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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.

 
  • JJF

    The article seems to unintentionally have softened the greatness of those numbers by showing how high other shows premiered that either fell dramatically and/or were cancelled quickly. I suppose this is an interesting start, for sure. But I’ll be curious to see the holdup in subsequent weeks.

  • ReallyTired

    Sleepy Hollow is just north of Tarrytown and Irvington. (Westchester Humor)

  • Jared

    Sleepy Hollow was a very pleasant surprise. The show defines “bat**** insane” (Headless Horseman + Machine Gun), but it kept me legitimately entertained from start to finish, and the two leads – Tom Mison and Nichole Beharie – had very good chemistry. I’m in.

    The fact that the buzz on the show seems to be so positive is a good sign – it suggests that viewers like what they saw and will return. That’s not to say that Sleepy Hollow won’t drop a little bit in the coming weeks – it will. A reasonable chunk of the audience will probably switch to DVR viewing once the fall season begins in earnest. But the good news is that the show has a pretty decent cushion after such a strong premiere. Plus, the show only has to last 13 episodes before The Following returns in January and it’s getting at least a few weeks of Friday encores.

    Obviously it’s only one data point, but I would be stunned if Sleepy Hollow doesn’t get to air its full 13 episode order. If FOX is willing to air the complete run of The Mob Doctor, Sleepy Hollow has nothing to worry about.

  • Petar

    @Dan S

    I doubt that. fox are smart network and they will stay serialized show 10-13 ep per season like cable show.

  • Sarah

    I’m so happy Bones went up from the finale instead of going down. :) But I still hope it gets adjusted up.

  • grey

    I forgot/didn’t know “Sleepy Hollow” was starting last night so I only caught the second half of it. Based on what I saw (i.e. bad acting and poor writing) I wouldn’t be surprised if it dips in the ratings next week – at least in the over 35+ demo. The younger folks might stick around for more.

    The last few minutes at the jail were very interesting and intense. It was quite ballsy of the writers/producers to have the heroes basically say it would take seven years (the usual length of a successful series) for the them to set everything right. Ha! I couldn’t help but think about “Golden Boy” and their five(?) years’ worth of flashbacks in the assumption that the show would be on at least that long. I guess there’s no harm in dreaming big.

    Next week is the “real” first week of the fall season so we’ll have to see how things shake out then; and the week after that should give an even better picture of how things are going to go for these new shows.

  • 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.

  • TP

    HUGE premiere at SH!

    Bones maybe at its last season? :/ it had a great run of 9 seasons but 2.2 for season premiere without any competition is disappointing… And if SH and AH have decent numbers this year FOX will probably announce this as Bones last season..

  • Kissan

    I think if Sleepy Hollow can get a 2.7 against The Voice and the CBS comedies next week, it will be a hit and settle for the mid to low 2’s. And then in November it’ll probably be propped up again because of Almost Human. This also means that it did good against Monday Night Football. And what’s also good is that it beat DWTS in the demo, won its very first night on broadcast and did good in 18-34 demo. It also grew 1 point and two tenths from Bones.

  • 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.

  • Michael

    Besides the premiere of X Factor, so far fall TV season is off to a GREAT start! Hopefully, CW shines this season.

  • madbengalsfan85

    Great start for Sleepy Hollow, let’s see how it holds up…solid start for Bones as well

  • AllOfHerTwist

    I was thinking Sleepy Hollow would premier in the high 2’s at best. That 3.4 preliminary is quite impressive. I watched it after Bones just out of curiosity, but it turned out to be very enjoyable.

  • Petar

    @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.

    I HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

  • Kissan

    Can anybody post the half hours?

  • AllOfHerTwist

    An end to a very impressive summer season for UTD!

  • Jo

    I will hold judgment on Sleepy Hollow until next week but the pilot was pretty good, we’ll see.

  • Zapbob

    Just finished watching “Sleepy Hollow” (DVR). Bad acting and poor plot.
    I wont be back next week.

  • Mon

    Great finish for Under the Dome. The finale was superb. I liked it a lot. I was already expecting it would be a huge cliffhanger because the show was renewed. It seems those who were disappointed are the book readers because the show was different from the book. Um okay.

    Sleepy Hollow did fantastic. I didn’t watch it yesterday but always planned to do so on Friday encores.

  • Igwell

    Based on what I saw (i.e. bad acting and poor writing)

    That’s what I thought too, but bad acting and poor writing hasn’t hurt CBS’s numbers.

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