NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ Strong in Week Two; CBS’ ‘We Are Men’ Opens Modestly

'Bones,' 'Sleepy Hollow' solid for Fox while 'Castle' posts year-over-year gains for ABC

UPDATE: The numbers for “The Blacklist” came down more than expected in the nationals, due to a two-minute spillover from “The Voice” that was counted in its early estimates this morning; those early numbers also included Saints football on NBC’s station in New Orleans. The new series dropped 13% from its premiere to a 3.3/9 in 18-49 and 11.35 million total viewers — a good hold of its premiere scores but not as strong as originally reported based on the morning numbers.

Audiences must have liked what they saw in the premiere of NBC’s “The Blacklist,” as the James Spader drama retained most of its audience in its second week. It and “The Voice” powered the Peacock to a first-place finish on Monday, a night that saw a soft premiere for CBS half-hour “We Are Men.”

Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” meanwhile, continued to hold up well in its third week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” was again Monday’s No. 1 entertainment series (4.6 rating/13 share in adults 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall), down nearly 10% from last week but on par with the second week of the television season a year ago. From 8 to 10 p.m., it beat runner-up Fox by 6 shares in 18-49.

At 10, “The Blacklist” averaged a potent 3.6/10 in 18-49 and 12.1 million viewers overall, down just 5% from its premiere of a week ago (3.8) and nearly matching the combined delivery of dramas on ABC and CBS (3.7). Even if it edges down in the nationals to a 3.5, that would leave it ahead of last year’s “Revolution” on the second Monday of last season (3.2).

Over at CBS, “How I Met Your Mother” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) was down about 15% from its hourlong season opener of last week, ranking second in its half-hour in 18-49 and first in adults 18-34 (2.9/10). The net sprung a leak, though, at 8:30 p.m. with the premiere of “We Are Men” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), which tied with ABC for third in 18-49 and was merely in line with the second week of last year’s unsuccessful “Partners” in the timeslot.

The softness at 8:30 p.m. affected the Eye’s 9 o’clock hour comedies, as both “2 Broke Girls” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) were off a little more than 10% from their premieres of last week. “Mom” continues to retain most of its lead-in, but “Broke” is clearly not as strong an anchor as CBS might have hoped, tumbling about 30% from last year despite the comparable lead-in

Finishing the night, “Hostages” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) was down 17% (0.3) from its modest premiere of last week, placing a distant third in the hour.

Fox’s “Bones” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) bounced back from last week, up about 15%. And at 9, “Sleepy Hollow” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) was down just a tick from its 3.1 last week and half a ratings point from its pre-season premiere (3.5). All signs are very positive for “Sleepy,” which has also been very strong in DVR playback.

Fox continues to show nice gains on Monday vs. last year, when it was weighed down by “The Mob Doctor.”

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 12.8 million viewers overall) was down from last week but in line with its same demo score on the second week of last year’s fall TV season. And “Castle” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall)   may be benefiting from CBS’ softness in the 10 o’clock hour, as the veteran mystery series matched its premiere score and was up about 15% from its second episode of last season.

CW’s telecast of the “iHeart Radio Music Festival” did tiny numbers (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.3/12; Fox, 2.6/7; ABC and CBS, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.3/4; CW and Telemundo, 0.4/1

In total viewers: NBC, 13.5 million; ABC, 12.2 million; Fox, 7.5 million; CBS, 6.8 million; Univision, 3.4 million; CW, 1.1 million.