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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.

 
  • Billiam

    Great for Under The Dome!! And, I haven’t watched it yet but with premiere such as Sleepy Hallow had, I’m going to break my rule on waiting to watch new shows to watch Sleepy Hallow.

  • cas

    For a show in their 9th season, Bones did good. Plus up from the finale. SH is off to a good start. I am still unsure if I want to watch it or not. However, I do like how Fox is premiering their shows a week a head of the other networks. Seems like a good idea, if their shows are good and viewers stick around.

  • Andrew

    It looks like Fox is off to a good start. Premiering new shows one week before everyone else may have been a smart decision. We’ll know for sure tomorrow.

  • Alex

    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?

    Really? I find that hilarious.

  • carla

    Sleepy Hollow was great, lots fun action. Under the Dome was also strong, but boo for the soggy, limp cliff-hanger.

  • Flame

    @r0ckmypants, who wrote: “Why isn’t anyone talking about DWTS? That’s a HUGE gain from last fall. I don’t watch it, but I guess ABC did something right with the cast with this season.”

    -> Because others read the red text that DWTS is football inflated?

  • JONNYSBRO

    It’s nice to see scripted shows doing well on fox. I think the following and sleepy hollow is a good duo for Monday. I really just think fox needs to get away from the x factor which IMO is a lost cause. Focus on scripted shows, cancel x factor it won’t bleed into idol and reunite your original three judges. This is a no brainer.

  • Alex

    Here’s a question – If Sleepy Hollow holds up will Fox actually go through with their move Bones to Friday and move Sleepy Hollow to 8PM to make way for Almost Human at 9PM plan? That always seemed a bit like a ‘we have no faith in Sleepy Hollow and think we’re going to end up pulling it’ plan really. If Sleep Hollow hits will they push Almost Human to midseason (where?) and just stick with things as they are?

  • Flame

    @Michael1, who wrote: “No one even wants to see him help people win $10 Million.”

    -> Actually I don’t think the winner receives 10 million dollars. From what I know the winner gets his total cash from the money chair, plus the opponents’ cash in the final plus 2 million. This should add up to a lot less than 10 million.

    That’s because every dollar won in the money chair by candidates that do not move on (or are thrown out of) Winners’ Row is lost.

  • Greg

    @Alex

    That was never the plan. Sleepy Hollow will stay at 9pm, Almost Human will premiere àt 8pm.

  • L

    Absolutely loved Sleepy Hollow and was actually afraid it might not find an audience due to its subject matter and content. So goddamn pleasantly surprised all around! Great show and great numbers!

    Even if it drops, I’m sure it can and will stabilis above a 2.5

  • halloween

    if you have a name brand you can launch a show…but you need quality to keep viewers

  • cranesnake

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. should beat Sleepy Hollow’s first week numbers. The hype machine has been full-blast on that for a while, and when you combine that with the success of the Avengers (and the tie-in that results from that), the numbers should be at least as good as Sleepy Hollow if not better. I think Sleepy Hollow benefitted a lot from being the first big premiere of the new season. I know it’s a show I’ve been very much looking forward to. Hope those numbers continue.

  • edc

    According to the Masked Scheduler on Twitter, both Bones and Sleepy Hollow adjusted up in the finals.

    Bones is even with last season’s premiere AND up 0.2 from the finale. Love it! Not bad at all for a show in its ninth season! :D

    And good for Sleepy Hollow! I’m definitely curious if it will hold. It’s very awesome to see a non-reality show getting these numbers.

  • John A

    Bones and Sleepy Hollow both adjusted up.

  • Cle

    Guess the numbers for tonight..

    Dads Premier: 2.2-2.6 (Around 8 Million) Exact on 2.4
    Brooklyne 9-9 Premier: 2.3-2.7 (Around 8 Million) Exact on 2.6
    New Girl Premier: 2.6-3.0 (Around 9 Million) Exact on 2.9
    Mindy Project Premier: 2.4-2.8 (Around 8 Million) Exact on 2.7

    What do you think??

  • Greg

    Now it should be interesting to see how Dads and Brooklyn will premiere. Sleepy Hollow got to compete against DWTS, those two are literally facing nothing tonight.

  • a p garcia

    Wow at SH. For a mediocre ending of UTD it did great. I don’t think I can wait 9 months if he got his neck stretched. Maybe it needs for Speilburg to take a more hands on for this project. DWTS being up surprised me but it was up against MSQ and repeats on CBS so next week will be the first test.

  • alexjones

    good start for sleepy hollow, but we’ll see how it does when it goes up against some real competition.

  • Fred

    Strong ratings for FOX and ABC.
    Encouraging sign for this season.
    However the VOICE will surely hurt DWTS when it returns
    I believe that Sleep Hollow will be fairly stable all season long. Just like ABC’s first season fantasy show OUAT.

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