ABC did what it has been doing all season long. It is winning Monday with power. Beginning with ‘Dancing With The Stars’ at 8P, it drew an evening high of 14.24 million viewers and waltz through the evening in the top position by securing the 10P slot as well as ‘Castle’ did its most in winning that time slot with 11.35 million. ‘Dancing’ built up a near 3 million lead for The Alphabet Network over rival NBC while ‘Castle’ increased its lead over ‘The Blacklist’ to 520,000 million initial viewers. ‘Dancing’ hit a peak of 15.15 million viewers at 930P. The network was #1 every half hour of the broadcast evening.
ESPN with ‘Monday Night Football’ featuring the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers drew the second highest program total of the evening with 13.159 million viewers. Overall for the evening, this Disney cable network drew 11.402 million.
NBC is seeing its once powerful reality show, ‘The Voice’ take a bit of a hit when the opposition throws powerful programming against it. It could only muster 11.29 million at 8P while The Peacock Network’s decision to skip a week of ‘The Blacklist’ after the main character killed one of his friends in cold blood, the James Spader drama at 10P could only draw 10.83 million on its first Live same day programming view. It dropped to 10.32 million at 1030P.
CBS led off its desperate Monday with the soon-to-be-gone ‘How I Met Your Mother’ which at 8P could only draw 8.02 million. At 830P, ‘2 Broke Girls’ fell a bit to 7.9 million viewers while at 9P, ‘Mike & Molly’ increased a bit to 8.43 million. It has to be the best relief program in the history of programs. At 930P, ‘Mom’ fell badly to 7.3 million but nothing can match the horrible drama at 10P, ‘Hostages’ as it fell to 4.57 million viewers but it dropped to 4.4 million in its final half hour. FOX nearly beat The Tiffany Network for the evening. Good luck to all of those CBS affiliates hoping for a good lead-in at 11P local newscasts.
FOX led off with its newest drama, ‘Almost Human’ with a terrific episode a 8P by drawing 6.56 million into a very interesting hostage, high stakes jewel theft that brought the characters much closer and much more engaging as characters we want to see week in and week out. AT 9P, ‘Sleepy Hollow’ continued to fall. Although intriguing, it is not holding its lead-in audience and could only draw 5.82 million viewers. The Animal Network of Broadcast has to give ‘Almost Human’ a chance. It has great upside.
As for The CW, ‘Hart of Dixie’ drew 1.02 million at 8P but ‘Beauty and the Beast’ died with only 830,000 viewers. The Little Network That Could, couldn’t on Monday.
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PLEASE NOTE: The November Sweeps period, October 31-November 27, 2013 ends Wednesday evening.
For the record, ABC was #1 with 13.28 million viewers and an 8.5 rating with a strong 13 share. ESPN was #2 with 11.402 million viewers. NBC came in next with 11.14 million viewers and a 6.8/10. CBS tripped into the next spot with 6.8 million viewers and a 4.3/7. FOX trying hard at 8P but dropped at 9P and finished with 6.29 million and a 3.8/6. The USA Network pulled in 4.135 million viewers; Univision came in with 3 million viewers and a 1.6/2. VH1 had another banner Monday with 2.493 million viewers. Telemundo did 1.3 million and a 0.7/1 while The CW concluded with 920,000 viewers and a 0.6/1.
ACROSS THE POND: Its beginning to be a habit. ITV was #1 again, for the second consecutive evening as ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’ was the top program again. It drew 9.52 million viewers good for 37.8% share of audience at 9P. An additional 451,000 (2.6%) watched it on +1. At 8P, ‘Tales from Northumberland’ brought in 3.32 million (13.6%).
BBC One wasn’t even close on this evening at ‘Panorama’ at 830P drew 3.62 milion (14.1%). And it’s one time hit, ‘Ripper Street’ fell badly to 3.06 million viewers (12.1%) at 9P. It didn’t stand a chance against the onslaught brought by ITV.
BBC Two had ‘Celebrity Antiques Road Trip’ at 8P and drew 1.93 million (8.6%) while ‘University Challenge’ nearly doubled that number at 9P with 3.26 million (13.3%) good for the #4 program on the evening. ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ drew 2.73 million (10.6%) while ‘The Choir’ had 2.29 million (9.1%). ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ was followed by 1.35 million viewers (7.1%).
Channel 4 at 830P presented ‘Health Freaks’ with 802,000 followers (3.1%). At 9P, a new series, ‘CCTV Traffic Wardens: Caught on Camera’ had 1.28 milion (5.1%). ‘Fresh Meat’ at 10P, dropped the channel back to reality with 631,000 viewers (3.6%).
Channel 5 at 8P had ‘Gadget Show’ and 731,000 gadgeters watched (2.9%). Thus it is assumed that 2.9% of the UK are gadgeteers. At 9P, ‘Monty Halls and the Kaiser’s Gold’ was viewed by 823,000 (3.3%).
Not to forget BBC Four and the puzzle fanatics among us, at 830P, ‘Only Connect’ drew 883,000 (3.4%).
ITV2 gave us ‘I’m A Celebrity…Now! a 10P and drew 875,000 viewers.
E4 at 10P presented ‘Made in Chelsea’ and those lovely folks concerned with everything Chelsea, all 580,000 (3.6%) watched.
To make sure nothing is overlooked in our daily view of the world in television, Sky 1’s ‘Arrow’ was viewed by 398,000 (1.6%) at 8P.
As you can see, no matter where you were watching television, people were…
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