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Ratings: ‘State of Affairs,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Rise on Quiet Monday

NBC won among the broadcast networks in key demos Monday behind “The Voice” and “State of Affairs,” the latter of which bounced back a bit from its soft week-two performance. The night also saw Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” edge up in its fall finale, while ABC’s annual special “CMA Country Christmas” rose for a second straight year.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 2.7 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 11.0 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m, up a tick from its season low of the previous week but down a sizable 0.7 from the comparable night a year ago (which faced tougher CBS comedy competition). It was easily Monday’s top entertainment series among young adults.

Capping the night for NBC was “State of Affairs” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 7.0, million viewers overall), which was able to improve upon its 1.4 rating of last week when its episode was impacted by President Obama’s address on the Ferguson decision. In the demo, the Katherine Heigl-fronted drama edged ahead of ABC’s “Castle” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), which matched its season low.

Earlier in the evening for ABC, “CMA Country Christmas” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last year despite moving directly opposite “The Voice” this time around (it aired 9-11 p.m. a year ago).

Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) aired behind a “Gotham” repeat (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) but was able to rise a tenth from its series low of the previous week when the “Gotham” original was more than twice as big (2.3 in 18-49).

CBS reintroduced viewers to “Mike & Molly,” which has its season premiere next week, by airing four encores of the comedy from 8 to 10 p.m.: 1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall at 8; 1.2/4 and 5.7 million at 8:30; 1.2/3 and 5.2 million at 9; and 1.1/3 and 5.0 million at 9:30.  A repeat “Scorpion” closed things out at a special 10 p.m. time (1.0/3 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), faring nearly as well as last year’s firstrun “Hostages” in the time period.

CW aired the specials “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) and “Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.3/7; ABC, 1.5/4; Fox and Univision, 1.2/4; CBS, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.7 million; ABC, 8.7 million; CBS, 5.4 million; Fox, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.0 million; CW, 1.5 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.


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