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.


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.

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  • C.S.Strowbridge

    I honestly forgot the new season started.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Ultima

    Thanks ! I forgot Unforgettable :)

  • CBSviewer

    * but I don’t think it will do any better.

  • Cara

    Hostages was amazing and thrilling, keeping the audience guessing throughout the entire episode!

  • TViewer

    Why do people seem to find away to “justify” NBC’s success and downplay it as nothing?

  • Tony JJ


    I can’t speak for anyone else. But for me. The problem with NBC’s success is the only have success with the voice. Wednesdays suck Thursdays suck and nothing else really rates well except the voice and football and the voice inflated shows. We’ll see if Michael j Fox can rate well and how revolution can do on its own. Ironsides is destined to be DOA. I’d even guess lower than Hostages.

  • Survivor Fan

    Is Nielsen having a problem, as we do not yet have Sunday finals? Will Monday’s be available tonight?


    If I were CBS I think the millers is going to bomb. They should move 2 broke girls out of bbt. Bring back mike and Molly to anchor Monday’s at 9pm leading into mom. I think broke girls needs more nurturing. Also I will say the voice did stellar it has an Emmy, industry darling and fun show. It will never be the pop culture icon idol was in its earlier seasons or find a Kelly or Carrie. IMO fox do the right thing reunite randy-Paula-Simon for an idol season. It makes crazy sense. Sleepy hollow did excellent. Considering it barely dropped half hour to half hour and kept same demo. A full season renewal is coming.

  • Deo


    If I saw your post correctly, you say the premiere of Castle on 09/24/12 was 2.5 for demo and 11.38 m. I don´t know where you checked, but the demo was 2.1 and I can´t remember the exact number for viewers, but I´m sure it was less than 11 m.

  • SJ


    Well, for a singing competition to remain popular, common sense says its winners have to register on the Top 40, at least for a while. I mean, Idol was the #1 show for so many years and most of its winners at least managed to make an impact on the music market within the first 6 months after winning the show. The X Factor, on the other hand, has bad ratings and its winners don’t register at all. All of which makes sense.

    The Voice is the only show that, despite not having produced a marketable star yet, is still a hugely popular show. It’s just… odd. And it makes you wonder how committed its “fans” really are if they’re not willing to support the winning act after the competition is over.

  • Networkman

    I’m really concerned about CBS on Monday night. The network has to be worried that their #1 comedy on this night, HIMYM, is in its last season. Furthermore, I’m expecting more of a collapse once We Are Men joins the lineup. That show has the potential to pull everything down.

    Also, I’m disappointed that Hostages did not perform better because it was a really entertaining and intense show. I really liked Dylan in his role. Regardless of if it is old skewing, I don’t know why more viewers wouldn’t have tuned in to at least watch the premiere. I’m expecting great things from Toni Collette as well. She is a well known Oscar nominated actress from The Sixth Sense and an Emmy Winner from United States of Tara. I guess CBS wish they had Under the Dome still on.

  • Holly


    But I’m not sure the appeal of The Voice lays in the contestants. The judges’ banter seems to be a bigger pull (and more of the focus of the advertising and entertainment stories).

  • Tim

    Sleepy Hollow held up well, considering that everyone in America with an IQ 75 and lower was watching “The Voice”.

  • CrimTV

    Sleepy Hollow held up well, considering that everyone in America with an IQ 75 and lower was watching “The Voice”.

    I feel hatred towards people who feel this. Just because it’s a simple feel-good reality show does not mean that everyone who watches it is dumb!

  • Ultima

    @Survivor Fan
    Is Nielsen having a problem

    Yes, there was a post on it earlier. Sunday finals and weekly ratings won’t be available until after 7pm.

  • Networkman

    @SJ, I’ll agree with you that The Voice’s increase is a bit odd. Are people truly excited just to see Christina Aguilera and Cee-lo return? I expected it to get a 4.2-4.5. Either it would have been the same as last season or slightly up. But for it to be higher than last spring’s edition is mind blowing. Did its Emmy win make an impact?

    Anyways, Sleepy Hollow held up nicely against The Voice and 2 Broke Girls. I love that it actually came in second during the hour. FOX needs successful scripted programming. And it is good for viewers to see new creative dramas fare well. FOX has to be truly happy. And I feel Almost Human will help strengthen its Monday night lineup even more.

  • Ultima

    Well, for a singing competition to remain popular, common sense says its winners have to register on the Top 40, at least for a while

    Maybe people just like the spinning chairs and interaction between the judges. It’s great if you have superstar talent, but if it’s not fun to watch, people won’t tune in three hours a week.

  • Tim

    Reality TV is designed for people to whom things like plot and character development are too complex.

  • jake3988

    Looks like CBS is coming back to earth (HIMYM not withstanding).

    2bg and mom were both decent but nothing great and hostages… ouch.

  • Katherine

    Tim, I’m not a reality tv watcher, but if you don’t think plot and character development happen in that format you are kidding yourself.

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