CBS’ ‘Intelligence’ is Lacking in Timeslot Debut Monday

Intelligence (CBS)

Net's comedy block does better; NBC's 'Blacklist' down without 'The Voice' but leads its hour

UPDATE:  CBS drama “Intelligence” edged up in the nationals released late Tuesday by Nielsen, rising to a 1.2/3 in 18-49 and 6.20 million viewers overall. Also increasing was its lead-in, “Mom” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.50m). These were the only broadcast programs to be adjusted.


Perhaps those commercials during football over the weekend touting “Intelligence” as the year’s biggest new show were a bit premature, because the CBS drama looked shaky in its first regular-timeslot airing Monday, getting trounced in demos by both NBC’s “The Blacklist” and ABC’s “Castle.”

Thanks to its comedy block, CBS still led the night in key demos — tied with the other three nets in 18-49 and winning outright in 25-54 — but “Intelligence” settled for a 1.1 rating/3 share in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen prelims, down 54% in the demo and 63% in overall audience from its preview last Tuesday behind an original episode of “NCIS.” The Eye was hoping to strengthen its standing in Monday’s 10 o’clock hour after “Hostages” performed poorly there, but the Josh Holloway-fronted “Intelligence” wasn’t much of an improvement.

The net fared better kicking off the night, as “How I Met Your Mother” (3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) was the night’s No. 1 program in young adults, and “2 Broke Girls” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) followed with timeslot victories of their own. “Mom,” at 9:30 p.m., held on to more than 85% of its “Mike & Molly” lead-in, but that placed it behind two-hour unscripted programs on both ABC and NBC, both of which peaked in their final half-hours.

Each CBS comedy was up vs. its prior original episode, and “2 Broke Girls,” “Mike & Molly” and “Mom” all drew their largest overall audiences of the season.

Elsewhere, NBC’s “The Blacklist” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) had a pretty good showing considering it didn’t have a lead-in from “The Voice.” The season’s hottest new show won its hour in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers, though it posted its lowest scores to date and was about 17% lower than the 3.0 demo rating it averaged with its final five originals of 2013, airing after the highly rated NBC music contest.

From 8 to 10 p.m., the special “American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan” did a 1.9/5 in 18-49 and 5.6 million viewers overall, rising from a 1.5 in the demo at 8 to a 2.2 at 9:30.

At ABC, “The Bachelor” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) was down more than 15% from its strong season premiere of last week (opposite mostly repeats on the competition) but still ranked a solid second to CBS for its two-hour block in 18-49. And “Castle” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) was up 12% (0.2) from the previous week to place second at 10 o’clock.

Fox’s “Almost Human” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) was up 11% (0.2) from the previous week’s original, and “Sleepy Hollow” followed (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), on par with its prior original in 18-49, which had been the low-water mark of its rookie season. “Sleepy” wraps next week with a two-hour episode.

Back with originals for the first time in seven weeks, CW’s “Hart of Dixie” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) was up in demos while drawing its largest overall audience since last April, and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) was in line with its previous perfs.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox all tied with a 2.1/6; Univision, 1.3/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 8.2 million; CBS, 8.0 million; NBC, 6.8 million; Fox, 6.6 million; Univision, 3.1 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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  1. Jacques Strappe says:

    American television viewers shun Intelligence, embrace Stupidity. CBS vows to deliver even lower IQ programming next season. Les Mooves proclaims “Intelligence will NEVER appear on CBS as long as he is in charge.”

  2. fyere says:

    Ouch @ Intelligence.

    Happy to see Almost Human up. It’s too bad it’s taking another three-week hiatus already, but hopefully it can keep its momentum.

  3. Robert Charles says:

    Very nice production. But suffers from the writing of female characters that do not follow orders like Covert Affairs. Guess I should be grateful fir the male lead. Im not but doesnt matter. Mw wife will watch it.

    Obsolete Gender

  4. Shannon says:

    I enjoyed the premiere of Intelligence, but due to being a long-time viewer of ‘Castle’ and having already investing time watching ‘The Blacklist’, the time slot for Intelligence on Monday nights is what caused me, as well as I’m sure others to not watch the second episode of Intelligence. I’ll have to watch it on demand for now or hope the network places it on another, less crowded night.

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