Phil McGraw

'Bull,' 'Designated Survivor' have promising ratings starts

Nielsen's first "most likely to succeed" list is out, and it includes Michael Weatherley, Mandy Moore, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin James.

They are among the stars in new series that performed well during the first week of the new TV season, the Nielsen company said. The best performer was "Bull," CBS' series starring Weatherley as a trial consultant in a story loosely based on Dr. Phil McGraw's life. Its audience of 15.6 million made it the most-watched debut of the week.

Moore is in the ensemble cast of NBC's "This is Us," and James in the CBS comedy "Kevin Can Wait," which both finished among Nielsen's Top 25 for their debuts.