‘Monday Night Football,’ ‘Voice’ Top Monday While ‘Almost Human’ Drops

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Fox drama outrates last week's 'Bones' by 15%

UPDATE: In updated national from estimates released late Tuesday by Nielsen, Fox’s “Almost Human” edged up to a 2.3 in adults 18-49 and 6.76 million viewers overall. As a result, its regular-timeslot premiere came in 15% above the 2.0 that “Bones” had delivered the previous two weeks; compared with its Sunday preview episode, “Human” was down 26%.

Monday Night Football” did a 5.8 demo rating and 15.77 million viewers overall, putting it a bit behind the Chicago-Green Bay game of Nov. 4 as the top-rated ESPN game during the television season.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” finished a 2.0/5 in 18-49 (bouncing back from its low of the previous week) and 13.80 million viewers overall. The net’s “Castle” was down a tick in the demo (1.9/5) while up in total viewers (10.93 million).


Fox’s “Almost Human” came down in the ratings as expected as it shifted to its regular timeslot Monday, but still outperformed the recent deliveries of “Bones” in the hour. NBC, meanwhile, beat its rivals in key demos even without “The Blacklist,” as a special recap of “The Voice” and the regular two-hour performance show kept the net on top.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” was a strong player on the night and was expected to dominate in key demos as well as total viewers. The New England-Carolina matchup earned an 11.2 overnight household rating in Nielsen’s metered markets, making it the top-rated “MNF” game of the TV season.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Almost Human” averaged a 2.2 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, down nearly 30% from its Sunday premiere/preview and about 10% above what “Bones” averaged in the timeslot the last two weeks (2.0). Now that the dust has settled from its two-night premiere, next week will be a key one for “Human,” which will go up against an original episode of “The Voice.”

Closing the night for Fox was hit rookie drama “Sleepy Hollow” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), which was on par or down slightly from last week in various categories. “Sleepy” was the No. 2-rated first-year drama in adults 18-49 last week, having moved ahead of ABC’s Tuesday newcomer “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” for the first time.

At NBC, a special “Voice” recap kicked off the night with a solid 2.2/6 in 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall, and was followed by the live two-hour performance show (3.4/9 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which slid back an hour to give “Blacklist” some rest. The music contest was down about 10% from last week’s 8-10 p.m. show.

The Peacock easily beat its rivals on the night in both adults 18-49 and 25-54.

Elsewhere, CBS’ lineup held pretty steady with last week’s averages, with “How I Met Your Mother” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) again winning in 18-49 at 8 p.m., and “2 Broke Girls” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) finishing ahead of the “Voice” special at 8:30. They were followed by the steady “Mike & Molly” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall), and then “Hostages” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which was down slightly in 18-49 but up a bit in 25-54 (to 1.5/4).

ABC’s numbers are subject to significant revision due to preemptions for NFL action in both Boston and Charlotte. As would be expected, both “Dancing With the Stars” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall) were well above last week in the prelims. Even with downward adjustments, the net should be the night’s broadcast leader in total viewers.

There was no real change at CW for “Hart of Dixie” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) or “Beauty and the Beast” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.0/8; ABC and Fox, 2.3/6; CBS, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.2/3; Telemundo, 0.5/1; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.7 million; NBC, 9.5 million; Fox, 6.8 million; CBS, 6.6 million; Univision, 3.4 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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