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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  • jRobnyc

    I meant to say “Mom”. Oops. Sorry.

  • Nick

    I take that back – its total viewers number is incredible. Older skewing is expected, considering James Spader is the lead. Regardless, this could be the drama hit NBC is looking for.

  • Holly

    NBC is busting out the champagne this morning. Great numbers for them. Even if there was some Voice overrun and Blacklist drops a tenth or two, it’s still a solid win for them.

    FOX is also happy. Sleepy Hollow fell in its second week, but not by much really. Bones is a bit less happy falling below a 2, but against premieres did OK

    I’m not sure ABC could have expected much more out of Dancing and Castle did well against the new competition.

    CBS is NOT happy this morning. Hostages is DOA. When was the last time CBS had a DOA drama premiere in the fall? 2 Broke Girls continues to prove that it’s not anchor material, and Mom’s premiere was disappointing at best. On the other hand, Mother did well…

  • Matthew

    Castle was amazing last night… Love addition of Lisa Edelstein

  • s0303

    still good for sleepy hollow considering how low bones was…

    good for the voice and blacklist…i’m shocked blacklist more than doubled hostages…

  • tvwatcher

    Monday nights this Fall are going to be great! Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Blacklist. Such a great night to begin the week with! :)

  • One @ Petar

    The Spotvault at Spotted Ratings should have that number.

  • Kissan

    And this shows that people will never get tired of The Voice. DWTS went down a lot as usual. HIMYM didn’t even hit a 4 for the highly anticapated premiere. 2 Broke Girls dissapoints and just watch next week when We Are Men premieres. Mom has good retention from 2BG and if 2BG hit a 3.5 or something Mom could’ve easily hit over a 3.0 as well. Terrific for Castle and Sleepy Hollow and good for Blacklist although I’m shocked it lost a point from The Voice. Hostages……wow.

  • Samunto

    Ok, i had really hoped that The Blacklist premieres above a 4. But still very impressive ratings for a 10pm show.

    Awesome for The Voice. Such a fun episode. Even Xtina seems all fresh and energetic to be back.

    CBS is very sad today.

  • JayZ

    i feel like Hostages can’t last much longer . pilot episode was eh . Sleepy Hollow great yet again! blacklist was very good too !!! disappointed in ratings for mom & 2 broke girls . they both had great episodes

  • One @ Holly

    I’d argue that Vegas was DOA last year. Certainly, a 2.5 off the bat did not forebode good things for that one.

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  • RyanCanada

    im shocked, i thought The BlackList were to have floped and Hostages would have done really well, MOM and 2BG were hilarious, loved Bones and Sleepy Hollow too.

  • Max Vrany

    @Holly/One, Made In Jersey was definitely DOA last year.

  • Oliver

    Woah, Mom/Hostages bombed.

    Huge for The Blacklist and The Voice

  • Cyrax86

    @Holly, I’m assuming you mean non-Friday CBS dramas because two Friday dramas were DOA in the the previous two seasons.

  • One @ RyanCanada

    All I can say to that is that you were probably the only one. Most of the respondants to spotupj’s The Question took Blacklist by at least 0.6 over Hostages.

  • I Love TV!

    Good for FOX! Kinda shocked @ CBS’ programming falling that hard….. Dancing with the Stars….. Just LOL

  • Andrew

    The head of ABC needs to realize that ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cannot compete against ‘The Voice’ any longer. That is why the ‘All-Stars’ season did not do very well. When it premiered it was airing on a night when ‘The Voice’ already premiered. The season 16 and 17 premieres debuted strong because they aired a week before ‘The Voice’ but their ratings declined after ‘The Voice’ aired. They need to find a new night and time-slot for the show to air.

  • Wright

    I LOVE Sleepy Hollow. Hostages was good. The Blacklist and The Voice are still on my DVR. Bones was good.

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