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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  • One @ Max Vrany

    I disregard Friday shows under the assumption they’re moribund off the bat. I assume Holly did the same.

  • Billy

    CBS Mondays are in big trouble. It will go down even more next week when We Are Men joins the fray. These numbers are really bad for CBS.

  • Deo

    AS much of a Castle fan I am, those numbers can´t be right…no way it had more viewers than DWTS; the rating is better than I was expecting, considering it aired earlier in Canada – even if it probably adjusts down it shouldn´t be less than 2.1 and it´s still good for a 10 p.m. show in its 6th season, I guess.
    About The Blacklist (I still didn´t watch it), true it didn´t beat Revolution but if memory serves me right, when Revolution premiered there wasn´t anything new on ABC and CBS…

  • Donna

    I predict Blacklist to rise the coming weeks while Sleepy Hollow will continue it’s slide. Although I’m a fan of both shows I think Blacklist is far superior in production value and suspense, better acting as well.

    Ouch for Hostages, but very predictable ratigs. It’s pilot was just lacklustre imo. Deleted it immediately from my DVR.

  • Petar


    I think Holly idea was that form many years CBS always has at least 1 fall drama hit over the years. And now zero. Not only that but if amm new comefies are DOA they will need to renew comedy on partners or rob levels.

  • Mon

    Hey CBS get TBBT repeats ready by week 3 for 8:30!

  • Holly

    Yes, I was disregarding Friday shows. I meant to include that.

    I’d argue that Vegas wasn’t DOA. It didn’t have a great premiere, but it wasn’t this horrible.

  • ruckfules55


    The Voice = looks like that Emmy + Xtina’s weight loss / comeback helped!

    Blacklist = Nice! That 0.3 difference with Revolution doesn’t matter much in the big scheme of things if it can have a better hold next week (better chance than Revolution as it’s a procedural). Plus it can still adjust up in the finals

    Fox = Bones & Sleepy Hollow combo did well. If SH holds at high-2s, Fox clearly has to make some interesting decisions after baseball.

    HIMYM = So much for the Mother effect. Looks like viewers didn’t like “the weekend” conceit to finish its run.

    2BG = It’ll definitely be down some more in the following weeks. Is it a bad omen for their Thursday block? If its deterioration continues, CBS should clearly rethink the Thurs@9 comedy block. If Crazy Ones hit, it might be good for them to move either TBBT or that to 2BG’s slot. I don’t think it should anchor Mondays anymore.

    Mom = nothing special, but if it can maintain good retention, it may eke out a back 9 or renewal.

    Hostages = this will clearly be 15 eps and done for CBS. It was a horrible show.

    DWTS = As predicted, The Voice really hurts it.

    Castle = Steady as always.

    As an NBC fanboy, good start for the season. If Chicago Fire builds a good number on the Voice lead-in tomorrow, it and The Blacklist as procedurals will be the main building blocks on NBC’s rise again.

  • One @ Donna

    Predicting a rise for any 10pm show is folly, since shows like Scandal are exceptions that prove the rule.

    I think Sleepy Hollow stabilizes close to a 3.0.

  • Ryan

    The Blacklist actually has worse retention than Revolution did for its premiere. Revolution held 4.1/4.7 or 87% while Blacklist only has 78% (note that Revolution premiered after week two of the Voice last year, when the Voice went up to 4.7).

    This doesn’t mean Blacklist isn’t a huge success because it is so far. But it will be worrisome to see if it declines given that retention. Revolution certainly had that problem by the end.

    Disappointing for Mom, but CBS comedy numbers fluctuate a lot so it will probably rise alongside 2 Broke Girls.

  • TP

    terrible start for CBS.. it looks like the voice destroyed cbs’s comedy block (except of course of the last season of HIMYM premiere) giving terrible ratings for 2 broke girls, mom and hostages..

    i don’t remember partner’s premiere ratings from last year but i guess it was similar to mom’s?

    I guess we are men will also bomb next week, cbs will soon replace it with Mike&Molly! Hostages will probably stay until midseason to get canceled..

    SH is a real winner! terrific news for FOX!

  • Peter

    @John A, a 3.5 demo at the half hour is pretty good so far. It’s not like Smash which had a titanic collapse from the 1st half hour. Plus, The Blacklist is older skewing.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Petar – You realize that “best” is subjective, right?

    I’m shocked by how low Mom and especially Hostages premiered. I really liked Mom (but it needs more Allison Janney), and I thought Hostages would be right in CBS’s wheelhouse with that cast and concept.

    And for everyone claiming The Blacklist is “disappointing” because it didn’t crack a 4.0 is being ridiculous.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Petar

    I think partners premiere was 2.5 too but not sure in that

    Partners premiered with a 2.4.

  • oink

    Lucky 7 will be DOA tonight

  • Alex

    Excellent night for NBC. The Voice start bigger than both cycles last year couldn’t be better news for them (although might we see a 5+ in the final?) and The Blacklist off to a great start. It might be down on Revolution’s debut but worth remembering Revolution debuted a week earlier before competition kicked in. Its second week scored a 3.4 and The Blacklist is up on that and I’d lean toward saying Blacklist will hold up better than Revolution ultimately did.

    Fox had a mixed night. We got a prime example of why they’re ready to ship Bones off to Friday night with it failing to crack a 2 in week two. Sleepy Hollow meanwhile held up well keeping its head above a 3. Fox seem to have be benefiting from CBS’ collapse on Monday night. Speaking of…

    CBS had a pretty poor night. How I Met Your Mother (which ends this year) was the one bright spot for them. They’ve gambled big on 2 Broke Girls breaking out and it hasn’t worked for them. Not only has it not worked it seems as if 2 Broke Girls is going to drag the rest of the night down with them. That’s a surprisingly bad return for it and a really poor debut for Mom. And Hostages is just DOA. The question is does CBS keep Hostages there or ship it off to Friday night and bring Five-0 (or something else) to Monday for the rest of the Fall? I’m somewhat disappointed Hostages didn’t start better though. It was at least something different for CBS and they should really be applauded for trying. Of course things only get worse next week when We Are Men bows.

    A mixed night for ABC. Dancing with the Stars down big week-on-week as expected but we’ll see how it holds over the course of the season. Castle returns OK and continues to just chug along. Its not a great night for them but it could be a whole lot worse and as long as both shows keep their head above a 2 for the season ABC have every reason to be happy. Not happy enough that they should stick with this line-up next year of course but happy none the less.

  • CrimeDawg

    Well that is some great news for NBC. I thought The Blacklist was very good, already looking forward to next week’s episode.

  • Greg Eckes

    NBC is the big winner of the night. But of course the biggest test of a new program is its retaining power the next week.

    ABC finishes second. Nothing above the norm for them.

    CBS….. their decade of dominance is starting to come to an end, I think

  • One @ Petar (Part 1) and Holly (Part 2)

    Part 1
    While it is true that CBS is going to strike out on the drama front this season, this is also the fewest dramas they’ve ever ordered. Also, Elementary was one heck of a stretch last season, at least for my money.

    Part 2
    The 2.5 in the context of the rest of their premiere week made it DOA from where I sit. Not to mention that, based on quality, you knew there was no way it was going to sustain w/in half a point of that number (which, based on Elementary, might’ve allowed it to squeak in under the gun).


    Aside from 2BG & Moms, CBS equalled last season’s stats (flat) & should be cause for alarm, but one week does not a season make

    ABC’s drop seems more severe from 8-10 & Castle is Castle

    FOX may be maintaining, but NBC should have bragging rights (4 now)

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