Ratings UPDATE: ‘Monday Night Football’ Strong; ‘Blindspot,’ ‘Supergirl’ Hit Lows

Monday Night Football Ratings Buffalo New
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UPDATED WITH FINALS: The Monday kicking off a holiday week produced lower-than-usual same-night ratings numbers for top shows NBC’s “The Voice” and “Blindspot,” with the former impacted by the final performance episode of competing reality series “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC and the latter dropping to a low even with its fall finale. Also on the decline and hitting a low was CBS rookie “Supergirl,” which is now delivering a young-adult audience on par with CW’s “The Flash” and only a little ahead of Fox’s “Gotham.”

Impacting the broadcast networks on Monday was an above-average “Monday Night Football” game on ESPN. Its Buffalo Bills-New England Patriots matchup averaged a 5.1 rating in adults 18-49 (a four-week high in the demo) and 14.26 million viewers overall. The game had hit a season high in the overnights with a 10.0 household rating, but that didn’t hold up in the nationals; the total-viewer count last night ranks fourth among the season’s 12 “MNF” contests to date.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 13.29 million viewers overall — up vs. last week (1.8 in the demo, 12.35 million) but not as high as its strong performance on the same night a year ago (2.5, 14.9 million). The fall finale of “Castle” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 6.65 million) was on par with last week.

At NBC, “The Voice” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 10.29 million viewers overall) saw its typical pre-Thanksgiving decline opposite the final Monday “Dancing,” but easily beat the ABC program in demos and impressively matched its performance on the year-ago night in the demo (2.6) while rising 7% in total viewers (from 9.6 million). Closing the night, “Blindspot” was down 0.2 to its low, but still dominated its broadcast competition and towered over the 1.4 that “State of Affairs” did in the hour a year ago for the Peacock. Despite lower numbers this week, NBC again won all six half-hours in 18-49 among the broadcast networks.

CBS’ “Supergirl” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 7.19 million viewers overall) was down 0.3 to its season low and in line with what the network did on the same night a year ago with a new “2 Broke Girls” and a repeat “The Big Bang Theory.” “Scorpion” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.95 million viewers overall) held steady week to week, building on “Supergirl” by 0.2, and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.80 million viewers overall) was slightly lower than last week.

At Fox, “Gotham” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.00 million viewers overall) was down a tenth to its second lowest score of the fall, but it pulled within a tenth of “Supergirl” in 18-49 while the two shows tied in 18-34 (1.0). “Minority Report” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.52 million viewers overall) was down two ticks.

CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.88 million viewers overall) held steady, and “Jane the Virgin” dipped (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.98 million viewers overall). The network on Monday picked up five additional episodes of “Crazy,” bringing its first-season order to 18.

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  1. BrianM5 says:

    An average of 44 million people travel during the Thanksgiving week, so many shows’ ratings will be down. People will catch up on their DVRs over the weekend. Unfortunately for Supergirl, not only is Monday Nov 30th one of the heaviest travel days of the year, but it’s airing opposite the 50th anniversary showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Hope the powers that be take all the above into account.

    • jimbo says:

      um..Nov 30th is not one of the heaviest travel days of the year..because its Nov 29th which is the most heaviest travel days of the year, it’s airing opposite the 50th anniversary showing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas Documentary” (not the special itself until mid Dec before Christmas. Stop hating and killing on the Supergirl show. Get your info straight first

      • BrianM5 says:

        Actually I was not hating on the show. So many comic book/TV websites are practically frothing at the mouth to see this show canceled or either fans panicking that it will be. I love the show and just trying to calm fears that one (and not the only) reason for the 1.5 is due to the holiday week. My mistake about the Charlie Brown documentary. And I should have said that Nov 29th is “one” of the busiest travel days of the year (according to AAA), and not “the.” My apologies. Love the show and watch it live.

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