TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice', 'How I Met Your Mother' & 'Mom' Down, Slight Dips For 'Sleepy Hollow' & 'The Blacklist', 'We Are Men' Debuts Low, 'Bones' Up

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October 1st, 2013

The Blacklist Episode 2

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.3/12 2.6/7 2.1/6 2.1/6 1.3/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/10 2.0/6 1.5/5 1.6/5 1.2/4 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 13.461 7.497 12.157 6.773 3.407 1.148

Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Dolphins/Saints) was simulcast on the CW affiliate in Miami and the NBC affiliate in New Orleans. As a result, NBC and 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 earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 10 percent from last week's 5.1 adults 18-49 rating. The Blacklist  garnered a 3.6 down 5 percent from last week’s 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were a tad pessimistic.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother scored a 3.1 adults 18-49 premiere rating down 16 percent from a 3.7 for last week’s one hour premiere.  The series premiere of We Are Men notched a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating down 17 percent from a 2.4 for last season’s premiere of Partners on September 24, 201 and ranking as CBS's lowest rated in season conedy debut ever2. 2 Broke Girls tied its series low with a 2.4 down 14 percent from last week’s 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Mom garnered a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating down 12 percent from a 2.5 for last week’s premiere. Hostages earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 17 percent from a 1.8 for last week’s premiere.

On FOX, Bones scored a 2.2 up 16 percent from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 premiere rating. Sleepy Hollow garnered a 3.0 down 3 percent from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On ABC,  Dancing With the Stars earned a 2.0 down 13 percent from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating . Castle notched  a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On the CW, the iHeartRadio Music Festival scored a 0.4 down 33 percent from a 0.6 on October 1, 2012.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, September 30, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rtg/Shr Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC The Voice (8-10PM) 4.6/13  14.15
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.1/9 7.73
FOX Bones 2.2/6 7.07
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) 2.0/5  12.81
CW iHeart Radio Music Festival Night 1 (8-10PM) 0.4/1  1.05
8:30 CBS We Are Men - Series Premiere 2.0/5 6.40
9:00 FOX Sleepy Hollow 3.0/8 7.93
CBS 2 Broke Girls 2.4/6 7.59
9:30 CBS Mom 2.2/5 6.93
10:00 NBC The Blacklist 3.6/10  12.08
ABC Castle 2.2/6  10.9
CBS Hostages 1.5/4  5.99


In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.5/4 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.

  • Debra

    @Ted Craig.

    OMG I couldn’t agree more with you about the CBS executives and cable.
    CM is my absolute favorite show. No other show even comes close.
    I won’t be the least bit surprised if this week’s rating are lower than last week’s.

    I honestly feel like sending them feedback asking them “What you guys don’t have enough failing dramas on your hands, that you want to sabotage one of your more successful dramas.

    Ok I do give them credit for allowing CM to remain in the same time period where it’s been doing pretty well, but that’s about it.

  • Guardian Owl

    Kansas City Affiliate was blacked out for the last half of Bones and Sleepy Hollow if that makes any ratings difference.

  • avstylez

    I gotta say the Monday competition is hot this year..Hostages is such a good show but the idea of it, i don’t see how can it be serialized and be successful.I think CBS should bring Hawaii Five-0 back to Mondays..#Glad Castle is doing good.

  • E.S.

    I thought those CW numbers looked inflated for what they’re airing.

  • josh

    No my HIMYM droped

  • C

    decided to look at sleepy hollow one more time and now decided to look at it again. The police girl knows how to act and is blazing it and it makes everybody else acting on there come together and should make them better, too. The effects on there are blazing, too, really good, so it was good to see all that showing this show is really something. I liked the episode so much that it stayed on my mind even though afterward, I was going to see blacklist, but decided to keep the vibe I was feeling from sleepy hollow and watch black list streaming.

  • Greg

    So far, NBC and Fox have gained massive amounts of ground.

    Tonight, we will if ABC can do the same with AOS.

    CBS is in a bit of trouble.


    8:00 p.m.

    ABC – Dancing With the Stars
    Viewers: 12.39 million (#1), A18-49: 2.0/ 6 (#4)

    CBS – How I Met Your Mother
    Viewers: 7.73 million (#3), A18-49: 3.1/ 9 (#2)

    NBC – The Voice
    Viewers: 12.14 million (#2), A18-49: 3.8/11 (#1)

    Fox – Bones
    Viewers: 6.92 million (#4), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#3)

    CW – The iHeart Radio Radio Music Festival
    Viewers: 1.22 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


    8:30 p.m.

    ABC – Dancing With the Stars
    Viewers: 12.66 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 5 (#3t)

    CBS – We Are Men (series premiere)
    Viewers: 6.40 million (#4), A18-49: 2.0/ 5 (#3t)

    NBC – The Voice
    Viewers: 13.75 million (#1), A18-49: 4.5/12 (#1)

    Fox – Bones
    Viewers: 7.21 million (#3), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#2)

    CW – The iHeart Radio Radio Music Festival
    Viewers: 1.16 million (#5), A18-49: 0.4/ 1 (#5)


    9:00 p.m.

