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TV Ratings Monday: Huge Premiere for 'Sleepy Hollow', 'Under the Dome' Finale Soars, Solid Returns for 'Bones' & 'Dancing With the Stars' - Updated

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September 17th, 2013

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Scoreboard FOX ABC CBS NBC UNI CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.8/8 2.6/7 1.9/5 1.2/3 1.2/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.1/7 2.0/6 1.4/4 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 8.786 13.356 7.241 3.186 3.186 0.602

Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Steelers/Bengals) was simulcast on the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh and the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati. As a result, the ABC and NBC numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals. Major League Baseball aired on the CW affiliate in Chicago.

 

FOX was number one in Adults 18-49 while ABC was on top among Total Viewers.

Update: Fox ordered Time Zone adjusted fast nationals (which usually match the final afternoon ratings)

BONES went up to 2.3 rtg in Adults 18-49 (vs. 2.2/7 this morning) with 7.8 Mil Total Viewers (vs. 7.5 Mil this morning)

  • This makes it EVEN with last year’s premiere in Adults 18-49 (2.3/7)

 

SLEEPY HOLLOW went up to 3.5 rtg in Adults 18-49 (vs. 3.4/9 this morning) with 10.1 Mil Total Viewers (vs. 10.0 Mil this morning)

On FOX, the season premiere of Bones scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from a 2.3 for last season’s premiere on Monday, September 17, 2012 but up 5 percent from a 2.1 for last season’s finale on April 29, 2013. The series premiere of Sleepy Hollow garnered a huge 3.4 adults 18-49 rating up 127 percent from a 1.5 for the premiere of The Mob Doctor on September 17, 2012, and, perhaps more surprisingly up 6 percent from a 3.2 for the premiere of The Following on January 21, 2013 and up 10 percent from a 3.1 for the premiere of Terra Nova on Monday, September 26, 2011. Your predictions were far too pessimistic. It was the highest broadcast drama premiere since the debut of Revolution and FOX’s best Fall drama premiere in six years, since the short-lived K-ville in 2007.

On CBS, the season finale of Under the Dome earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating up 33 percent from last week’s 2.1. It should be noted that last week’s episode started half an hour late in most of the country. It was the show’s best Adults 8-49 rating since July 29.

On ABC, the possiblyy football inflated season premiere of Dancing with the Stars scored a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating up 28 percent from a 2.5 for the premiere of last fall’s all-star edition on September 25, 2012 and matching last spring's premiere on March 18, 2013.

On NBC, Million Second Quiz earned a 1.1 down 35 percent from a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s premiere. The ]season finale of American Ninja Warrior notched a 1.6 down 6 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The finale of Siberia garnered a 0.8 up 33 percent from last week's 0.6  adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, the season finale of Breaking Pointe matched last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

 

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 16, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars - Season Premiere (8-10PM) 3.2/9 16.19
FOX Bones - Season Premiere 2.2/7 7.53
NBC The Million Second Quiz 1.1/3 3.75
CBS How I Met Your Mother - R 1.3/4 4.31
CW Hart Of Dixie - R 0.2/1 0.71
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.5/4 4.38
9:00 FOX Sleepy Hollow - Series Premiere 3.4/9 10.05
NBC American Ninja Warrior - season Finale 1.6/4 4.23
CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.5/4 5.00
CW Breaking Pointe - Season Finale 0.2/1 0.50
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.8/5 6.07
10:00 CBS Under the Dome - Season Finale 2.8/8 11.84
ABC Castle - R 1.5/4 7.69
NBC Siberia - Finale 0.8/2 2.23

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In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

 

On FOX, the season premiere of Bones scored a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 4 percent from a 2.3 for last season’s premiere on Monday, September 17, 2012 but up 5 percent from a 2.1 for last season’s finale on April 29, 2013. The series premiere of Sleepy Hollow garnered a huge 3.4 adults 18-49 rating up 127 percent from a 1.5 for the premiere of The Mob Doctor on September 17, 2012, and, perhaps more surprisingly up 6 percent from a 3.2 for the premiere of The Following on January 21, 2013 and up 10 percent from a 3.1 for the premiere of Terra Nova on Monday, September 26, 2011. Your predictions were far too pessimistic. It was the highest broadcast drama premiere since the debut of Revolution and FOX’s best drama premiere in six years.

On CBS, the season finale of Under the Dome earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating up 33 percent from last week’s 2.1. It should be noted that last week’s episode started half an hour late in most of the country. It was the show’s best Adults 8-49 rating since July 29.

On ABC, the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars scored a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating up 28 percentfrom a 2.5 for the premiere of last fall’s all-star edition on September 25, 2012.

On NBC, Million Second Quiz earned a 1.1 down 35 percent from a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating for last week’s premiere. American Ninja Warrior notched a 1.6 down 6 percent from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The finale of Siberia garnered a 0.8 up 33 percent from last week's 0.6  adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, the season finale of Breaking Pointe matched last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • StevenD

    I’m glad Sleepy Hollow did so well cause I loved the first episode! much better then The Following turned out to be..

  • Joseph

    I suspect that “Dancing With The Stars” and the “Under The Dome” finale were probably the only two broadcast shows last night (September 16th) do draw more viewers than “NFL Monday Night Football” on ESPN.

    The premiere of “Sleepy Hollow” may come close to beating football, but I don’t think it did.

    It should be noted that on the West Coast, most of “Dancing”, all of “Hollow” and all of “Dome” aired after the game ended. Not having to compete against football may have resulted in those shows doing very well on the West Coast.

