TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' Premieres Up From Previous Two Cycles, 'Sleepy Hollow' Dips + 'The Blacklist' Beats 'Hostages'

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September 24th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/12 2.7/7 2.5/7 2.3/6 1.3/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.4/10 2.3/7 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.1/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.982 8.338 7.610 12.737 3.382 0.726

Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Raiders/Broncos) was simulcast on the CW affiliate in Oakland. As a result, the CW numbers may be inflated  and subject to more than typical adjustments in the finals.


NBC was number one in Adults 18-49 and with total viewers

On NBC, the Voice season 5 premiere earned a 4.9 adults 18-49 rating, up from last fall's 4.2 and last spring's 4.8 adults 18-49 rating, and the highest Voice premiere premiere since the post-Super Bowl start of the second season on Feb. 5, 2012. The Blacklist  premiered to a 3.8 rating, down from the 4.1 that Revolution earned behind The Voice's fall season last year. Your predictions were too pessimistic for both shows.

On CBS, the one-hour season premiere of How I Met Your Mother  matched last year's 3.6 adults 18-49 premiere rating.  The season premiere of 2 Broke Girls earned a 2.8, down sharply from the 3.7 last year's season premiere earned. The series premiere of Mom earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. The series premiere of Hostages earned a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last year's premiere of Hawaii Five-0 in the time period.

On FOX, Bones scored a 1.9, down four tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 premiere rating. Sleepy Hollow garnered a 3.1, down four tenths from last week's 3.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On ABC,  Dancing With the Stars fell to a 2.3 from last week's  3.1 adults 18-49 rating . The season premiere of Castle earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up slightly from last year's 2.1 premiere rating.



Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 23, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC the Voice (8-10PM) -Premiere 4.9 13 14.67
CBS How I Met Your Mother -Premiere (8-9 PM) 3.6 10 9.19
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) 2.3 6 13.36
FOX Bones 1.9 5 6.66
CW Hart of Dixie -R 0.2 1 0.76
9:00PM FOX Sleepy Hollow 3.1 8 8.56
CBS 2 Broke Girls -Premiere 2.8 7 8.76
CW Whose Line is it Anyway? -R 0.2 1 0.65
9:30PM CBS Mom -Premiere 2.5 6 7.92
CW Whose Line is it Anyway -R 0.3 1 0.73
10:00PM NBC The Blacklist 3.8 10 12.62
ABC Castle 2.2 6 11.48
CBS Hostages -Premiere 1.8 5 7.48


In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.6/7 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.7/3 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.5/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/5 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • bluejays

    CBS must be so glad they moved HFO for Hostages and risked a show that has a great syndication deal for one that is new and gonna be gone in weeks!

    Ha ha – sorry – couldn’t resist breaking all the common sense rules there. But I did get a little moment of glee when i saw those ten pm results.


    CBS are in trouble on Mondays. I couldn’t believe the predictions for CBS comedies yesterday and thought they were waaay too optimistic. And they were indeed. CBS should never have moved Men. It was a really dumb move and it has really affected their Monday night and it never gave their Thursday night the boost they wanted – hence the move of POI to ten this season.

    NBC are really doing well on Mondays but they cannot seem to launch a drama that stays after The Voice. I haven’t watched The Blacklist as I really can’t watch James Spader but maybe this will be the year they find something that sticks. Won’t hold my breath though.

    ABC is boring – DWTS is weaker than ever but Castle is remarkably steady. It’s not great numbers at all but its a nice little reliable workhorse for ABC.

    3.1 is still very good for Sleepy Hollow as long as it doesn’t keep dropping and dropping.

  • erwanfromfrance

    Half Hours ? Anybody ? Please, could someone post them ?

  • HalCapone

    @Tommy M.

  • eridapo


    I don’t think so. The worst outcome I see for TB is a 2.1, and that will happen when it airs without the Voice support..

  • KittyKat

    The Voice and Blacklist were both amazing and deserve the big ratings. Scandal needs to watch out because Blacklist is a sure hit!

  • KittyKat

    I meant Castle

  • John A

    Where is rob60990? I miss his comments.

  • Michael1

    If NBC could find a way to sell “The Voice” and “Sunday Night Football” into syndication, they’d be in great shape.

  • Saba

    I wonder how many people at NBC are drinking ie drunk right now, cant wait to see the ratings for the voice/chicago fire tonight

  • Linda

    Totally enjoyed The Black List, a very exciting show! Glad it did so well.

  • bluejays

    @CRimTV – I agree about 2BG’s but also that CBS messed up the chances of HFO and also Mike and Molly. They couldn’t help what happened to Men when it went into meltdown and actually Mike and Molly and HFO held up pretty well considering. Then when Men came back the following year Mike and Molly did very well again (holding up really good against the biggest half hour of The Voice) 2BG’s debuted well and HFO was the top ten pm show. So what do CBS go and do?

    Do they give their Monday night a little stability after the fall out of the previous year when Men went off air? Did they heck. They moved Men.

    Now Mike and Molly is filler, 2bG’s is probably gone in another two seasons and HFO and a very lucrative syndication deal are likely gone this year or next. Terrible, awful decision that exec made. They’ll pay for it a long time.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Who exactly are these people who are being counted in the Broadcast ratings?

    They track the viewing habits of everyone in the US with the last name of Nielsen….

    ;-) :-)

    Tommy M.
    Also periods get placed inside parenthesis.

    (The period goes outside, unless the entire sentence is within parentheses.)

  • Carl

    I’m surprised at the surprise people here are having that Blacklist did much better than Hostages. Blacklist clearly looked like the more interesting show based on the previews. Hostages just seems like a higher stakes version of last year’s bomb, The Mob Doctor.

  • Ultima

    since the 10pm timeslot basically becomes an 11 pm timeslot until football is over.

    The Mentalist only aired after a national doubleheader four times last season. CBS has national overruns up to three times in March/April for March Madness and The Masters.

  • GreenBob

    LOL, at all those who thought The Voice would crash with 3.5-3.7(maybe that was some people on stuff rather than actual thought)!

    Now the trouble I think is when the Live round shows began, those may fall below 2.8 towards the end of the season.

    They need to some how incorporate the Spinning,Turning-Chairs into the Live round.

  • Ultima

    In fact in the pilot, one of the characters mentions that they could be solving mysteries together for 7 years (Hint Hint)

    I had to laugh at that line.

    Would have been better if they said it would take six years and lead up to a climactic showdown! ;)

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Tommy M. I love this time of year..Sure delusion runs rampant, but it makes my day go by so fast!

    Is it Friday already? Just you wait (and then we’ll see).

  • Stylish

    Too bad about Hostages. People really seem to have it in for this show but I thought it was pretty good. I think its mix of crime, suspense, and family drama might’ve really taken it somewhere interesting. Blacklist was utter drivel and I don’t believe for one single minute that Sleepy Hollow is going to last. There’s plenty of time for things to go down for it and Blacklist.

  • Ultima

    What about Reckless ? Maybe CBS could replace Hostages by it.

    It’s usually a very bad idea to replace one new show with another new show as a reactionary measure in the fall.

    I think CBS actually did this a few years ago with their Tuesday 10pm timeslot (so before The Good Wife). The replacement predictably bombed and by midseason all they had left for the timeslot was repeats and 48 Hours for the rest of the season.

  • Dan

    Is that CBS lowest rated in season drama debut not in Fridays?

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