Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, September 23, 2019

Note: A local NFL preemption on ABC may result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals later today.

The numbers for Monday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. The Voice (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.7/8 8.84
9-1-1 (FOX) – P 1.5/7 6.96
The Neighborhood (CBS) – P 0.9/5 5.73
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.8/4 6.63
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) 0.2/1 0.91
8:30 p.m. Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS) – P 0.8/4 5.88
9 p.m. Prodigal Son (FOX) – P 1.0/4 4.18
All Rise (CBS) – P 0.7/3 6.01
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) 0.2/1 0.69
9:30 p.m. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.71
10 p.m. The Good Doctor (ABC) – P 1.0/5 6.61
Bluff City Law (NBC) – P 0.8/4 4.73
Bull (CBS) – P 0.7/4 6.30


It was “The Voice” that came out on top of the first night of the new TV season.

The season premiere of the NBC reality-competition series topped the night’s preliminary ratings with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.84 million viewers. Despite winning the night in both the adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers, “The Voice” is down from its fall premiere a year ago (2.0, 9.66 million) and from its spring premiere earlier this year (2.1, 10.77 million).

Even with a solid “Voice” as its lead-in though, “Bluff City Law” failed to get off to an impressive start Monday night. The series premiere of NBC’s new 10 p.m. drama generated only a 0.8 with 4.73 million viewers. It placed second in the hour, pending updates.

Elsewhere, FOX’s “9-1-1” kicked off its third season in strong fashion, raking in a 1.5 rating and 6.96 million viewers. That puts it down a tenth from its Monday premiere last year, but up two-tenths from its season finale this past May (1.3). It is also “9-1-1’s” most-watched, non-NFL-boosted broadcast ever.

The series premiere of “Prodigal Son” followed “9-1-1” with an OK 1.0 rating and 4.18 million viewer audience in the 9 p.m. hour. Combined, the two shows carried FOX to its best premiere week Monday night ranking in ten years.

FOX’s good fortune was not shared by CBS, however, which started the new season in surprisingly quiet fashion. The season 2 premiere of “The Neighborhood” kicked off the night for the network with a series low 0.9 rating, down from its first season’s premiere (1.3) and finale (1.0) episodes. The series premiere of “Bob Hearts Abishola” followed it with a 0.8, two-tenths below the 1.0 that the “Happy Together” premiere scored in the same time slot last year.

At 9 p.m., the series premiere of “All Rise” posted a 0.7 with 6.01 million viewers, putting it two-tenths lower than the 0.9 that “Magnum P.I.” averaged in the time slot last season. The fourth season premiere of “Bull” followed “All Rise” with a 0.7 and 6.3 million viewers, down from its season 3 premiere’s 0.9 and 7.33 million viewer audience, but on par with its season finale this past spring (0.7, 7.19 million).

On ABC, “Dancing with the Stars” took a predictable hit in its second week, falling from its season premiere’s 1.0 to a 0.8 with 6.63 million viewers. Meanwhile, the season 3 premiere of “The Good Doctor” grabbed a 1.0 with 6.61 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour, down from its 2018 premiere (1.3, 7.35 million) and its second season’s overall averages (1.1, 6.73 million).

ABC also had an NFL preemption in the Washington D.C. market last night, which means both “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Good Doctor” may experience some adjustments in the finals later today.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” returned from a week off with matching 0.2s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/7 1.3/6 0.9/4 0.8/4 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 7.47 5.57 6.62 6.04 0.80


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.4/3, 2.6/8

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.3/3, 1.8/5

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.3/2, 1.5/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.3/3, 1.0/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2 1.2/5

“Nightline”: 0.2/2, 1.1/4


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.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. 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. 
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. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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