How far can you fall? How high can you rise? NBC continued its dominance on Mondays at it drew 13.302 million viewers on average in the overnight household ratings led by ‘The Voice’ which was the top program of the evening with 14.324 million viewers and concluding with the new hit ‘The Blacklist’ which drove 11.26 million viewers into local affiliate’s newscasts at 11P, up 3.23% against last year’s Peacock entry, ‘Revolution’.
The only network that could compete on this, the third Monday of the new television season, was ABC as it drew 12.288 million viewers led by ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (13.039 million) and it’s hit ‘Castle’ (10.787 million viewers).
FOX brought in 7.442 million viewers with ‘Bones drawing 7.116 million and new hit, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ bringing in 7.768 million. ‘Sleepy Hollow’ was up 200% over last year’s bust, ‘The Mob Doctor’. ‘Bones’ drew exactly the same number as last year. It was a very good night for FOX.
Then came CBS. The most watch network on television finished Monday as one of the least watched with 6.152 million viewers. There is nothing good to say about Black Rock’s performance as ‘How I Met Your Mother’ drew only 7.383 million as the highest viewed program of the evening on CBS. ‘2 Broke Girls’ was second best on the network with 7.181 million, but it was a series low for the program; the new ‘We Are Men’ drew only 5.417 million viewers and probably should be called ‘We Are Losers’, while the horrible ‘Hostages’ had 5.139 million viewers after ‘Mom’ limped in with 6.653 million. This may be the time to cancel an entire evening of programs, something never done before. But in all honestly, reruns of ‘NCIS’ can draw those numbers. ‘Hostages’ was down 45.45% compared to ‘Hawaii 5-0’ performance last season in the all important 10P time slot. Is it time to put ‘Hawaii’ back into its position and let it do battle with ‘Castle’ and ‘The Blacklist’?
Univision finished with a strong 3.3 million viewers for the evening on average, placing it #7 for Monday in households.
The CW averaged 1.2 million viewers with ‘Beauty and the Beast’ pulling in 1.219 million and ‘Hart of Dixie’ being viewed by 1.181 million.
Telemundo finished #9 for the evening with 1.1 million average viewers in households.
Compared to a year ago on this same day in 2012, NBC was up over 2.2 million viewers; FOX also finished ahead of last year with 2.2 million more viewers; The CW was up 220,000 viewers while ABC was down slightly, or about 200,000 viewers. Then came CBS. The Tiffany Network was down a whopping 2.5 million viewers.
In late night, NBC’s ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ won another Monday evening with 3.0/8 while both CBS’ ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ drew 2.3/6. ABC’s ‘Nightline’ averaged a 1.4/5. In late, late night, NBC’s ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (1.6/6 beat CBS’ ‘Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ (1.2/4). ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on NBC averaged a 1.0/4.
Broadcast was up for the evening against terrific cable competition with both the NFL game on ESPN featuring the New York Jets victory over the Atlanta Falcons and the MLB National League Division Series game which saw the Los Angeles Dodgers win the series against the Atlanta Braves. You can guess that many eyes in Atlanta were geared to something other then broadcast. Making broadcast’s performance on Monday night a very bright spot on the television landscape. For the record, ESPN finished #3 for the evening with 11.448 million viewers catching the NFL game while TBS ended up #6 for the evening with 4.5 million viewers watching the Dodgers clinch victory and move on to the NLCS.