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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Casey

    Glad to be back with the fall season and handicapping the ratings.

    Hostages won’t last. I’m going to reserve judgment on Mom until I’ve seen ratings for the other 3 CBS comedies to debut this season, also until I’ve actually watched the episode. Solid numbers for HIMYM in the final season and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being the second-highest rated sitcom on CBS this year behind Big Bang.

    The numbers for 2 Broke Girls aren’t horrible but they’re not great. They’re hurt in part by the fact that people still remember what Two and a Half Men did in that slot, though there’s no guarantee that it would out perform 2BG in the spot at this point. Part of me says it would but part of me knows that the ratings last year were distorted by being behind Big Bang.

  • Petar

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

    Sorry but no. They will need TBBT reruns when all these single-cams start to bomb. CBS never ever has success with single cam comedies.

    Thursdays will be TBBT-TBBTrerun-TBBTrerun-TAHM

  • CBSviewer

    I’m more and more worried for NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles tonight :(

  • Joe

    Incredibly disappointing performance from CBS all around. Looks like their comedy block just couldn’t handle the competition…

  • Mon

    About the episodes, 2BG was hilarious. Mom was ok. I had high expectations for Hostages pilot but it was dispoointing. If you’ve seen the trailers, that’s pretty much what the pilot was about. 14 more episodes? I’m now thinking twice about watching it all. It’ll be interesting what CBS will do if Hostages dips below 1.5.

  • charmedcraft

    ” the female agent is not. Her acting is wooden. Even her crying scenes are incredulous”

    I felt the same way, her acting was my biggest issue I had with TB. She does not come off as a federal agent at all. She said she was referred to as “mr” and “b**ch” by the other agents, I was expecting a ball buster attitude to warrant those names. She didn’t try and catch any bad guys, she kinda was just standing around.

  • gerry

    haven’t watched hostages yet, plan on doing so tonight. sounds like a difficult premise to carry for multiple seasons, so i’m down with it being one as long as cbs airs the eps. which i imagine it would, because they probably thought it would be more successful and may not having something waiting in the wings to replace it. the next few weeks will tell for sure.

    2BG did fine. not amazing, but ok. curious to see how moms will fare next wk.

    numvbers are about what i figured for voice/blacklist. good for nbc, they were hoping for this to be their breakout hit of the season.

    speaking of, sleepy hollow is holding up nicely.

    that’s a BIG DWTS drop, no?

  • Matthew

    @Deo why are you shocked that a show you like did well? Also I’m sure a lot of fans including myself watched live because wanted to see if Beckett said yes…

    And DWTS is up against TV which is why less people were watching DWTS I think they need to switch Tuesdays and Mondays on ABC because if marvel does well tonight like everyone thinks it’ll be good against the voice as it is already competing with it tonight and DWTS would do better against voice result show which is only an hour

  • Max Vrany

    @Andrew, If networks made scheduling decisions based on avoiding competition, when would they air shows?

    Sunday has football and numerous popular cable shows. Monday has football and the Voice. Tuesday has the Voice and NCIS’s. Wednesday has MF, X-Factor, Survivor, and Criminal Minds. Thursday has BBT, other CBS comedies and football. Friday and Saturday have to low HUT levels to air anything.

    What night has no competition?

  • alexjones

    decent premiere for blacklist but ouch for hostages, that show won’t be lasting long. a bit of a dip for sleepy hollow but still great ratings against such strong competition, FOX are in pretty bad shape right now so it’ll have to drop a lot to be in any danger.


    @ Holly

    What was the 8:00 Fri Show last season on CBS, that was a definite DOA!

  • k:Alex

    I like The Blacklist, some scene’s where too short, but it reminds me of ‘The Dark Knight’, like The Joker, a smart criminal who doesn’t give a crap.

  • Brandon

    Castle did pretty well considering its DWTS lead-in woes, so no real worries there.

    DWTS can’t compete with The Voice.

    2BG will get a 4th season, likely (much to my chagrin. The most unfunny “comedy” I have ever seen) since we’re in year three. Hopefully no more than that.

    What a massive misfire Hostages was. I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty, but even I didn’t predict a 1.8. I figured a 2.0ish. Wow.

  • Deo

    @Matthew, it´s not that I´m shocked, but Castle never beats DWTS in viewers; and I was right, the numbers are corrected:)

  • Alex

    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)…

    I’m really don’t want to discuss retention (because its a meaningless thing) but I will point out that Revolution’s week 1 retention would have been helped by facing no real broadcast competition. Its week 2 retention dropped when competition kicked in on CBS and ABC.

  • CBSviewer

    CSI will continue to be CBS’s #1 10PM Drama :)

  • SJ

    Some people really need to crack open a dictionary before commenting.

    That said…

    NBC had an amazing night. Given the overall demise of reality competition programs, I’m sure they didn’t expect The Voice to rise from both cycles in 2012-2013. And Blacklist opened really well and unlike Smash and Revolution, this is a by-the-book procedural where you can’t really go wrong creatively so I don’t expect it to erode as much as those two did.

    Amazing for Sleepy Hollow. For a show most of us – even myself – predicted would be DOA, it has held up remarkably well in weak 2 against strong competition. Not too great for Bones, however the erosion of The X Factor will save it from moving to Friday.

    Disappointing, but not horrible, for ABC. They just can’t seem to compete on this night so the old, if somewhat tired combination of DWTS and Castle is the best they can do. Although it still has to be less than encouraging that DWTS dipped by a whopping eight tenths of a ratings point vs. last week!

    CBS had a pretty rough night and things are not going to get any better next week when We Are Men premieres and the other shows see usual post-premiere drops. I see TBBT repeats airing at 8:30 by mid-October at the latest and Mike and Molly premiering in the middle of November sweeps. Like Holly said, I can’t remember the last time CBS had a DOA drama on a day that wasn’t Friday.

  • Dan

    Well now we know Hostages is done after 15 episodes.

    Also I expected bigger for Mom and my bet is We Are Men will crash and burn next week.

  • gigi

    halves, anyone? :)

  • loveTV

    great for Castle. This show should be on at 8pm and DWTS at 9pm

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