Original Episodes of Monday Series Take a Ratings Hit Opposite Winter Olympics

Almost Human

All six of the firstrun episodes of series airing Monday on the broadcast networks lost some of their young-adult audience from the previous week, as NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics stole some viewers and dominated another night.

At the Peacock, the fifth night of the Sochi Games averaged a 6.4 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 and 22.2 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 p.m., with these numbers subject to revision in the nationals. In metered-market overnights, Monday’s Olympics action, which included women’s alpine skiing, men’s freestyle skiing and men’s short track, earned a 13.7 overnight rating — down from the 15-plus ratings for Saturday and Sunday.

Fox aired original episodes of its male-friendly dramas “Almost Human” (1.5 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “The Following” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), which hit lows and were down 17% and 10% respectively vs. the previous week. Still, “Almost Human” (pictured) managed to rise slightly week to week in persons 12-34.

ABC’s “The Bachelor” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) declined 11% from its above-average delivery of last week, placing second to the Olympics in 18-49 from 8 to 10 and standing as the night’s No. 1-rated series. A special repeat of last Thursday’s episode of latenight series “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) filled out the 10 o’clock hour.

CBS aired comedy repeats and then an original episode of “Intelligence” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which was down 13% (0.2) from last week when it enjoyed a roughly 70% stronger lead-in. The net curiously opted to not air a repeat of its top Monday show, “How I Met Your Mother” (perhaps preparing for its departure in less than two months), and instead went with “2 Broke Girls” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) in the 8 o’clock hour. They were followed by regular-timeslot encores of “Mike & Molly” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.4/3 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall).

Univision tied CBS for third place among the broadcasters in 18-49, getting another strong performance from “Lo Que la Vida Me Robo” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall).

At CW, both “Hart of Dixie” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) were down a bit in demos from last week, though the latter looks to be up slightly in total viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 6.4/17; ABC, 1.9/5; Fox, 1.6/4; CBS and Univision, 1.3/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 22.2 million; ABC, 6.3 million; Fox, 6.0 million; CBS, 5.0 million; Univision, 3.2 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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  1. Roberta Marshall says:

    I love Almost Human. Please don’t let it be cancelled. There are a million plot twists available for this show between the real humans, androids of different functioning levels, and genetically modified people. I’ve loved every one of them so far. I really like Karl Urban’s character. I’m a middle aged woman and I know hot when I see it; he is. The futuristic setting has a moody Blade Runner quality to it. J. J. Abrams probably cost the network, but he’s worth it. This is a great show and deserves to be given a solid regular timeslot to pick up more viewers.

  2. TD says:

    Almost Human has been a favorite of mine since it started. I hope it makes the cut. Move it to another night, give it a better chance and see if it can garner a second wind and larger market share. I sure would hate to see it go. There’s barely any watchable broadcast TV left as it is. I didn’t like the character Karl Urban played at first; but he has grown on me.

  3. Yirmin says:

    It isn’t surprising. The reality is that the other networks had already taken to showing repeats and filler leading up to the Olympics so frankly I didn’t even think that any programming would even be new.

    If the other networks were smart they would come out full force with new programming during the Olympics and then you would see a real impact which would likely be less than any would expect.

    Who even bothers to watch the Olympics anyways, you are watching something you already know the winner and loser of and if you really wanted to watch it you would have used the internet to stream it live instead of a 10 hour tape delay.

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