  • NJ Viewer

    Sleepy Hollow was awesome. Supposedly, the writers conceived it as a multi-year story arc, but I don’t know how they can keep viewers interested for more than 1 season. Unless they introduce alternate dimensions.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I don’t see Sleepy Hallow maintaining what THE FOLLOWING did. It’s just a hunch however I think people tuned in to the premier because of all the summer stuff that is on. Next week I predict a drop to around a 2.6 and then worse each week there after

  • WoWza

    3.5 for sleepy hollow thats insane. That cant be overstated

  • Jayme

    Bigbortherfan

    THats waht people said about the Following.

  • Ryann

    Sleepy Hollow was amazing, definitely deserved the ratings it achieved. Hoping for a strong season, I think views will hold on a while because it’s fresh and very intriguing and fun to watch.
    Why did CW renew breaking pointe anyway aha?

  • chloe

    What do people think the ratings and viewers for the fox comedies will do tonight especially with not much competition

  • Russell

    I think Sleepy Hollow’s numbers will fall weekly and Bones will be a little weaker until it is moved to Friday where it will die. Almost Human is another Fox show that I don’t think is long for this world.

    Under The Dome was fantastic last night and confirmed itself as a bonafide hit. I think the biggest battle will be the 10:00 pm time slot which has Castle competing against CBS’s red hot Hostages NBC’s Blacklist.

    DWTS will definitely fall in the demo next week and The Voice will be a little weaker against CBS’s sitcoms. Although, I think We Are Men will fail and be replaced by Bad Teacher. CBS is keeping Mike & Molly for Thursday just in case The Crazy Ones fail.

  • Ultima

    @Shantal
    Broadcast is really older skewing than cable as a whole.

    This is the real reason why broadcast networks want ad prices to be based primarily off of A25-54. It’s not any of the silly reasons most people give, they simply have a larger share of that audience.

    @Benjamin Elliot
    I do think FOX should be called on the carpet for their new low in embedded commercials. During Bones, they had one character ask another if they’d set the DVR for Sleepy Hollow yet. Really, FOX?

    How is that a new low when similar things have been done before? Years ago, they had an embedded promotion for the Raymond finale in The Simpsons (with Romano guest starring); Bones has done cross promotion in the past, remember when they had Stewie from Family Guy?

    @Contrarian
    Wow has the broadcast landscape changed. Here I was expecting a ‘huge’ premiere to garner a 4 or 5 and Sleepy Hollow only manages a mid 3. Sure it’s huge compared to things nowadays but also very meh to ratings only a couple years ago.

    I guess that depends on how you view change. You could make basically the same statement for almost every fall for the past 30 years. To me, that means the broadcast landscape isn’t changing – we’re still seeing the same general declines that have been going on since the early 80s.

    @Seth
    Network TV is back…HUGE numbers for everything. Expect more of this as the season goes on due to reality starting to take a backseat to scripted.

    That 3.2 rating and 16.2 million viewers for Dancing with the Stars doesn’t look like it’s in the back seat…

  • charmedcraft

    SH was really good; looking forward to next week.

  • Melissa

    Wow, great start for Sleepy Hollow.

  • Ultima

    @Holly
    Dancing looks pretty good too. Even if it loses a couple of tenths to football, it’s better than it started last fall. (Did it start before The Voice last fall too?)

    The Voice started first last fall. DWTS started first in the spring and dropped significantly the second week when The Voice returned.

  • Tina

    Didn’t expect Sleepy Hollow to have so much horror. It was quite an interesting twist with the four horsemen and I really enjoyed it more than I thought. Well written script and the actors were wonderful. A really nice scary drama. Hope it keeps doing well with the competition next week. Fingers crossed.

  • Mike

    I find it odd that its being said it rated higher than.. Mob doctor, terra Nova, K-ville… While its true those shows were canceled within the first 13 episodes….

    I haven’t seen sleepy hollow yet but will tonight so I’m saying it will fail or succeed

  • Ultima

    @Mike
    I find it odd that its being said it rated higher than.. Mob doctor, terra Nova, K-ville…

    Why is it odd that they are comparing the new FOX Monday 9pm drama to the two previous fall FOX Monday 9pm dramas and the previous high premiere for a FOX fall drama?

    Those are very standard comparisons for the premiere of a new show.

    I see that you left out the comparisons to last year’s high drama premiere and FOX’s Monday 9pm drama in the spring, probably because those shows were renewed.

  • Networkman

    Sleepy Hollow was really good. The two leads had great chemistry with one another. The episode was just intriguing and held the attention of my entire family. This is great news for FOX. I do feel it is time to move Bones to Friday because I expect great things from Almost Human. I feel it is more anticipated than Sleepy Hollow.

    Also, I really enjoyed Dancing with the Stars. I like this cast much better than the Spring Edition. Also, the show moved at a quicker pace. I love that the results were shown immediately after each couple danced. And I loved the new seating area for the contestants.

  • THE OLD MAN

    Where have I been? Had no idea all these shows premiered last night. Want to catch Sleepy Hollow. Totally missed UTD, but heard it was good. Aye, me!

  • Billy Martins

    Loved sleepy hollows episode last nite hope it stays that way praying that it does”nt tumble in they ratings in week two cause next Monday they have a tough nite ahead of them having everything back like the voice & CBS network sitcoms are back with vengeance!!!!

  • Dan

    Wow 127% up from that crappy Mob Doctor 1.5 premiere. Even if Sleepy Hollow drops, it will still air all episodes. And FOX needs dramas. Good job SH.

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