"Heroes Reborn" picked up where the original series ended, although perhaps not in the way NBC intended.
The "Heroes" revival premiered Thursday to 6 million viewers, and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, on par with the February 2010 finale of the original series (4.4 million, with 2.0 rating). That opening marks a 19-percent increase over "The Biggest Loser," which aired last year in that same time slot.
By comparison, the "Heroes" series premiere in 2006 garnered 14.3 million viewers. The Season 2 premiere drew about 17 million, while the Season 3 opener attracted 10 million.
The 13-episode miniseries is set a year after a terrorist attack devastated Odessa, Texas, home of Claire Bennet. Blamed for the tragedy, people with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.
"Heroes Reborn" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.