NBC’s ‘Voice,’ ‘Blacklist’ Top Monday While CBS Struggles

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Newcomers 'Hostages,' 'We Are Men' weak, anchor '2 Broke Girls' sluggish for the Eye

NBC continues to look good on Mondays this fall, winning among its rivals in key demos for a third straight week to start the season behind “The Voice” and “The Blacklist.” It’s become clear, meanwhile, that changes are in store for the CBS lineup on the night, which has wilted behind the still-potent “How I Met Your Mother.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” (4.5 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 14.3 million viewers overall) was just about in line with last week as the popular blind-auditions round continues to crush the competition. It was followed by the third week of “The Blacklist” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which was down a bit from last week but continues to perform very well.

Last week, “The Blacklist” became the first show on any broadcast network to add 5 million viewers from live plus same-day to live plus-7, according to Nielsen.

Elsewhere, CBS ran fourth among the Big Four in 18-49 even though “How I Met Your Mother” remains a strong performer (2.9/9 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall), placing second in the demo to “The Voice” while winning or tying for the lead in its half-hour in both adults 18-34 and men 18-34.

From there, though, CBS has problems with its half-hours “We Are Men” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) as well as rookie drama “Hostages” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall). All four comedies were down two-tenths of a ratings point in 18-49 from last week, while “Hostages” dipped by three-tenths (or 20%).

CBS isn’t likely to sit quietly with these numbers, and could make moves soon to shore up the night. Among the net’s comedy options are vet “Mike & Molly,” which has a full-season order, and newbie “Friends With Better Lives,” which would seem an ideal partner with “How I Met Your Mother.”

ABC’s affiliate-based preliminary nationals are likely inflated due to Falcons football airing on the net’s Atlanta station. “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall) looks to be about on par with last week while “Castle” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) was down but remains a comfortable second in demos among the hour’s three dramas.

At Fox, both “Bones” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) were down about 10% from last week. “Sleepy” remains a good performer for Fox, and as the most male-skewing Monday broadcast series, it was probably most affected by the live sports action of both “Monday Night Football” on ESPN and postseason baseball on TBS.

CW had a quiet premiere night with “Hart of Dixie” and “Beauty and the Beast” on their new nights (both did a 0.4/1 in 18-49 and 1.2 million viewers overall). “Dixie” premiered to a 0.7 leading off Tuesday a year ago, and “Beauty” did a 1.2 behind “The Vampire Diaries” on Thursday last year. But compared to the Monday combo of “90210” and “Gossip Girl,” CW was flat in the demo and up in total viewers.

The net aired football in New York, so its preliminary estimates are likely inflated.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.1/11; Fox, 2.3/6; ABC, 2.1/6; CBS, 1.9/5; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 13.3 million; ABC, 12.3 million; Fox, 7.4 million; CBS, 6.2 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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  1. mephyve says:

    I don’t like Mom or the Millers because the moms on both shows are unlikable characters.

  2. PittsRu2 says:

    I am sad that The Millers has a great cast but little to show for it. What a waste of Margo Martindale and Will Arnet. Something better than fart jokes is needed.

    Amber Tamblin cannot save Two and 1/2 Men. The show was warped with the original cast but down 1 and 1/2 men with the most annoying left behind means this show is unwatchable. Ashton Kutcher playing Kelso moves to the beach does nothing to help this out.

    Two broke girls was never funny and should have died in year 1. The leads are attractive, the writing is poor to unbearable and the directing is absent.

    Mom seems like any other Chuck Lorre piece from Roseanne to 2 and 1/2 Men. The jokes are tired and it also wastes some decent actors and Anna Farris. With Janney and French Stewart, they should be able to make some funny things happen. I keep waiting to hear them say something about loose meat sandwiches from the Roseanne days.

    Maybe CBS has lost its way after s many years of leading the pack. We are Men does not impress even with Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O’Connell I thought this would be great. In reality, it is not very funny. Why can’t Hollywood make funny comedies? They are better at making funny dramas and have lost the ability to say something funny.

    If The Voice is the best option for the night, Hollywood must try harder.

  3. Dewsterling says:

    “We Are Men” and “Mom” are unwatchable and “The Blacklist” is going to wither and die without “The Voice” as its lead-in. “Sleepyhollow” is phenomenal, it’s so good that I regret that it’s on Fox. The CW has to put something on the air Mondays.

  4. JOE S HILL says:

    So Far,what i’m seeing here,is that CBS’s Monday night schedule seems to be off to a somewhat
    slow start. is it possible that they(the network) have lost their audience share,after “UNDER THE DOME”? because while the “yuks” of “TWO BROKE GIRLS” seems to have some leverage,the
    new Jerry Bruckheimer TV Drama “HOSTAGES” is still an intresting show,even for a limited run
    series-but all the same,i do hope the series succeeds,because it still has potential,not to mention
    a great cast,especially with Toni Collette,who is one very talented lady! but if CBS continues to
    show a slowness on Monday nights,then they could be desperate enough to make very drastic changes,
    and that usually equates to cancelation,which is a certainty today,in this insane business! if i were CBS,
    i’d move “MIKE AND MOLLY” and “TWO BROKE GIRLS” back to their previous schedule.instead of trying to gamble with fickle shifting on different nights! as for “HOSTAGES”,i’d still give that series a good
    chance,because it still has potential! but if the Monday night thing still gets lousy,CBS can always do
    something different,like air the TV pilot to “BEVERLY HILLS COP” as a special,to determine if that has
    any potential for a serious audience out there,instead of shelving this in their vaults,where it does nobody any good! merely a suggestion.

  5. Allen says:

    I have a suggestion: Once THE MILLERS tanks on Thursdays, send MOM over for the rest of the season to nurture it. It’s a solid show with a very solid cast. I guess bring MIKE AND MOLLY back on Monday to replace it, but maybe swap time slots with 2 BROKE GIRLS – perhaps the most laugh-free (though the likeable leads do laugh at themselves almost every joke, unbelievably) 30 minute multi-cam out there now.

    I honestly don’t know. I enjoy MIKE AND MOLLY – it’s raised exponentially by it’s cast – and it’s compatible with MOM and the new Amber Tamblyn infused TWO AND A HALF MEN. I’m just not sure where they should all be. I know that on MONDAYS all I’m watching is HIMYM and MOM now on CBS. I’ve DVRd HOSTAGES, but it’s not been watched. NBC has a real winner with BLACKLIST.

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