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Ratings: NBC’s ‘Blindspot’ Stabilizes, Teams With ‘The Voice’ for Easy Victory

Monday’s ratings results brought some good news for NBC’s “Blindspot,” which followed last week’s sluggish midseason premiere by at least matching that number in its second week back, combining with “The Voice” to lift the network to another sweep of the night’s half-hours in key demos.

Shows typically see falloffs post-premiere, so last night’s 1.8 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 (and 6.7 million viewers overall) for “Blindspot” must be encouraging for NBC. The drama, which ranks as the season’s top new series in adults 18-49, easily won its time period in demos over ABC’s “Castle” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and CBS’ repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall). And while last night’s rating remains the show’s low-water mark to date, the 1.8 ties with the midseason premiere of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” as the highest same-day rating for any 10 p.m. drama telecast of 2016 and represents roughly 33% time-period improvement for the network over what “The Night Shift” was doing a year ago (with a bigger “Voice” lead-in).

“Blindspot” also remains among the largest gainers in delayed viewing too, with last week’s episode growing 1.14 ratings points in 18-49 (1.79 to 2.93) in Live+3.

As for “The Voice” (3.2/10 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall), it dipped from its cycle premiere of last week but remained Monday’s top program. It beat ABC’s “The Bachelor” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) by a full ratings point as the Alphabet dating series saw a slight dropoff as usual with its “The Women Tell All” episode, which comes one week before its finale. Head-to-head, “The Voice” beat “The Bachelor” in adults 25-54 (4.4/12 to 2.5/7) and all male demos, while the ABC series pulled ahead in adults 18-34 (2.1/8 vs. 1.9/8) and rolled as usual among femmes.

At Fox, “Gotham” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) held steady in the demo while drawing its largest overall audience since September. And rookie “Lucifer” also matched last week’s 18-49 score (1.3/4) while rising in total viewers.

CBS opted for a pair of “The Big Bang Theory” repeats in place of a “Supergirl” encore, and did a 1.5/5 in 18-49 and 7.1 million viewers overall at 8 and 1.7/5 and 7.5 million at 8:30 — up 14% from last week’s “Supergirl” original (1.4). The comedy was followed by rebroadcasts of “Scorpion” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

At CW, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” continued on the low side of its range (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) after having shown a slight uptick in the weeks prior to the return of “The Voice.” And “Jane the Virgin” also remained sluggish (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall), matching its low. The shows may be critically acclaimed but they’re clearly the weak ratings link of the network’s weekly schedule.

 

 

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