Ratings: NBC’s ‘State of Affairs’ Hits Low Without ‘Voice’ Lead-in

State of Affairs Ratings

After hanging in there in recent weeks, NBC’s rookie drama “State of Affairs” took a step backward on Monday without lead-in support from “The Voice,” falling to its lowest score to date.

Granted, audiences aren’t trained to expect firstrun episodes from the networks in late December (and it could be that more people than usual will catch up via DVR playback), but “State of Affairs” (1.1 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) was down half a ratings point week to week and 0.3 below its previous nadir set Nov. 24 with its second episode. Its lead-in this week, a repeat “Saturday Night Live” Christmas special, did a 1.6 in the demo in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour, a significant 43% lower than last week’s “Voice” (2.8).

Starting Jan. 5, “State of Affairs” will have “Celebrity Apprentice” as a lead-in.

In 18-49, last night’s “State of Affairs” tied with CBS’ encore of “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.1 rating/3 share in adults 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) and ahead of ABC’s “Castle” repeat (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

(The NBC program averages could be revised downward in the nationals due to a pre-emption in the Cincinnati market for the Bengals’ game that aired nationally on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”)

The football game, in which the Bengals beat the Denver Broncos 37-28, averaged a 10.2 overnight household rating for ESPN — its second best “MNF” score of the season (behind a 12.1 for Washington-Dallas in October).

Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” finale (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week but delivered year-over-year gains for a third straight week. On average during its three-week run, “Christmas Light Fight” finished up vs. last year by 25% in 18-49 (1.5 vs. 1.2) and by 28% in total viewers (6.0 million vs. 4.7 million).

CBS was the top broadcaster in the night’s opening hour with a special Monday repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.6/6 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) leading into an original “Mike & Molly” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), with the latter coming within a tick of last week when it followed a firstrun episode of “2 Broke Girls.”

The half-hours were followed by repeats of “Scorpion” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall).

Fox aired repeats of “Gotham” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall). And CW went with special repeats of “iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2014” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.4/4; CBS, 1.3/4; ABC, 1.1/4; Univision, 1.0/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.5/1; Fox, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 7.3 million; ABC, 5.4 million; NBC, 4.9 million; Univision, 2.8 million; Fox, 1.6 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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  1. Tracie says:

    We really enjoyed State of Affairs, very disappointed its not coming back. I may have to start watching a different network ?!?!?!

  2. Carol Roskam says:

    My husband and I really enjoyed “State of Affairs” and always DVR’d it to watch together. I am so disappointed to learn of its cancellation. It is so hard to start watching a series and it is never given a chance. To tell you the truth I never watch NBC. All my favorite shows are on ABC but actually recorded it the first week after seeing a TV Guide ad and wanting to see Katherine Hiegel. If there is a change another network or somewhere this show could be kept alive — we would love it.

  3. JV says:

    I love this show. I love Kathryn Hiegel, I am so sick of the “reality show” shows. Everybody argues, everybody is so mean and hateful, I think that there is about 5 reality show just here where I live. “State of Affairs” was new, different plot, new characters, something new on T.V. for a change. I work all the time. The only shows I stop for is State of Affairs, Once Upon a Time and Night Shift. Unfortunately I have to record them most of the time for viewing on my day off. I was crazy about how this show ended, I wanted to see if the incoming jeep was the previously assumed killed American that was helping get Fada out in the open. Or if it was someone from that other organization with all the money and Connections. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!

  4. Annece Bailey says:

    I Love this show. Please don’t cancel. Move it to a better time slot, not against an already established show or may need to move to a different network. I have trouble with local sports shows bumping it to show their shows.. Fox or USA maybe??

  5. Kim Grzegorczy says:

    Should have never cancelled this show. There is way to much reality t.v out there and its scripted at that. You took a great show and cancelled it without giving it enough time to pick up in ratings. This is what is getting done to most shows. It is ridiculous

  6. Jerry says:

    State of Affairs was an on coming show. Probably would do better during the summer. I wish they would let the mid-west into the ratings cause your always canceling the shows we like. Another reason to watch ESPN.

  7. David says:

    I can’t believe State of Affairs has been cancelled, I thought the program was great!!

  8. Joan Moran says:

    Please reconsider “State of Affairs”–it was a good show and I looked forward to its return.

  9. Judy Irons says:

    I love this show. Please give it a chance. Getting tired of all the reality shows, talent shows, etc. They are all getting old. PLEASE, PLEASE, RECONSIDER!!!

  10. robert maxwell says:

    Reading the articles on the cancelation of state of affairs i am appaled to see that the first show ever to have a truly kick ass lady president and cia cheif that isnt tied up in her panties to stand and listen as a full blown airstrike goes in on her lover the first real good ledypres movie and they can it that has got to say something about the brains in the heads of those network execs or thwe lack there of. Iv waited all winter for the next episode…Faah I wont do that for another cliffhanger expletive deleted to all of them

  11. bud miller says:

    One of the only shows I watch. I thought they were finally coming out with good show instead of the reality crap. my other favorite new shows are Blacklist,forever, & cybercrime I agree stupid is as stupid does.

  12. Joan Sorters says:

    Shame on NBC for not giving it a ‘CHANCE’…I loved this show, great writing and fine actors!! If the networks are not careful, they are going to ‘CUT-OFF’ the hand that feeds them!! I am almost afraid NOW to even try out a NEW series because it will show for maybe 3 months then re-runs then NEVER come back….WHO wants to watch messes like this??? The NEW way programs are being aired now SUCK!!

  13. Bob sanders says:

    Stupid is as stupid does. State of affairs is a good show I watch the whole season and set recorder to pick it up when it came back on. Not only is a bad idea to take it off u should do a longer series . I don’t watch the voice at all.

  14. Why would they end “State of Affairs” ???? Doesn’t NBC know when they have a good series???? Please keep this show.

  15. Martha says:

    State of Affairs gave a realistic side to D.C., showing some good, some bad with the politicians and those in the W.H. Guess the Libs couldn’t stand the honesty.

  16. Tammy says:

    Why would they cancel State of Affairs ????
    One of the best Drama Series on TV right now !!
    Who are these people that pick the shows I mean really Grimm ,Zombies , Constantine ,these shows can’t be in demand ridiculous !!

  17. nell bonner says:

    bring back state of affairs. so realistic and believable.

  18. Kuht says:

    the stupidest show I have ever see, not even realistic

  19. Anna says:

    Loved this show. It keeps you in suspense and it makes you want to come back to see what happens next. I hope it comes back.Please.

  20. Meredith says:

    LOVE this show. I think people were slow to try it but once they do, they’re hooked! Really hope it comes back for another season!

  21. I love State of The Affairs, I hope the ratings kick back up!

  22. Chicago860 says:

    Pandering drivel. The Hillary Hour.

  23. dji says:

    when you cast this hot mess of a woman for the lead this is what you get. i hope it gets canceled fsat.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Its also unbelievable. Although the job is a real one, in no way is that person so involved with POTUS. And what’s with all the cleavage? Women at the WH dress conservatively. Small things, but if you’re going to do s drama about a real thing or person, at least attempt to get some of it right.

  24. Glad to see that NBC is getting screwed for messing around with The Blacklist. Nuts to Katherine Heigl.

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