Each of the three new Monday broadcast series to launch last week saw double-digit declines in their second outings last night, with NBC’s “Blindspot” dropping the least and continuing to look the best. CBS’ “Life in Pieces” took the biggest fall among the newbies, though it had a much softer “The Big Bang Theory” lead-in this time around.
In Nielsen’s preliminary national estimates, “The Voice” again led its two-hour block in demos (3.3/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), trailing CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” in the night’s opening half-hour (2.7 vs. 3.6) before surging to the lead for its final 90 minutes. The music competition was down a modest 6% from last week.
“Blindspot” followed at 10 p.m. (2.6/8 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall), down 16% from its strong premiere of last week and again dominating against the veteran ABC and CBS drama competition in the hour. The new drama was a big gainer in early delayed viewing, and its 4.45 rating in Live+3 last week ranked No. 1 among all new series.
CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” (3.6/13 in 18-49, 14.9 million viewers overall) will come in down about 20% from last week’s premiere but stood as Monday’s No. 1 entertainment telecast in 18-49, 25-54 (5.1/15), 18-34 (2.2/9) as well as total viewers. And in its second week, new half-hour “Life in Pieces” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) slid 23% (0.6) from its OK premiere and placed second among the Big Four in the demo at 8:30. Retention of lead-in for “Life” was about the same as last week.
Sophomore drama “Scorpion” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) has been stung by its lower lead-in this fall, as it was accustomed to having “Big Bang Theory” lead into it for the first month of last season; it was down about 20% from its week-ago second-season premiere (2.2) to its low. Closing out the night, “NCIS: Los Angeles” remained sluggish (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) but was able to match last week’s score despite its lead-in’s sizable falloff.
Fox’s “Gotham” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) remains well down from last year’s hot start, but it was able to match last week’s premiere result. Rookie lead-out “Minority Report” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) was down 18% (0.2) from last week’s soft premiere.
The affiliate-based ratings for ABC are inflated due to football pre-emptions in Kansas City and Milwaukee. In the prelims, “Dancing With the Stars” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall) was up a little from last week, and “Castle” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) surged by about 30%.
ESPN was expected to again win Monday in most categories thanks to “Monday Night Football,” whose Kansas City-Green Bay matchup netted an 8.9 overnight household rating, according to Nielsen. Airing in the local markets on both the cable network and the ABC station, the Packers’ 38-28 victory did a 47.1 combined rating in Milwaukee and a 30.0 in Kansas City.