total viewers. At 9, “Holey Moley” had a 0.5 rating and 2.6 million total viewers. “The Hustler” at 10 got a 0.4 rating and 2 million total viewers. For Fox, “Beat Shazam” at 8 received a 0.4 rating and 1.9 million total viewers. “Mental Samurai” at 9 had the same rating, but 1.5 million total viewers. CBS and NBC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.3. CBS was...

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