Monday Ratings: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Gotham’ Up Week to Week

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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.


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  1. BrianM5 says:

    Fingers crossed for Supergirl season two. Really enjoying the show. It’s not perfect, but it’s only aired four episodes. First seasons are often about seeing what works, what doesn’t and retooling it along the way. I find the show’s earnest approach and positive attitude refreshing, so I’m willing to sit back and give it room to grow and get even better. And it’s the only show I watch with commercials.

  2. Dunstan says:

    The sooner shows like “Dancing With the Stars” are canceled, the better. These ridiculous competition shows are nothing more than game shows set in a different venue. And they’re boring beyond belief.

    I have no problem understanding anyone’s dialogue on “Supergirl.” Don’t know why milo1 can’t.

    As for “Supergirl” being “one of the best TV shows ever,” you need to learn a bit about the history of television. Or even take a look at shows like “Daredevil,” “The Americans,” “Peaky Blinders” and others too numerous to mention. “Supergirl” is fairly standard stuff; calling it one of the best does a disservice to shows that are far better. And “Empire” is pure soap opera crap.

  3. Pathetic times says:

    The judging on ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS has been atrocious this season. I wonder if that coupled with the departure of Tamar Braxton caused the big drop in ratings and viewers. This is normally the week when DWTS soars to new highs in demo and viewers. They’ll be none of that this season. I know a lot of people I’ve talked to have said they are not watching the finale because of the prejudice shown by the judging panel, constantly berating Tamar even when she had flawless to nearly flawless routines, all while constantly giving Bindi over-the-top praise for lackluster and mistake filled performances. Also quite suspect is the fact that non-dancers that truly grew and became great dancers such as Andy Grammar and Hayes Grier, got low balled and criticized weekly by the judges, while another non-dancer that still can’t dance is going to the finals to compete for the trophy. It’s results like these that make it understandable why the ratings and total viewers are so low this year and why millions of viewers have bailed on the show. This year’s finale will see a record low demo and total viewer number. Congrats to the showrunners and producers for alienating your core audience and killing the show. Great job.

  4. milo1 says:

    I could like Supergirl if the woman on it would learn to talk like woman with some meaning in their voice . Whats with this silly wispery type voice and barely moving their mouths to speak . I can t understand what is being said most of the time . The guys are fine on the show , but come on gals speak properly so people can understand you .

  5. Lolly Pagano says:

    Sincerely hoping ratings for Supergirl would be much higher after all the wonderful promotion accorded the actress by producers, showrunners and CBS network. If people can watch EMPIRE and cause off the chart ratings, why can’t they enjoy the marvelous efforts of Supergirl. Those who do not watch are missing out on the best TV show ever. The cast is great. Also it has diversity. There is a Black man star. What more do people want? Everyone watch Supergirl and make it the hit show it should be. Please do not let the ratings adjust down. That would be dissappointing.

    • Anthony says:

      Yeah, cause diversity is exactly what I’m looking for when I want to be entertained, /not
      The writing sucks and the PC is way overboard. This show will be cancelled and rightfully so.

      • Jane says:

        Lol what? The big three hasn’t been just the big three for quite some time now. Ratings wise FOX is literally in the same category as ABC, NBC, and CBS. Fox is now considered the fourth major network and has had multiple years where they’ve lead all networks in overall ratings. Why do you think FOX hosted the Superbowl the year before last, and hosted the World Series this year? Fox has had multiple shows that have lead in ratings at one point or another like Glee, American Idol, Empire etc. Gotham isn’t burdened in the slightest by being on FOX as oppose to ABC, NBC, or CBS. Look up the history of the big three on Wikipedia.
        Scroll down to the second paragraph and read everything they say about FOX. While traditionalists insists on keeping the name big three, in reality rating wise it’s now a big four as in ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Nice try though.

      • Joel says:

        @Jane SUPERGIRL gets higher ratings than GOTHAM solely because it is on a major network. Shows on CBS, NBC, and ABC always get stronger numbers than shows on the CW or Fox. Even EMPIRE would get bigger ratings if it were on one of the Big Three.

      • Jane says:

        Lol stop trolling. Supergirl will not be getting cancelled anytime soon and will most definitely be back for season 2, especially if it keeps getting better ratings than Gotham. Gotham is two episodes away from it’s mid-season finale, while Supergirl is just getting started. The moment Gotham goes on mid-season hiatus Supergirl will get at least half of the viewers that would normally be watching Gotham, if not more. If anything we can expect a huge bump in ratings for Supergirl in the next few weeks or so.

    • Carlos says:

      “Also it has diversity. There is a Black man star. What more do people want? ”

      Hahahaha! Not this!

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