NBC’s Hot ‘Blacklist’ Wraps Fall With Top Rating Since Premiere

It and 'The Voice' are the dominant broadcast programs Monday; Fox's 'Almost Human' dips

The Blacklist

NBC’s “The Blacklist” ended its fall run with a bang, logging its highest ratings since its premiere and teaming with “The Voice” to make the Peacock the dominant broadcaster on the night.

ESPN figures to win the night overall. The “Monday Night Football” matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks delivered a 10.6 overnight household rating, up from the 9.1 for last week’s San Francisco-Washington but down from the 11.2 of two weeks ago for New England-Carolina (which translated to 15.8 million viewers). Monday’s much-anticipated game figured to rate higher, but was rather lopsided from the start as the Seahawks rolled 34-7.

At NBC, “The Voice” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 12.4 million viewers overall) was the top entertainment series in its two-hour block as the music competition edged up from last week. And at 10, “The Blacklist” (3.5/10 in 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) was up 17% week to week in 18-49 and 12% in total viewers — topping the previous seven episodes for the show’s best scores since its premiere. “The Voice” figures to edge ahead of “Blacklist” in the nationals, but the drama should finish with its best 18-49 retention yet; the previous best was last week’s 88% hold (3.0 vs. 3.4).

This was the conclusion of a two-part fall finale of “The Blacklist,” which will return Jan. 13. Monday’s episode may have picked up some drama viewers from ABC, which preempted “Castle” for the first time this season.

(Note that due to NBC’s early numbers including a preemption in New Orleans for the Saints game, the net’s program averages could come down a bit.)

Elsewhere, CBS was a solid second to NBC from 8 to 9 p.m. with “How I Met Your Mother” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and “2 Broke Girls” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), which were on the high end of their range and the former again beating “The Voice” head-to-head in 18-34 (2.6 to 2.3). The Eye then fell off some, but remained runner-up among the broadcasters, with 9 o’clock hour comedies “Mike & Molly” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), with the latter drawing its largest audience since its premiere.

And holding at its low level was 10 p.m. drama “Hostages” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) tumbled nearly 30% from last year’s 2.9 rating on a Wednesday, placing third among the Big Four in 18-49. And from 9 to 11 p.m., “CMA Country Christmas” (1.5/4 in the demo and 7.3 million viewers overall) was up a tick from last year. For the night, ABC placed third among the broadcasters in 18-49.

Fox’s “Almost Human” lost a little more steam (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), down 11% (0.2) from last week. The net aired a repeat of “Sleepy Hollow” at 9 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall).

CW preempted its dramas for a repeat of movie “It’s a Very Muppet Christmas Movie” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and showed week-to-week gains in some categories.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.5/9; CBS, 2.0/5; ABC, 1.6/4; Fox, 1.3/3; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.5/1; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 12.4 million; ABC, 7.3 million; CBS, 6.9 million; Fox, 4.5 million; Univision, 2.8 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 1.1 million.