Ratings: CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Loses More Altitude in Week Three; ‘Voice,’ ‘Blindspot’ Power NBC

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After a good premiere and an expected drop in week two, CBS drama “Supergirl” suffered a troubling third-week decline on Monday, a night dominated by NBC with “The Voice” and hot rookie “Blindspot.” Among the shows benefiting from “Supergirl’s” lower numbers was ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” which moved ahead of it and hit an eight-week high, and CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which drew its largest audience to date.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Supergirl” averaged a 1.7 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, placing third in the demo among the Big Four networks in the timeslot and not far ahead of Fox’s steady but fourth-place “Gotham” (1.5). “Supergirl” was down 23% (0.5) week to week and last night’s result was 45% below its premiere score (3.1). CBS did the same 1.7 rating on the comparable night a year ago with comedies “2 Broke Girls” (1.9) and “The Millers” (1.5). Following “Supergirl,” “Scorpion” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) were about average, with “Scorpion” building on its “Supergirl” lead-in for the first time.

NBC’s “The Voice” (3.2/10 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall) and “Blindspot” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) were the night’s top broadcasts in 18-49, with both steady week to week. After showing year-over-year declines in the 15% range for the first few weeks of the season, the music competition has picked up steam in November, and matched its year-ago score. And “Blindspot,” which NBC renewed for a second season on Monday, matched its top score in four weeks and beat its combined CBS-ABC competition in 18-49.

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall) was up a tick to match its television-season high in 18-49, and just slightly below its pre-season premiere (2.1). In total viewers, the veteran reality series ranked No. 1 among all shows for the night and also was at an eight-week high. The momentum didn’t help “Castle,” though, as the long-running mystery series fell to its low (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) with its first original in three weeks.

Fox’s “Gotham” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) continued its very steady sophomore-season performance, and has now notched either a 1.5 or 1.6 in seven of its eight telecasts; on average, it adds 1.2 ratings points to its demo total in Live+7. It moved ahead of CBS’ competing superhero tale, “Supergirl,” in 18-34 for the first time (1.1 vs. 0.9). A special repeat of “Bones” at 9 p.m. (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) came in a tick below the demo score for last week’s “Minority Report” — perhaps explaining why some weak performers are staying on the schedule longer than they would have in past seasons.

CW was in line demo-wise with last week with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall), though the former drew its largest overall audience to date. In Live+3, “Crazy” hit highs last week (0.35 in 18-49, 1.08 million viewers overall), and “Jane” drew its largest overall audience of the season (1.67 million).

ESPN was again expected to win Monday with “Monday Night Football,” even though its matchup between the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers averaged a season-low 8.1 overnight household rating. The game between teams beginning the night with a combined 4-11 record peaked in the 9:30-9:45 p.m. ET half-hour with a 9.2.