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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.

 
  • Brad

    @Seth

    Network TV is back after one day of ratings? LMAO.

  • Quadrey

    Glee was premiered in spring 2009 not Fall, Touch was a sneak preview that wasnt in the fall

  • Potato

    @Seth– AMEN!

    @Mon– sadly, it’s true. I wish I hadn’t read the book tbh, cause knowing the dropped characters and plotlines has made me enjoy the show a lot less than I think I would’ve otherwise.

  • Billy

    I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in DWTS ratings. The Voice will knock it down big time next week.

  • TVMAN

    For all Under The Dome fans- yes, you got good ratings, but I heard the finale was down right TERRIBLE. Glad Sleepy Hollow did well, FOX is going to have a solid season this year regardless of the disaster that is XFactor.

  • dantas

    @Quadrey, that’s true. I misread it, didn’t see the “Fall premiere” up there. Thanks.

  • jersey

    Bones is benefiting from no competition from CBS with a repeat. probably be hard to keep these numbers up.

  • Petar

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

    People say the same about revolution last year but the show get 20 episodes and second season and get good ratings till the end. These shows are for entertain. This is not breaking bad or EMMY/Oscar award shows. It’s broadcast and they need to entertain. Sleepy hollow is a lot of fun ride and entertaining. Good adventure.

  • bk8718

    Man, this crow tastes good!

  • Guardian Owl

    I enjoyed Sleepy Hollow quite a bit, it seems like it is going to be a fun ride in the vein of Supernatural, I do hope they keep that slight streak of humor going forward, the show can’t take itself too seriously otherwise it will become a bore like Under the Dome.

  • Alecia

    Really enjoyed Sleepy Hollow so I’m happy for the ratings. Hopefully next week it won’t fall too much. Also enjoy the first hour of DWTS. I’ll have to catch the rest later

  • grey

    @ 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.”

    So sad, but yet so very true! LOL! :-)

  • Michael1

    Not only does no one want to watch Million Second Quiz, no one even wants to comment on it. It lost to a repeat of “How I Met Your Mother” even with its preliminary estimates including “Monday Night Football” in the Cincinnati Market. The show has been on the air for like 2 weeks and people are already sick of it. Can someone please explain to me why Ryan Seacrest is considered such a marquee name? No one even wants to see him help people win $10 Million.

  • Observer

    Loved Sleepy Hollow! I’m in for the season. The chemistry between the leads was spot-on and the little bits of humor felt just right. Glad it got such good numbers, I wouldn’t have predicted that.

  • Dave

    Is Siberia cancelled? I need to know what happens next, IMO the best show this summer.

  • Petar

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

    WHat? CBS still has best crime scripted and acted shows – CSI, NCIS, POI! Sorry.

    Sleepy hollow is this year revolution. Great adventure, fun ride and entertaining. But CBS is CLASS!

  • Petar

    ps i mean best scripted and acted CRIME shows.

  • TV Viewer

    Wow! Sleepy Hollow did way better than I expected it to. It’s premiere was even bigger than the season finale to Under the Dome.
    I felt the season finale of UTD was a bit of a let down, and it does seem like a series that’s being stretched out one season too many.
    Dancing with the Stars had an outstanding season premiere episode as well.
    I hope and pray Valerie Harper is totally cured of her illness, even if she does not win the talent program.

  • Holly

    GREAT numbers for Sleepy Hollow’s premiere. Yes, yes, it’s the premiere against less competition, but still great.

    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?)

    Under the Dome finished strong. That show is a definite win for CBS.

  • grey

    @ Petar

    Yeah, but there’s nothing wrong in wanting shows that are *both* entertaining and award worthy. IMO all the networks (not just cable *or* broadcast) should be striving for that with all thier shows – even the so called lighthearted fair.

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