    ABC – Dancing With the Stars
    Viewers: 13.35 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 5 (#4)

    CBS – 2 Broke Girls
    Viewers: 7.59 million (#4), A18-49: 2.4/ 6 (#3)

    NBC – The Voice
    Viewers: 15.15 million (#1), A18-49: 5.0/13 (#1)

    Fox – Sleepy Hollow
    Viewers: 7.80 million (#3), A18-49: 2.9/ 8 (#2)

    CW – The iHeart Radio Radio Music Festival
    Viewers: 900,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – Dancing With the Stars
    Viewers: 12.82 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 5 (#4)

    CBS – Mom
    Viewers: 6.93 million (#4), A18-49: 2.2/ 5 (#3)

    NBC – The Voice
    Viewers: 15.56 million (#1), A18-49: 5.2/13 (#1)

    Fox – Sleepy Hollow
    Viewers: 8.05 million (#3), A18-49: 3.0/ 8 (#2)

    CW – The iHeart Radio Radio Music Festival
    Viewers: 928,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)


    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Castle
    Viewers: 11.21 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#2)

    CBS – Hostages
    Viewers: 6.24 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 4 (#3)

    NBC – The Blacklist
    Viewers: 12.90 million (#1), A18-49: 3.8/10 (#1)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Castle
    Viewers: 10.51 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 6 (#2)

    CBS – Hostages
    Viewers: 5.75 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

    NBC – The Blacklist
    Viewers: 11.26 million (#1), A18-49: 3.3/ 9 (#1)

    Source: Nielsen Media Research data
    Wowsa on sleepy hollow it built half hour to half hour. So fox when is the renewed happening. Btw credit for these ratings go to mark Berman.

  • max

    A small point, but Bones s. 9 premiere got a 2.3 not a 1.9 as noted in your summary.

  • Tom

    “Your predictions were a tad pessimistic.”

    Mine was. For now. But, Ep. #2 was as implausible as the pilot, so give it time. Blacklist is based on a shaky premise and Spader eventually will begin to grate on viewers with his grandstanding.

  • Alex

    Sleepy Hollow and Blacklist continue to do great, the only network shows I watch on Monday. Good deal!

  • Theisssuesarenow

    No . Bbt should not spinoff Amy! She’s needed! I can’t see how that ensemble is broken up. Amy didn’t exist until season 3 by could she support her own show? Means braking up with Sheldon. Howard spinoff?

  • dantas


    Bones premiered to a 2.3, then last week it got a 1.9, and now a 2.2.

  • CBSviewer

    I think Hostages would be better during summer paired with Under the Dome or Big Brother.

  • Joseph

    ESPN’s “NFL Monday Night Football” likely won the night in total viewers and key demos, with a matchup between two teams who were unbeaten going in (Miami at New Orleans).

    The truth is that football now dominates viewing three nights a week during the Fall (Sundays, Mondays, and Saturdays). It may not be too long before the league-owned NFL Network is in as many homes as ESPN, and once that happens, football will dominate viewing on a fourth night during the Fall (Thursdays, the most important night of the prime-time week).

    The broadcast nets may soon have to rethink the idea of airing their best Sunday-night and Monday-night first-run programming during the Fall and maybe “save” their top Sunday and Monday shows for after the NFL season ends.


    It’s crazy big brother did better then most of all CBS Monday and it was a summer cheap show lol.

  • Hatim

    Thought episode 2 of the blacklist was excellent. Even better than the pilot and so much better than anything revolution ever offered, which I stopped watching soon after. NBC surely has a hit here, fingers crossed

  • max

    @dantas Exactly, but the summary said Bones got a 1.9 on their premiere, that was incorrect….a small point, but still inaccurate.

  • ragincajun

    CBS needs to shore up this night as quickly as possible because you do not get many second chances in today’s TV landscape. Their best schedule at this time is:

    The Mentalist

    2BG is not a tentpole show, but I do think it could serve as a good bridge between HIMYM and M&M. M&M has proven that it could be a self-starter, and although it won’t challenge TBBT or TAAHM in the demos, it should provide better consistency for the hour than 2BG, and it would be a more compatible lead-in for Mom. The Mentalist has also done a pretty decent job in the Sunday 10:00 deathslot, and with the Red John reveal storyline happening this fall, it should make some noise at 10:00 and “prime the pump” for Intelligence’s premiere in February. Also, depending upon the stability of the Thursday line-up, CBS can give Friends with Benefits and Bad Teacher a shot at 8:30 and 9:30 respectively at midseason to see if either of them deserve a shot next season.

    As for 2BG, they have not developed the characters whatsoever, and the dirty joke schtick is getting old quick. The actress that played Chiandra, the cell phone girl, in last night’s episode was funny as hell, and that is exactly what the show needs. Get rid of Sophie & Oleg, and with the savings on what is probably a pretty large paycheck for Jennifer Coolidge, the show can hire another actress and two young actors and attempt to create more of a Friends/HIMYM vibe for the show.

  • carla

    Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist are steady and strong. Both are excellent shows, deserving of critical and fan praise.

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