UPDATE, 10:30 AM: CBS’ Under The Dome dominated Monday in overall audience (10.81 million) and in both the 18-49 (2.5 rating) and 25-54 (3.4 rating) demos. Though Time Warner Cable continues not to carry CBS stations in three of the country’s Top 5 markets, affecting about 3.2 million customers, the Stephen King adaptation scored more than 5 million more viewers than the night’s closest competitor, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (5.78 million viewers). Ninja and CBS’ How I Met Your Mother rerun tied in the demo at 8 PM (1.4 rating) but Ninja had the total-viewer edge (5.4 million) over HIMYM (4.5 mil). Ninja took over in both races at 8:30. For the full hour, Ninja enjoyed its top demo rating since its summer premiere — it also won the hour among men and women 18-34 and 25-54.
But NBC’s Get Out Alive couldn’t hang on to the lead at 9, and CBS’ 2 Broke Girls repeat assumed the top spot (1.4 rating. 5.2 million viewers). More of the same at 9:30, with CBS’ Mike & Molly rerun out in front (1.5 rating, 5.7 million viewers). Meanwhile, shifting back to the 9 PM slot for the first time, ABC’s Mistresses grew over the prior week by 6% in viewers and 11% in the demo. ABC notes its freshman drama delivers a very upscale crowd (index of 148), pulling in 48% higher numbers in the demo in homes earning $150K annual income, making it the summer’s top-indexing broadcast drama. Mistresses also is posting the biggest percentage gains via TV playback of any summer broadcast series, jumping 58% from its initially reported Live+Same Day adults 18-49 number to its final Live+7 rating (from 1.2 to 1.9 rating).
Dome was the story at 10, and inched up a tenth in the demo compared to previous week’s series low. Meanwhile, returning to the hour for the first time since season’s end in May, ABC’s Castle repeat (0.5 rating) scored 3.2 million viewers — 68% more viewers than NBC’s original episode of Siberia (0.7 rating, 1.9 million viewers).
CBS finished the night with leading 1.7 rating and 6.8 million viewers; closest competitor NBC walked off with a 1.2 rating and 3.9 million viewers.
PREVIOUS, : Fast affiliate ratings for Monday, August 26, 2013, which would’ve been released this morning around 8 AM PDT, are expected around 10 AM PDT, owing to a Nielsen delay. The scheduled delay will allow for additional quality checks and validations due to the 2013-2014 National Model Year changes, Nielsen explained.