Ratings: CBS Rookie ‘Scorpion’ Looks Strong Enough On Its Own Monday

Scorpion Ratings CBS

Despite soft return for 'The Millers,' it matches last week's score

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen national estimates released Tuesday afternoon, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” went up two tenths in 18-49 (4.6/14, 16.02 million viewers overall), but lead-out “The Millers” lost a tenth (2.1/6 in 18-49, 8.93 million), leaving the latter with even weaker retention levels of 46% in 18-49 and 55% in total viewers. Next week, “2 Broke Girls” will kick off the night for CBS.

In its second week, low clearances due in part to a preemption in Houston for an NFL game resulted in a week-2 decline for CW’s “Jane the Virgin” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.36 million viewers overall), which on Tuesday was picked up for the rest of the season. Lead-in “The Originals” ended at a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 1.27 million viewers overall.

At ABC, “Castle” lost a tenth (1.5/5 in 18-49, 8.82 million viewers overall), leaving it down 0.4 vs. last week even though lead-in “Dancing With the Stars” held steady (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.58 million viewers overall).

NBC’s “The Voice” went up a tick (3.4/10 in 18-49, 11.90 million viewers overall) while “The Blacklist” held at its earlier level (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.34 million viewers overall). And at Fox, “Gotham” edged up (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.09 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” held (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.02 million viewers overall).

“Monday Night Football” on ESPN (Houston-Pittsburgh) was the night’s top show in 18-49 (4.9 rating) while drawing 13.28 million viewers overall.


“The Big Bang Theory” will be leaving the CBS Monday lineup, but the net’s new drama “Scorpion” — a shoo-in for a full-season pickup — is looking strong enough to survive on the night without it. In its fifth week, the rookie series matched its week-ago score despite a soft lead-in from the returning “The Millers” and was on par with NBC’s “The Blacklist” as the night’s top drama in demos.

“The Blacklist” joined lead-in “The Voice” in posting surprisingly big week-over-week declines, while ABC’s “Castle” also was noticeably lower. On the plus side, new CW drama “Jane the Virgin” appears to have improved upon its OK premiere of last week (though early numbers could be affected by a football preemption) and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” woke up a bit.

NBC won the night in demos, though CBS closed the gap. ABC was Monday’s most-watched network overall.

According to preliminary “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” aired as a Monday regular for the final time (4.4 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, 15.6 million viewers overall), basically matching its week-ago delivery and remaining Monday’s top entertainment series in all key categories. It was followed by the second-season premiere of “The Millers” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), which fumbled away a large chunk of its “Big Bang” lead-in, as it did on Thursday last season. In its tough time period last night, “Millers” placed third among the Big Four.

CBS had better news at 9 p.m., where “Scorpion” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) held steady week-to-week despite the lack of a “Big Bang” lead-in (either repeat or original) for the first time — building on “The Millers” across the board; the “Big Bang” repeat last week did 0.6 better in 18-49 (2.8). It placed second to NBC’s “The Voice” for the 9 o’clock hour and was neck and neck with NBC’s “The Blacklist” in 18-49 and 25-54 as Monday’s top-rated drama while also standing as the most-watched Monday drama overall.

The Eye had a solid showing at 10 p.m. with “NCIS: Los Angeles’ (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall), which was up a tick while its drama rivals “The Blacklist” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) fell to season lows. This is the first time “NCIS: Los Angeles” has beaten “Castle” in demos.

At Fox, “Gotham” dipped to a low in its fifth week (2.2/7 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), down 0.2 from last week (though it could pick up a tick in the nationals). It was Monday’s No. 1 drama in adults 18-34 (1.8/7) and men 18-49 (2.5/8).

“Sleepy Hollow” looked a little more solid at 9 p.m. (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), rising a tenth above the 1.7 it had for the prior three weeks and enjoying its most competitive finish this fall relative to “Scorpion” and “The Voice.”

For NBC, “The Voice” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall) was down more than 15% week to week, though it still won its two-hour block in 18-49 — and the absence of “Big Bang Theory” on the night starting next week could allow it to recover some lost viewers. The music competition was nearly in line with its comparable spring episode (The Battles, Part 3), but that was during Daylight Saving Time; compared to the same week last fall, it was down more than 20%.

“The Blacklist” followed with declines of its own (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), down 0.4 vs. last week but still the night’s top drama in 18-49 (tied with “Scorpion”) and in a virtual draw with “Scorpion” in 25-54 (3.2 vs. 3.3). Though it will move ahead of “Scorpion” in DVR playback (and perhaps even in the updated nationals due later Tuesday), the 2.4 marks a same-night low for an original “Blacklist” airing behind “The Voice.”

ABC’s numbers will be adjusted in the nationals, as its preliminary averages include Steelers football in the Pittsburgh market. “Dancing With the Stars” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall) held at last week’s number, but “Castle” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) was off 0.3 from the 1.9 it did the previous two weeks.

At CW, “The Originals” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) held steady in 18-49 while showing 20%+ gains in other categories, including women 18-34 and total viewers. It was followed by “Jane the Virgin” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from last week.

The night continues to be a big improvement over Monday of last year for CW — even if a football preemption in Houston artificially inflated the net’s prelim averages last night.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.0/9; CBS, 2.5/7; Fox, 2.0/6; ABC, 1.9/5; Univision, 1.1/3; CW, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.6 million; NBC, 10.9 million; CBS, 10.5 million; Fox, 5.5 million; Univision, 2.7 million; CW, 1.6 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.

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  1. EK says:

    Football will affect several shows time shifted to DVRs and 3 & 7 day totals will be more relevant than the overnights which are not a worthy barometer any more, as is well observed by many. Media needs to stop treating these numbers like the holy grail!

  2. SCORPION is a show whose cast of characters have improved from the flashy pilot: the teams’ insecurities are less of a gimmick, now, and much more endearing! GOTHAM is getting smoother and stranger every week, with Bruce Wayne emerging as a surprisingly provocative player in his multi-billion dollar empire! THE BLACKLIST continues to use its secondary characters wisely and leaning less on its premise that Reddington is a surrogate father to Liz and a cuddly criminal mastermind to boot: I like the show even better than Season One!

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