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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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.

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  • Josh

    That is horrible for Hostages…I actually watched the entire episode from beginning to end and thought it was phenomenal….Hopefully more people catch on and it gets a good following…or this may be the show that I get into and it gets axed…time will tell.

  • CoffeeSteve

    Despite better competition Sleepy Hollow still did very good, Great Show

  • ivan

    where are the finals

  • diegodaily

    I only wanna say one thing: 2 Broke Girls’ season premiere episode is called ‘And the Soft Opening’.

  • diegodaily

    @Dan Last year ‘Golden Boy’ already posted a 1.8, but with way more viewers.

  • diegodaily

    @Dan Golden Boy exactly notched a 1.8/5 and 10.56m viewers.

  • Ultima

    Until 1960, Nielsen ratings were based on the percentage of homes with TV sets tuning-in.

    Interesting (if true). I guess only having shares and not the actual ratings would explain why anything pre-1960 is excluded from the top ratings list (the exclusion for viewership/households is obvious).

  • CBSviewer

    @ Ultima

    CBS won’t keep Hostages on the air if the ratings fall next week.
    My question is: what will replace it ? Repeats ? Intelligence ?
    In your previous comment you talked about 48 Hours.

  • Little Tim

    Can’t wait for S.H.I.E.L.D, The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife tonight. Gonna be a fun night on ABC for me. :)

  • Ultima

    The only surprising thing about The Voice’s continuing success is that people still seem captivated by it even though not a single winner has broken through in a major way.

    What does the post-show success of the winners have to do with whether or not the show is entertaining?

  • diegodaily

    @Bill Gorman The CBS has a big problem. Its old series are making good ratings, but the network can’t make a new series to rise. Last year, only ‘Elementary’ got a renewal. And this year, with ‘Hostages’ and ‘Mom’, its the same. I trust on the new Thursday comedies, but with a lead-in like ‘TBBT’ everyone can easily get a second season (except the critically panned ‘Rob’ two seasons ago and ‘S*it My Dad Says’ three seasons ago).

  • Adien

    Mom was funny and held on to TBG ratings or most of it. It was be cancelled so quickly…..

  • Dan

    I think CBS should just air Hostages 15 eps and then cancel it

  • Jules

    Blacklist without The Voice = Revolution

  • ToXiX

    Very disappointed in Mom’s premiere ratings.

    Like many are saying, CBS should have never moved 2.5 Men. I honestly think 2 Broke Girls should have been moved behind TBBT last year instead. But then again, there’s no telling how low Men would have fell if it was left on Mondays.

    CBS will be in danger when HIMYM ends, but I think Mike & Molly can be moved to 8pm and start off the night.

    We Are Men may not flop as bad as expected considering Moms numbers and especially Hostages numbers. We are men will be above a 2.0 at least.

    The Crazy Ones will probably do very well, but I’m not sure about The Millers.

  • Tommy M.

    @ AllOfHerTw!st,

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

    I don’t need to wait till Friday to know that we have a better chance at being invaded by aliens before a comedy on NBC will get a 6.0.

  • William

    Looks like Hostages took a beat down for last place, The voice was entertaining, Sleepy Hollow was ok last week was better.

  • Tony JJ

    NBC: I knew The Voice would get a 5.0 (most likely will be adjusted up to a 5.0 in the finals). NBC has to be happy. The Blacklist not as big as Revolution, but it makes sense, Blacklist seems to skew older than Revolution. Overall NBC has to be happy.

    ABC: DWTS dropped hard like expected. Castle decent, can’t complain, solid performer, a new show would’ve done worse.

    CBS: HIMYM premiered very good. 2 Broke Girls disappointed. Great episode, but with a 3.7 lead-in should have gotten at least a 3.0. Mom did good considering it’s lead in. But next week will be disastrous, when I expect We are me to premiere no more than a 2.2 and completely bomb. That won’t help 2 broke girls or Mom. We are men should’ve never gotten picked up and Mom should’ve got the post HIMYM slot, which would definitely have helped Mom and 2BG. Mike and Molly will be back in no time. Hostages, critics slammed it, but I liked it, it has a lot of potential. I may be the only one.

    FOX: Bones. no comment. Sleepy Hollow help up extraordinarily well against competition. Will FOX order more episodes?

  • Ultima

    CBS won’t keep Hostages on the air if the ratings fall next week.
    My question is: what will replace it ? Repeats ? Intelligence ?

    Repeats initially (and during the holidays); either dramas or an hour of sitcom repeats anchored by The Big Bang Theory.

    They also have six episodes of Unforgettable left, which I think would be a more likely solution than moving other shows around.

    Intelligence likely won’t premiere before early January (it’s currently scheduled for late February).

    In your previous comment you talked about 48 Hours.

    In the past, CBS has thrown the occasional episode of 48 Hours on during the week in dead timeslots, but it’s been a while since they’ve done that except for summer.

  • Ultima

    with a lead-in like ‘TBBT’ everyone can easily get a second season

    Except for $#*! My Dad Says, How to be a Gentleman and Rob, the only three freshman series to air after The Big Bang Theory! :roll:

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