Monday was a good night for the DC Comics-inspired dramas “Supergirl” on CBS and “Gotham” on Fox, both of which edged up week to week and seemed to have contributed to declines for ABC’s competing “Dancing With the Stars.” NBC led the broadcasters as usual with “The Voice” and “Blindspot,” which were the top two entertainment programs of the night.
ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” was expected to win the night with its contest between the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals, which averaged an 8.6 overnight household rating, according to Nielsen — up from last week’s season-low 8.1 for the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. The Texans’ surprise victory over the previously undefeated Bengals delivered a 26.1 rating in Houston (15.7 on ESPN and a 10.4 on KIAH-CW) and a 44.6 in Cincinnati (15.6 on ESPN and 29.0 on WLWT-NBC).
According to preliminary national estimates from, “Supergirl” averaged a 1.8 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, up a tick from last week when the show saw its second straight sizable decline following its strong premiere (which benefited from a lead-in from “The Big Bang Theory”). It still placed third among the broadcasters in 18-49 for its timeslot, but pulled to within a tick of ABC’s “Dancing,” which had beaten it by a quarter of a ratings point the previous week (1.95 vs. 1.7). Last week’s “Supergirl” grew in Live+3 to a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall.
While the audience for Fox’s “Gotham” was again about 60-65% male in various age groups, the audience for “Supergirl” remains more balanced gender-wise at about 50-55% male. The rookie won head-to-head in all key female categories.
Despite last night’s uptick for “Supergirl,” CBS saw a 0.2 decline at 9 p.m. for “Scorpion” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), which fell to its season low. And at 10 p.m., “NCIS: Los Angeles” held up pretty well (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), down a tick from the 1.3 it had done with its last three originals.
At Fox, “Gotham” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) continued its steady performance of late, up a tenth from last week; it has been at either a 1.5 or 1.6 with seven of its eight airings this fall. The Batman prequel edged out “Supergirl” in 18-34 for a second straight week (1.2 vs. 1.1) and led the broadcasters for its 8 o’clock hour in men 18-34 (1.5/6). “Minority Report” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), back after a week off, was up a tenth from its prior episode.
NBC’s numbers are likely inflated due to a preemption in Cincinnati for football, but “Blindspot” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) is at a preliminary five-week high in 18-49, matching the combined scores of the competing dramas on CBS and ABC in its 10 o’clock hour. Last week’s episode did a 2.2 in the demo and 7.7 million total viewers, spiking to a 3.7 and a little over 12 million total viewers in Live+3 estimates. Kicking off the night, “The Voice” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 11.5 million viewers overall) was down a smidge in the prelims but again stood as the night’s No. 1 entertainment series in key demos.
At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) was down from its in-season high of last week (2.0 in 18-49, 12.6 million total viewers) but was slightly above its season average; it led all series on the night in total viewers and ABC edged out NBC for the night’s bragging rights. At 10 p.m., “Castle’ continues to labor (1.1/4 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) but was up a tenth from its low of last week.
CW’s numbers are likely inflated by football, with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” averaging a 0.4 in 18-49 and 1.2 million viewers overall in the prelims, and “Jane the Virgin” at a 0.6/2 in the demo and 1.5 million total viewers. As they currently stand, these would be season highs.