‘Voice,’ ‘Blacklist’ Keep NBC on Top Monday; ‘Scorpion,’ ‘Gotham’ Drop in Third Weeks

UPDATE: In updated nationals from Nielsen released Tuesday afternoon, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 12.74 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 9.90 million viewers overall) were revised upward by a tenth, so the net’s overall 18-49 average on the night (2.0) was its same as the comparable night a year ago.

At NBC, “The Voice” went up a tick (3.7/11 in 18-49, 12.41 million viewers overall), leaving it down 8% week to week (4.0) and 20% lower than last year (4.6). “The Blacklist” lost a tenth (2.6/8 in 18-49, 9.98 million viewers overall), making it down 7% from last week and 16% lower than its third episode last year (3.1).

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” went up a tick in the nationals (4.5/14 in 18-49, 15.75 million viewers overall), meaning it was 6% below last week’s score (4.8) and 12% below its third Thursday outing of last year (5.1). There were no demo adjustments for “Scorpion” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 11.93 million viewers overall) or “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 8.68 million viewers overall); the newbie was up 12% from last year’s comedy hour (2.2), while the vet crime drama was up 33% over last year’s “Hostages” in the timeslot (1.2).

Fox’s “Gotham” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 6.36 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.46 million viewers overall) stayed at their prelim levels. For the night, the net’s 2.1 rating in 18-49 was down 13% from last year’s 2.4 — with “Gotham” up 19% from last year’s “Bones,” and “Sleepy” off a big 39% from its own performance of a year ago.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” was the No. 1 show of the night in 18-49 (4.8), but this repped a season low for the franchise. Its 13.12 million viewers overall is the franchise’s second lowest of the football season.

In baseball, the National League Division Series game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers averaged a 0.8 rating in 18-49 and 2.89 million viewers overall on Fox Sports 1.

 

NBC topped its rivals on Monday behind “The Voice” and “The Blacklist,” with the latter re-establishing itself as the night’s top drama in demos. CBS’ “Scorpion” and Fox’s “Gotham” dropped off some in their third weeks, but continue to rank among the season’s top new dramas.

“Scorpion” and “Gotham” finished with the same 18-49 score last night, as they did with their Sept. 22 premieres. It was the Fox show that fell off more in week two, while the CBS program was the one that declined more in week three.

Overall, the night saw generally lower ratings across the board as the post-premiere glow has faded and viewers are more likely to time-shift shows. Also, postseason baseball — in addition to the usual “Monday Night Football” — likely is keeping others from watching their favorite entertainment series live.

According to “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, NBC was the top broadcaster in five of six half-hours Monday with “The Voice” (3.6 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) and “The Blacklist” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall). The former was down about 10% from last week (and by 1 full ratings point from last year), while the latter limited its decline to one tenth and won comfortably in 18-49 over its established drama competitors “Castle” (1.9) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6).

One week earlier, “Blacklist” was tied with Fox’s “Gotham” as the night’s No. 2 drama in 18-49 (2.8), with both lagging CBS’ “Scorpion” (3.1).

Last night, though, “Scorpion” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall) declined by more than 15% from its strong week-2 score of last week (3.1), but remained Monday’s No. 1 drama in both adults 25-54 (3.6/8) and total viewers. It was second to “The Voice” among the Big Four in its 9 o’clock hour.

Kicking off the night for CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” (4.4/14 in 18-49, 15.5 million viewers overall) was down about 8% week to week but again ruled as the night’s No. 1 entertainment series in just about all categories. Its 8:30 p.m. repeat (2.9/9 in 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) was a couple of ticks lower than last week. And at 10 p.m., “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) pretty much followed its “Scorpion” lead-in, down about 15% from its week-ago season premiere.

CBS continues to be a big year-over-year Monday gainer in the early going this season, up vs. the same night a year ago by 37% in adults 18-49 and 82% in total viewers.

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) held steady, and “Castle” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) was down three tenths from its good season premiere of last week.

For Fox, “Gotham” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) was down three tenths from last week, again placing third among the Big Four in 18-49 in its very tough timeslot; it was Monday’s No. 1 drama among men 18-49 (2.8/9) and persons 12-34 (1.9/7). “Sleepy Hollow” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) held steady, and thus was able to close the gap with CBS’ declining “Scorpion.”

At CW, it was a modest start to the season for sophomore drama “The Originals” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall), which was in line with its May season finale when it aired on Tuesday. It was followed by “A Very Special Supernatural Special” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) in advance of “Supernatural’s” season premiere set for tonight. Together, the programs helped provide nice time period improvement for the net, drawing its best Monday 18-49 score in almost two years, since the “Gossip Girl” finale.

Last week’s adults 18-49 gains in “live plus-3”: “The Big Bang Theory” (1.7); “The Blacklist” (1.5); “Gotham” (1.4); “Scorpion” (1.1); “Sleepy Hollow” (0.9); “The Voice,” “Castle” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.8); “Dancing With the Stars” (0.4).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.3/10; CBS, 2.6/8; Fox, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.0/3; CW, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 11.5 million; CBS, 11.4 million; ABC, 11.3 million; Fox, 5.4 million; Univision, 2.7 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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