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.

  • thesnowleopard

    Aw, rats. For a minute there, I thought CW’s Mondays had a spike. But nope, just sports preemptions. Probably.

  • eridapo


    If you watched last year’s Final Frontier, the episode last night was a near clone of that one….

  • Ultima

    The game got a 50.3 in Minnesota

    Wow. There must not be a lot to do up in Minneapolis if more than half of the households were watching what was effectively a preseason game on the Vikings part! ;)

  • starship


    0.05 and above is rounded up and 0.04 and below is rounded down. I don’t need to provide any proof, if you don’t understand it or believe it, have a look around the site (at something other than BATB ratings) and you’ll see that’s the case…

  • BBFan

    @Star, you’re an idiot. Other sites posting the #’s clearly indicate they are truncated. That’s why you have to provide proof that here at tvbn they round them off. Using your knowledge of 5th grade math as proof is dumb.

  • HalCapone

    Monday, Thursday and of course, Sunday are all f’d up due to football. Everyone will just have to learn to deal with this because football is not going away. Maybe in 10 years, football is all that will be broadcast on all networks, every evening:)

    As a network suit, do you place your strongest new programming on these nights, hoping something has good traction or do you put your shows with modest expectations and/or stick with old reliable fare? The 10pm hour should in theory be especially impacted due to more tuning in for the last half of the football game and DVR’ing any scripted programming. Sure, the Black List is doing great but does anyone really think it would have secured any eyeballs in significant number without The Voice lead-in. I’m probably completely wrong but I wouldn’t think the audience for The Voice and The Black List were the same. Even though it has record breaking 7 day DVR playback in week 2 (meaningless to advertisers w/r/t ratings), I still don’t know if it can “thrive” without The Voice. It will survive for sure but anything with a pulse does on NBC.

  • Addrell

    maybe people didn’t know h=Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast Premiered last week

  • David Howell

    Worth noting; the premiere of this CW Surrender Monday had a 0.4/0.4 in prelims, adjusted down to a 0.4/0.3, and that had a New York MNF preemption too. Apparently the Jets aren’t even much of a draw in NYC. :)


    ultima they love the Vikings who have a great tradtion. so much so they elected one of the all time great Vikings players alan page to the supreme court of Minnesota. it is not a surprise

  • Deo

    For me, not being american, it´s a little difficult to understand how a show gets renewed; I think I read that what matters is how it does in its timeslot in comparison to the show airing in that same timeslot and same network…is it so? In that case, for example Castle (my favourite) only loses, for now, to Scandal; does it mean its chances of getting renewed are good?

  • BBFan

    As someone pointed out earlier, the Nielsen system is sorely antiquated when it comes to sports programming. The Nielsen viewer has a paid obligation to watch commercials but the rest of us do not. Every Nielsen HH watch the ads during sports is supposed to be representing 22k homes but I doubt very much most of them are watching them. They probably channel surf then. Drama’s are different because a viewer is tuning in for a continuing story or a cast they like.

  • BBFan

    @Deo, because of syndication that’s not the case. The viewers a show attracts matter most in terms of it’s renewal. Males are typically harder to attract to TV than females so those demog’s are worth more. The 18-34, 18-49, & 25-54 matter most. While the networks don’t ignore the competition on other channels, they determine renewal based on how well a show is performing compared to the rest of it’s flock. The bar is higher for premiereing series because they have to build traction with advertisers or syndicators. Returning shows have already done that. They got a 2nd season because of it.

    That’s why saying Beast will be canceled because Reign is beating it is dumb. Whether Beast is canceled or not will depend on whether the advertisers & syndicators who helped get it a 2nd season still have faith in it for 2 more.

  • violet hour

    @french christopher

    you have no idea how dedicated sleepyheads are already with only 5 episodes to gnaw our teeth on …i’ve already seen the pilot 5 times

    i thought castle episode was sooo funny i loved it but i’m probably part of the geek brigade of browncoaters fame!

  • hanp

    Surprise at Mom’s ratings and to a lesser extent Hostages. Is Minnesota a big Market- I dont think so. Maybe no or not much downward adjustments expected.

  • starship


    They actually premiered 2 weeks ago, so that’s not the case. The first and third biggest market showing football is the reason for the sudden ratings spike. I wouldn’t be too shocked to see HoD going down 2 tenths and BATB going down 3 to match their numbers for the last 2 weeks. Anything better than that would probably be a cause for a party at the CW with a press-release praising the shows growing/remaining the same while being pre-empted.

  • HalCapone

    Were the half hour ratings posted anywhere in the comments?

  • Rebecca

    I thought Castle was pretty good – it was nice to see “Morgan” from Chuck in something again. To the person who mentioned Alexis living off her dad and planning to shack up with her boyfriend…she told her dad she’d pay for the rent from her work-study program at college – she wouldn’t totally live off her dad, is what I understood. Just finished watching it. Also enjoyed Mom and HIMYM.

  • gerry

    if people didn’t watch football on local affiliates and simply watched it on espn then the local affiliates wouldn’t bother carrying it. the batb numbers are inflated and will adjust down. maybe to 0.3, maybe to 0.4, but they will adjust down.

    @ starship – you have my sympathies. i love tcd but short of a miracle it will be cancelled. i get it. and you get it about batb. but there are alot that don’t that unfortunately are giving themselves and the show a bad name (that bad name this week specifically being ‘illiteracy’).

  • BBFan

    The two main reasons why someone in NYC would watch an ESPN cast locally vs ESPN is 1) they don’t have ESPN or 2) they don’t have ESPN HD. Nielsen estimates at least 20% of homes don’t have cable/sat, & less than 50% have HD on those services.

    As for why the affiliate picks it up, it’s a no-brainer. It costs nothing more than a carriage fee & they can sell the time to advertisers for much more than the normal programming. The added revenue easily covers the fee. What’s more it’s an upfront sale. That time was sold shortly after the NFL schedule was released which means it was trading on last yr’s Giants value.

  • gerry

    @ BB Fan

    Thank you for making the case as to my BatB’s numbers are inflated and will adjust down in the final.

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