Ratings: ‘2 Broke Girls’ Solid, ‘Voice’ and ‘Blacklist’ Up Opposite Big ‘Monday Night Football’ Game

UPDATE: In updated nationals released Tuesday afternoon by Nielsen, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game ended up averaging a 6.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.81 million viewers overall — the largest audience for the franchise since its last game of the 2010 season (New Orleans-Atlanta).

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” came in with a 1.9/5 in 18-49 and 12.62 million viewers overall, and “Castle” did a 1.6/5 and 8.75 million viewers overall, tying timeslot rival “NCIS: Los Angeles” in the demo.

CBS’ “The Millers” gave back a tenth (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.95 million viewers overall), while “Scorpion” edged up (2.3/6 in 18-49, 10.39 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “The Voice” gained a tenth in the nationals (3.7/11 in 18-49, 12.48 million), but “The Blacklist” lost a tenth (2.5/7 in 18-49, 9.57 million viewers overall). There were no demo adjustments for the shows on Fox or CW.

CBS began the post-“Big Bang Theory” portion of its Monday season last night, getting solid results for the debut of “2 Broke Girls” while its rookie drama “Scorpion” held up well. NBC won the night behind “The Voice” and “The Blacklist,” both of which rose week to week.

All of the broadcast programs figured to be impacted by ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, an overtime contest that logged a 12.1 overnight household rating — the highest score for the franchise in four years. The game peaked with a 14.3 rating in the 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET half-hour.

Looking at the entertainment programs, “2 Broke Girls” averaged a 2.4 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock half-hour, down 14% from its Monday 9 p.m. premiere of last fall (2.8) but a solid second place among the broadcasters in the 8 o’clock half-hour and standing as the night’s No. 2 scripted program in 18-49. It was followed by “The Millers” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), which held 75% of its lead-in and limited its week-to-week decline to 14% (1.8 vs. 2.1) even though its lead-in was about 45% lower (2.4 vs. last week’s 4.5 for “The Big Bang Theory”).

“Scorpion” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 week to week to its low (though it could gain a tenth in the nationals) and remained Monday’s most-watched drama overall in same-night numbers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) was down a tenth to match its season low, placing third among the dramas in the hour.

At NBC, “The Voice” (3.6/10 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall) and “The Blacklist” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall) grew 6% and 8%, respectively, from their season lows of last week. The former was the night’s top-rated entertainment series in 18-49, and the latter was the No. 1 scripted program in the demo.

Numbers for ABC are inflated due to a preemption in the Dallas market for the Cowboys game. In the prelims, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall) was up a tenth while “Castle” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) was up 0.4 from its week-ago season low.

Fox’s male-skewing “Gotham” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) figured to be most impacted by “Monday Night Football,” and they were down 0.1 and 0.2 respectively. For “Gotham,” this marked the show’s fifth straight decline in same-night numbers since its big premiere, but it continues to do very well in DVR playback.

CW’s “The Originals” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) held steady, while “Jane the Virgin” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) dropped a bit more in its third week. Still, the net was up over last year’s comparable Monday by 27% in total viewers and 50% or more in adults 18-34, women 18-34 and adults 18-49.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.3/9; ABC and CBS, 2.0/6; Fox, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.2/3; CW and Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 12.0 million; NBC, 11.3 million; CBS, 8.9 million; Fox, 5.3 million; Univision, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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