UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates released Tuesday afternoon, NBC’s “The Voice” was revised down a tenth (2.6/7 in 18-49, 9.60 million viewers overall) and remained the top entertainment series of the night in 18-49, but it was very close. ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 14.87 million viewers overall), picking up some ratings steam heading into tonight’s season finale, was revised up 0.1 to hit a season high for the second straight week.
The night’s 10 o’clock dramas took the biggest hit as expected due to news break-ins. ABC’s “Castle” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.55 million viewers overall) finished on top, with CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 8.82 million viewers overall) and NBC’s “State of Affairs” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.78 million viewers overall) not far behind in the demo.
Next week will be a key one for “State of Affairs,” as its soft week-two numbers can be attributed some to the news coverage and pre-emptions in Baltimore and New Orleans, as well as a lower-than-expected lead-in from “The Voice.”
CBS’ “2 Broke Girls” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.85 million viewers overall) and “Big Bang Theory” repeat (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.71 million viewers overall) lost multiple tenths in the nationals, while “Scorpion” limited its to 0.1 (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.28 million viewers overall). The net is projecting bigger-than-usual DVR lifts for its dramas, both of which are expected to rise by 1.2 ratings points in 18-49.
There were no demo changes at CW or Fox.
It’s hard to get a good read on the early ratings for Monday — a night with football pre-emptions on NBC and CBS and special news coverage of the Ferguson, Mo., shooting case on many local stations — but ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and “Castle” looked good, and Fox’s “Gotham” had a nice finish to its freshman fall season.
NBC’s “The Voice” was lower and lead-out “State of Affairs” fell off too in its second week, though it was certainly bad luck for the latter to have its second episode delayed by about 15 minutes in much of the country due to news coverage.
The “Monday Night Football” game between the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints aired on the NBC stations in the local markets, and a second NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets (which had been re-scheduled from Sunday due to heavy snow in Buffalo) aired on CBS stations in New York and some surrounding markets.
At ABC, whose ratings figure to hold up pretty well in the nationals, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 14.8 million viewers overall) had a nice showing with its performance finale — hitting a season high for the second straight week and outperforming the comparable night of a year ago. It also pulled to within 0.3 of NBC’s “The Voice” in 18-49, its most competitive finish of the season.
“Castle” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 10.9 million viewers overall) was also up and appears to have posted its second best demo rating of the fall.
Fox’s “Gotham” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) was on par with last week (though could edge up in the nationals) and has been very consistent over the last six weeks. With DVR data included, it finishes its fall batch of episodes as the season’s No. 2-rated new drama in adults 18-49 (behind ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”).
“Sleepy Hollow” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) continued its soft sophomore season down from last week and will need an upward revision to avoid hitting a series low.
In the murky prelims for NBC, “The Voice” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) hit a series low for a performance episode but remained the night’s No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49, It was followed by the second week of “State of Affairs” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which was down from the national average of its premiere (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.69 million viewers overall).
CBS’ numbers are a complete mystery due to the football pre-emptions and news coverage of the Grand Jury announcement from Ferguson. The prelim numbers were: “2 Broke Girls” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), “The Big Bang Theory” repeat (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), “Scorpion” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall).
CW’s “The Originals” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) were about average.
In cable news, Fox News held a slim lead in overnight household ratings over CNN (3.8 to 3.6, with MSNBC at 1.4), but CNN was the clear leader during primetime (as well as in the 11 o’clock hour) among adults 25-54.