Almost Human

New drama places fourth in 18-49; 'Dancing,' 'Castle,' 'Mike & Molly' and 'Mom' all on the rise

After a solid two-night launch a week ago, Fox drama “Almost Human” took a step back Monday, falling to a fourth-place finish among young adults in the night’s leadoff hour. The final Monday of November also saw another strong performance by NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which recently set a DVR playback record.

NBC won the night in 18-49, sweeping all six half-hours among the Big Four, while ABC led in total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Almost Human” averaged a 1.9 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers overall, down 17% in the demo from its Monday premiere of last week. It faced slightly tougher competition this week, as NBC’s “The Voice” went from a repeat to an original, and the futuristic cop drama ended up placing fourth in adults 18-49 for the 8 o’clock hour.

The soft night for Fox continued at 9 p.m., as rookie “Sleepy Hollow” fell to a low (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), and was neck and neck with ABC and CBS for second place among the broadcasters in 18-49.

At NBC, “The Voice” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) was down a bit from last week for a season low, but remained the night’s No. 1 entertainment series in adults 18-49 and 25-54 (4.3/10). Holding most of that demo audience at 10 p.m., “The Blacklist” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) was in line with its most recent episode of two weeks ago and was Monday’s top scripted program in 18-49 and 25-54 (3.9/9).

In Live+7 numbers released yesterday by Nielsen, the Nov. 3 episode of “The Blacklist” established a record in DVR playback, gaining a whopping 6.6 million viewers in the week following its telecast.

ABC was above average with the season’s final Monday episode of “Dancing With the Stars” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) leading into tonight’s finale. And at 10, the fall finale of “Castle” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall) was up 10% week to week in 18-49 while drawing its largest overall audience since its season premiere. The Alphabet was the most-watched broadcast network for a fourth straight Monday.

At CBS, “Mike & Molly” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), “Mom” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Hostages” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) were all up from last week, with “Mom” tying Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” in 18-49 at 9:30. In the night’s opening hour, “How I Met Your Mother” was down a bit (2.9/8 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) and “2 Broke Girls” was flat (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall).

It was status quo at CW for “Hart of Dixie” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.2/9; ABC, CBS and Fox, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.5/1; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.3 million; NBC, 11.1 million; CBS, 6.8 million; Fox, 6.3 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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