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UPDATE: ‘Castle’ Up, ‘Hostages’ Steady, But ‘Blacklist’ Still Rules Monday at 10

ABC drama matches its season high in 18-49; timeslot switch boosts CBS' '2 Broke Girls'

UPDATE: All three of the original CBS comedies edged up in the nationals — “How I Met Your Mother” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 7.98 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.99m) and “Mom” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.83m).

In the battle for top Monday drama in 18-49, Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” was also up a tenth (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.59m), pulling a bit closer to NBC’s “The Blacklist” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 10.93m), which edged down; ratings for the James Spader drama do not include Indianapolis, where the network’s station was airing football.

There were no 18-49 changes for NBC’s “The Voice” or ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle.”

On cable, ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” matchup between Indianapolis and San Diego (4.7/13 in 18-49, 11.95 million viewers overall) led the way. Airing at the same time, TBS’ postseason baseball game between St. Louis and Los Angeles did a 1.3/4 and 4.83 million viewers overall.


NBC easily bested its rivals on Monday behind “The Voice” and “The Blacklist,” the latter of which still controlled its hour in demos despite gains by ABC’s “Castle.” Over at CBS, a revamped comedy lineup boosted “2 Broke Girls” in its new timeslot, while rookie drama “Hostages” stabilized in its fourth week.

According to preliminary national estimates, “The Voice” averaged a 4.5 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., in line with last week and standing as the night’s No. 1 broadcast in just about every under-55 category. It was followed by “The Blacklist” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), which was also on par with last week and led its hour among the Big Four in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers.

Note that due to a preemption in Indianapolis for Colts football, NBC’s early numbers could be a bit inflated.

ABC edged past CBS in 18-49 for the night behind week-to-week gains for both “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 11.1 million viewers overall). “Castle” matched its season high in 18-49 and hit a two-year high in adults 18-34 (1.7/5).

CBS was led as usual by “How I Met Your Mother” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), which placed second at 8 p.m. in 18-49 and first in both adults 18-34 (2.9/10) and men 18-34 (3.0/11), ruling as Monday’s No. 1 broadcast in the latter. “2 Broke Girls” slid into its new timeslot at 8:30 p.m. (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), and was up both vs. its 9 p.m. averages of last week and well above what “We Are Men” did in its second and final episode at 8:30 (1.8/5 in 18-49).

A special repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” at 9 (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) did about as well in 18-49 as last week’s original “2 Broke Girls,” but “Mom” came down a bit in 18-49 at 9:30 (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) while gaining in total viewers. And at 10, “Hostages” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago score to avoid its first week-to-week decline. CBS is hoping it can provide “Hostages” a stronger lead-in when original episodes of “Mike & Molly” join the lineup at 9 p.m. starting Nov. 4.

Fox’s “Bones” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) were down a bit from last week, with the latter posting its lowest same-night score to date. Still, “Sleepy” has been a very strong DVR gainer, and figures to pile up the playback on a night when there was postseason baseball action, in addition to the usual “Monday Night Football,” competing for male eyeballs.

Fox was the only Big Four net up vs. the same night a year ago.

At CW, both “Hart of Dixie” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) matched their week-ago season premieres while gaining a tick in 18-34.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.0/11; Fox, 2.3/6; ABC, 2.1/6; CBS, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.4/4; Telemundo, 0.5/1; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 13.0 million; ABC, 12.2 million; Fox, 7.3 million; CBS, 7.0 million; Univision, 3.6 million; Telemundo, 1.1 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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