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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  • Dennis

    Awesome for THE VOICE :D

    Awesome for Sleepy Hollow

    …The Blacklist…hmm…Good first rating, but it will go down like Revolution

  • Sarah

    Bones :( Hopefully, it gets adjusted up.

  • CrimTV

    CBS made a mistake screwing with their Monday schedule two years ago and moving TAAHM to Thursdays. Now a potential hit, 2 Broke Girls looks as though it will end after just 4-5 Seasons

  • Kissan

    Whoa. Hostages premiered terribly. And with all that promotion CBS was giving to it this summer. Blacklist premiered good but wow it lost a whole point from The Voice. Anybody who said The Voice was gonna premiere down go kick rocks somewhere cause you were wrong. Incredible for Sleepy Hollow, it’s good that it can hold itself up against the CBS comedies, DWTS and The Voice and still have over a 3.0 with a 2.0 lead in.




  • Hobbitual

    Glad to see Sleepy Hollow held up well. Doesn’t look good for Hostages.

  • One

    So, who didn’t see the Hostages bomb coming? Seriously, not only off-brand, but also stupid. And a horrible ad campaign.

  • Alex

    3.1 is still damn good against actual competition this week.

  • One @ CrimTV

    Y’know what they say, Crim – hindsight is 20/20. Also, who’s to say that 2.5 Men would still have any potency if it were left alone? I think it’s a catch-22 they were in.

  • Mon

    No renewal for Hostages, then the story wouldn’t have to be dragged longer than it should. 2 Broke Girls and Mom did ok. CBS must be shocked at how low Hostages is that they are fine with these comedies. HIMYM did excellent.

  • steve

    Disappointing the blacklist didnt go above a 4. Itll probable be adjusted down to a 3.7 in finals & the voice up to a 5. Hopefully blacklist doesnt drop too far as i loved it

  • Josh

    One ratings point doesn’t make a season. 2 Broke Girls with a 2.8 rating is just fine… it is also season 3 so it is guaranteed renewal this year. For a show no one thought would make it past season 1, to get to Season 4 or Season 5 (or longer) would be considered a great success for CBS. Love that show.

  • Doug

    Whoa DWTS saw a big tumble from last week…

  • John A

    Terrible for Hostages. Quite a nosedive for The Blacklist at the half hour.

  • One @ CrimTV

    Also, in what world was 2 Broke Girls a “potential” hit beyond the first season? All the vagina jokes get boring in a hurry. (unlike extreme violence, apparently)

  • Hubert R.

    WHY ISN’T HIMYM BROKEDOWN IN THE TABLE, it had aired 2 episodes for God’s sake

  • Peter

    That’s a great number for The Blacklist. The pilot also is getting great reviews from viewers online. It’s faarrrrr better than Revolutions pilot.

  • One @ John A

    I haven’t seen any half-hour breakdowns yet. Where did you get that from?

  • Cyrax86

    Yay new season indeed and how funny that Castle beat the successor to H5-0!

  • Nick

    Black List was the best pilot I’ve seen in a long, long time. Kind of disappointed by its rating.

  • CrimTV


    It’s ratings in the first season suggested it could be a hit if they nurtured the show like Modern Family. MF wasn’t a huge breakout hit to start off with but grew to the numbers it has now and the past few seasons.

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