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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  • Paul DeCroix

    CBS needs a live TV reality show to compete with “DWTS” and powerhouse “The Voice”. People like live TV with singing & dancing!

  • Ultima

    Just because it’s a simple feel-good reality show does not mean that everyone who watches it is dumb!


    The primary goal for most shows is to be entertaining, not intellectually stimulating.

    That’s not to say that people don’t enjoy a critically acclaimed drama that demands your full attention and makes you think from time to time, but after full day of work (which is hopefully where you get your intellectual stimulation), many people just want to be entertained. Especially if they have a family and cannot devote their full attention to what they’re watching.

  • loveTV

    @lostboy @Deo
    Final Castle ratings “After the storm” (5×01) 2.1 and 10.5 mill

  • rob60990

    I was gonna wait until the finals to comment but I guess they won’t be posted tonight for whatever reason.

    NBC had a terrific night. The Blacklist started really well. Even though it premiered a bit lower than Revolution in the demo, that shouldn’t matter. If people liked the show they’ll stick around which they didn’t with Revolution. I don’t know why people like The Voice but whatever. Can’t deny those are very strong numbers.

    ABC had an average night. DWTS fell pretty hard against The Voice but it’s still an ok rating. It’s no longer a monster but it will be around at least a couple more years. Castle had solid ratings last night up from last year’s premiere.

    FOX had a mixed night. Bones is already below a 2.0. Sleepy Hollow didn’t have the week to week drop most fools here were expecting.

    And CBS. While being 2nd may look good, you can’t deny those ratings after HIMYM stink. The only reason why they were 2nd was because HIMYM was an hour. Wait until that awful We Are Men premieres. Their ratings are going to be ugly. I guess that CBS fanboy who was predicting huge ratings for their shows is hiding somewhere in tears.

  • Greg

    I thought that Hostages was actually good and that Mom showed some promise. Keep in mind that TBBT grew in audience over time. With Hostages being only 15 episodes, I would think that CBS would just keep it there as long as it doesn’t drop below H5O’s numbers last year.

    People mention that 2BG should have been nurtured more before placing it in the anchor slot. I guess with TAAHM’s renewal being up in the air due to salaries, CBS had to prepare for a future without TAAHM.

    I have a feeling that this year’s C3 numbers are going to really play a big part in determining a show’s success.

  • Ultima

    Apparently, CBS is developing another two-hour NCIS backdoor pilot set New Orleans.

    NCIS: NO

    The jokes write themselves. ;)

  • Tim

    A test pattern is more intellectually stimulating than reality TV.

  • Networkman

    I wonder how The Voice will do tonight up against S.H.I.E.L.D and NCIS. 2 more hours of The Voice this week seems like overkill. I would be shocked if it held up and garnered 4.0 or higher against the highly anticipated Marvel action series. I think it all depends on how its second hour performs.

    Also I’m wishing much success for Person of Interest in its new slot. With Hostages premiere underwhelming, CBS will be looking for a bright spot in the 10pm hour.

  • Ultima

    I have a feeling that this year’s C3 numbers are going to really play a big part in determining a show’s success.

    Do you have any more predictions? Perhaps the sun will continue to rise in the east?

    The C3 ratings are the only ones that ever matter. However, since we don’t see those numbers, we use Live+SD, which is usually good enough for making predictions.

  • Ultima

    2 more hours of The Voice this week seems like overkill.

    They’re just being smart and trying to avoid SHIELD…

    FOX – premiered their lineup a week early

    NBC – premiering The Biggest Loser on week 3

    CW – premiering The Originals on Thursday and moving it to Tuesday week 3

    CBS – premiering head-to-head, and why not, NCIS is #1!

  • Petar


    I agree. Fox look like they can win big with these sci fi Mondays. I think they make big change with the cast this year. sleepy hollow although unknown actors but has chamistry.(but man is questionable…need to do more) and Karl urban&michael elay are easy win. Good old X files days all over again. Great draw for the young viewers. Expect sleepy hollow to take at least 20 episode order. No more female lead experiment on fox.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Ultima

    Thank you. It seems as if they are about to come in.

  • 728huey

    Holy crap!!! at NBC with the monster numbers for The Voice and awesome numbers for The Blacklist. If Idol hadn’t already passed its crown to The Voice after the end of last season, it has definitely passed it now. As for The Blacklist, I’m somewhat disappointed it didn’t draw a higher number than it did, though I’m sure NBC execs are quite thrilled today.

    Holy crap!!! at FOX for Sleepy Hollow. It looks like they have another bonafide hit on their hands, which they need desperately.

    Holy crap!!! at CBS! Hostages was a huge dud, and 2BG definitely was a disappointment. Mom wasn’t very awesome for them either, but they are going to take a huge hit when We Are Men crashes and burns next week. CBS better hope it doesn’t take the rest of the lineup down with it.

  • Petar

    @Also I’m wishing much success for Person of Interest in its new slot. With Hostages premiere underwhelming, CBS will be looking for a bright spot in the 10pm hour.

    Networkman, i guess you are fan of two man lead action show like i am. POI is best so far for me and after PRISM&NSA surveillance scandal and revelations should be even bigger. I mean how many othershows get free advertisment on network news, magazines like TIME??? And although jim caviezel&michael emerson are best two man lead(in my opinion) they are not big draw to younger viewrs(that is why i won’t be surprise if Urban&Elay are bigger draw for youngers like two man leads). With youngers i mean teens. I guess that is why producers add Shaw. jim caviezel is huge draw more for midle age people(i guess teens not watch some of great films with jim). If i was POI showrunner i will name the machine now PRISM. ps I hear they will use edward snowden name but not know how. But even with premiere of season 3 episode – Liberty we het what will be storyline in seaosn 3.

  • Networkman

    @Ultima, I really hope that NCIS:NO does not get picked up just as Red didn’t make the cut. CBS needs more innovating dramas that will now appeal more to the younger demographics.

  • Dan

    Here’s the deal with Hostages, its CBS’s only fall drama and they’ve already called it a limited event of 15 episodes. Its premiere was only OK, enough to let it last all 15 episodes but not well enough to give it another season. Who knows if all 15 episodes will air but my guess is probably.

  • Fake Me Out


    Apparently, CBS is developing another two-hour NCIS backdoor pilot set New Orleans.

    Yes & no, it’s set 50 years in the future and it’s called NCIS: Denver … after the ice caps melt and Denver becomes a port city. :-)

    PS: Yes, I know I used a similar joke last year but gold is gold baby!

  • Dorothy5334


    You’ve been killing it with your posts. Especially the ones when you correct posters who get things wrong, when they think they know it all.. ????????????

  • Dorothy5334

    Just to clarify my emojis turned to question marks instead..:-(

  • Iostboy

    I think I said 2.1 for Castle finale.

    I watched both the Blacklist and Hostages tonight. WoW Hostages was not good. Blacklist was very Hannibal/Alias plot, very predictable. I don’t rally care for Spader, however he is a very good actor. I am not sure how realistic Blacklist is, I guess if I want realism I could watch reality tv NEVER. I will record Blacklist and give it 4 more episodes. The chic FBI agent/daughter needs some acting lessons, maybe she went to the same drama class as Charlie on Revolution.

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