UPDATED WITH FINALS/CABLE: It was mostly status quo on the fourth Monday of the television season, which saw NBC remain on top in demos with “The Voice” and hot rookie “Blindspot” while CBS’ new comedy “Life in Pieces” again fumbled away about half its lead-in from the night’s highest-rated series, “The Big Bang Theory.” The night also saw a weak start for CW newcomer “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” while the net’s “Jane the Virgin” was low in its return.
According to national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.96 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., in line with last week and again winning its two-hour block among the broadcasters in 18-49. It was followed by “Blindspot” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 8.45 million viewers overall), which posted the first week-over-week gain in same-night viewing for any new fall series just a few days after the network gave the new drama a full season. “Blindspot” beat its combined “Castle”-“NCIS: Los Angeles” competition in 18-49 (2.5 vs. 2.2).
At CW, critically acclaimed hourlong comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” averaged a mere 0.3/1 in 18-49 and 899,000 viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, down from the 0.6 and 1.61 million for the series premiere of “Jane the Virgin” on a Monday in mid-October of last year. It did a 0.2 in the network’s target 18-34 demo and a 0.3 in women 18-34. The network showed confidence in the series last week, ordering five more scripts even before its premiere.
As for “Jane,” it kicked off its second season with a 0.4/1 in 18-49 and 1.06 million viewers overall, on par with the show’s lowest deliveries during its first season. It did a 0.5 rating in adults 18-34 (tied with Fox’s “Minority Report”) and a 0.7 in women 18-34.
At CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” (3.9/13 in 18-49, 14.96 million viewers overall) held steady, and “Life in Pieces” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.84 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week and saw its retention of the veteran comedy dropped to 46%. “Scorpion” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.40 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 7.84 million viewers overall) were both down tick.
ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 11.64 million viewers overall) matched last week’s rating, and “Castle” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.78 million viewers overall), which didn’t air in Pittsburgh due to the football game, was down a tenth.
Fox’s “Gotham” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.17 million viewers overall) and “Minority Report” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.05 million viewers overall) held at their scores of last week. Fox announced last Friday that the season order for “Minority Report” has been trimmed from 13 episodes to 10, meaning it will finish its season this fall.
In cable, FX’s second-season premiere of “Fargo” averaged a 0.48 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.59 million viewers overall from 10 to 11:09 p.m., putting it below all but one of its first season’s 10 episodes. Among the show’s challenges Monday, it was airing on a new night and for the first time in about 16 months; it also had the tough task of opening against NFL action on ESPN and baseball playoffs on TBS. FX will release L+3 numbers early next week.
ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” averaged a season-low 4.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.18 million viewers overall for its matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers. The game, which was a snoozer until an exciting fourth quarter, drew more than three times the demo rating of the second most popular cable program of the night, VH1’s “Love and Hip-Hop Hollywood” (1.4).
In baseball, the early-evening St. Louis-Chicago game in the National League Division Series averaged a 1.7 rating in 18-49 and 5.78 million viewers overall on TBS. It was followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers-New York Mets contest, which did a 1.2 in the demo and 3.96 million viewers overall on TBS from 9:37 p.m. to 12:34 a.m. ET; the game had aired on TNT for about 90 minutes as there wasn’t enough time allotted between games for TBS to air them both without any overlap.
Earlier in the day on FS1, the Kansas City-Houston game in the American League Divisional Series on FSI did a 0.6 in 18-49 and 2.21 million total viewers, and the ALDS between Toronto and Texas did a 0.5 and 1.98 million.