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Steven Spielberg's 'Smash,' 'The River': The premieres' ratings are in

The premieres of Steven Spielberg’s “Smash” and “The River” aired this week, with one show’s ratings significantly higher than the other.“Smash,” which premiered on Monday, earned a 3.8 rating for adults 18-49 years old and 11.5 million viewers. The musical drama was the third-highest-rated debut this season, but four rival network shows fared better in ratings, along with the drama’s fellow primetime show.The premiere, for which former CSULB student Spielberg is a producer, aired after the second episode of “The Voice.” The singing competition scored a 6.6 rating and 17.7 million viewers, making it a more popular hit than “Smash.” The second season of the show premiered on Sunday after the Super Bowl and became NBC’s highest-rated entertainment broadcast in over four years. Advertisement Spielberg’s other credited “The River” premiered on ABC on Tuesday to a lesser audience. The thriller raked in 7.5 million viewers and a 2.4 rating, competing – and losing – to rival show “NCIS,” which earned 20.8 million viewers and a 4.1 rating thanks to its being the 200th episode.Both completely different series, it all comes down to what viewers prefer to watch. Catch “Smash” on NBC on Mondays at 10/9 Central and “The River” on ABC on Tuesdays at 9/8 Central.

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