TV Ratings Monday: 'The Voice' & 'Dancing With the Stars' Dip + 'The Blacklist' Steady & 'Bones' Up

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October 22nd, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.8/10 2.2/6 1.9/5 1.6/4 1.3/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.9/9 1.7/5 1.5/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 12.54 7.29 12.29 5.43 3.37 1.55

Last night’s Monday Night Football game (Minnesota at NY Giants) was simulcast on the CBS affiliate in Minnesota and on The CW affiliate in New York. As a result, CBS and 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 fell to a  new season low (for a Monday) 4.2, down three tenths from last week's 4.5  adults 18-49 rating. The Blacklist  matched last week's 3.0  adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, How I Met Your Mother earned a 2.9, down two tenths from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating.  2 Broke Girls matched last week's 2.6  adults 18-49 rating. Mom garnered a 2.4, up four tenths from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Hostages earned a 1.4, up two tenths from last week's series low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Dancing With the Stars earned a season low 1.9, down two tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Castle notched  a season low-tying 1.9 down three tenths from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Bones scored a 2.1, up a tenth from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. 

On the CW, Hart of Dixie earned a 0.6, up two tenths from last week’s 0.4. Beauty and the Beast scored a 0.6, up three tenths from last week's 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, October 21, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC the Voice (8-10PM) 4.2 11 13.40
CBS How I Met Your Mother 2.9 9 7.87
FOX Bones 2.1 6 7.49
ABC Dancing With the Stars (8-10PM) 1.9 5 13.11
CW Hart of Dixie 0.6 2 1.43
8:30PM CBS 2 Broke Girls 2.6 7 8.05
9:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.5 6 8.49
FOX Sleepy Hollow -R 1.0 3 3.37
CW Beauty and the Beast 0.6 2 1.67
9:30PM CBS Mom 2.4 6 7.79
10:00PM NBC The Blacklist 3.0 8 10.57
ABC Castle 1.9 5 10.64
CBS Hostages 1.4 4 5.77


via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday Night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5; 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,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 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" (1.5/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  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 0.4/3 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.

  • Danny

    Hostages did have a better demo than The Mentalist, but far less viewers and The Mentalist got pushed back to 10:30 by Football. And Castle may have had a terrible demo but it beat The Blacklist in viewers. And they both excel in Live plus DVR numbers. And I know all of you swear only by the live views but mark my words, this will change! The Blacklist hit 6 million in DVR viewers last week! That will not be ignored.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    A Hostages fan making fun of Monday night CW programming. Now that is an extra special kind of sad.

  • David H

    Regarding the Minneapolis adjustment, it’s not unusual for Vikings games to do a 35 or 40 rating. That is HH not 18-49 but still. Obviously a good % of those probably watched on ESPN, but there could be a significant adjustment

  • Matt

    Castle won viewers! :D quite the monster when it comes to total viewership…

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    Your apparent inability to read exactly why Hostages may not have beaten The Mentalist invalidates all the rest of your comment.
    Except that the rest of your comment,containing useless comments about total viewers and DVR viewers, did that on its own.

  • Tom

    “Since when does CW air football?”

    The CW doesn’t air football. WPIX is the CW’s affiliate in New York City and its operator wisely chose to preempt the regular low rated CW shows in favor of airing something that would attract viewers.

  • David H

    I’ll predict a .2 adjustment for CBS and .3 for CW

  • tahina

    I’m enjoying The Blacklist a lot, and sometimes watch it live and DVD Castle.. it never happened before. :)

  • Tom

    In case anyone missed it, the ecstatic posts by many of the usual BATB mavens is just further confirmation that they don’t understand or care about the television ratings system. Which makes me wonder why they’re still posting on this site. Hopefully, the adjusted final ratings will provide them with some clarity.

  • HalCapone

    Hostages is still DOA with or without it’s probable adjustment down in a few hours. Regardless of its quality or lack thereof, it’s become increasingly difficult to launch a successful (one that is renewed for a second season) new show in the 10pm that doesn’t have The Voice or The Big Bang in front of it. It’s dead but I believe CBS might leave it where it is for its entire limited and final run.

  • Sonicphoto

    Thats a pretty low repeat for Sleepy Hollow. Beauty with a 0.4 would still be ok I guess. I don’t want to be that guy but I am sure Nikita would have performed better on a monday than these 2 cw shows. If you look at how Nikita started in season 1 you would die.

  • Judy912

    I am glad CASTLE did well in the overall viewership but I know the prime demo group isn’t as good as I had hoped it would be. Still for my money, CASTLE beats the competition. I do watch ‘Blacklist’ on OnDemand for it is a good series and probably the best new program this season for sure but my ‘cup of tea’ will always be CASTLE, and I hope the FINALS have better numbers for CASTLE!

  • Wright

    Hopefully HOD can keep that rating in the finals.

  • Someone

    The ratings for HOD and BATB will adjust down. However, from the looks of it, and the past comments from all the “experts” about the ratings that frequent this site , a preemption should not have that much of an impact (yes, they said this), so I’m expecting only a .1 or at most a .2 drop. But, of course, we’ll see HOD drop less than BATB because that is the pattern. . Still, I expect BATB’s ratings to be up from last week. They were preempted by the same NY market on its premiere date (and lost .1) this year for a better game, but were also preempted by a Minnesota market, which however, isn’t nearly as big as the former.

  • Shepherd

    Too many preemptions for my taste; see you at the finals.

  • BBFan

    The Beast bears still haven’t figured out. What was inflated in NYC amounted to those who chose to watch that affiliate instead of ESPN. The game aired on both there. That is not going to be greater than the Chicago affiliate which chose to air Bulls vs Bucks instead of the CW. Both Dixie & Beast will air next Sun night. So if Chicago is a particularly strong market for both shows, they will ultimately adjust up.

  • skyfi

    No matter! 0.5 will be still more than enough. It was renewed with only 0.5 after TVD.

  • Bella Bellini

    CW had basketball on last night, so I don’t think those numbers are correct. But at least they can’t hold it against the shows right?

  • Billiam

    How can one market (NY) adjust the ratings that much? Are there more Nielson viewers in NY than any where else? Anyway, I hopw the CW numbers stay the same or go down 0.1

  • kevin m

    why was sleepy hollow on repeat?

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