UPDATE PM: Another day, another across-the-board upward adjustment for ABC’s lineup, with both Dancing with the Stars (1.9, up a tenth from last Monday) and Castle (2.0) going up a tenth. Also adjusted up a tenth are NBC’s The Voice (3.7) and CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.5) while The Blacklist (2.6) slipped a tenth.
PREVIOUS: We’re kicking off Week 3 of the new season, and the dust is starting to settle on the Big 4 networks, with the plucky newcomers slowing down and incumbents reestablishing themselves as ratings leaders. Last Monday, Scorpion was the highest rated drama of the night with a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating in the fast nationals, while Fox’s Gotham tied NBC’s The Blacklist for No.2 with a 2.8. Last night, sophomore The Blacklist was back to No.1 with a minimal one-tenth week-to-week slip to a 2.7, while Gotham was down 11% and Scorpion was down 19%, both to a 2.5. Another second-year drama, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (1.7) also was on par with last week, flat in 18-49. In total viewers, Scorpion again led the pack with 11.8 million viewers, followed by The Blacklist (10.1 million) and Gotham (6.3 million). Fox is more aggressive in their projections, expecting Gotham to rise to a 4.4 demo rating in Live+7, with NBC projecting a 4.5 for The Blacklist and CBS extrapolating to a 3.8 for Scorpion.
Despite the drops, both Gotham and Scorpion remain solid performers, making serious cases for Back 9 orders. However, another Monday newcomer, CBS veteran NCIS: LA, has struggled so far. In its second outing on its new night, the spinoff series drew a 1.6 in 18-49 at 10 PM, down 16% from last week, finishing last in the time slot behind The Blacklist and ABC’s Castle (1.9, down 14% but may be adjusted up in the final). After losing ground in the Monday 10 PM hour last season with newbies Hostages and Intelligence, CBS bet on a proven veteran which had done extremely well paired with NCIS for years. However, in its new slot, it has been wilting, closely following the ratings trajectory of the now defunct Hostages for the first two weeks (1.9 vs. 1.8 in Week 1, 1.6 vs. 1.5 in Week 2).
Elsewhere on the Big 4, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.4, 15.5 million) was down 6% from its fast national last Monday but still the top program of the night in 18-49 and total viewers. NBC’s The Voice (3.9) was down 8% from its fast national last week, while ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (1.8) currently runs even with last week though ABC’s fast nationals have been regularly adjusted up because of a Nielsen glitch. NBC won the night in 18-49 (3.6) and for now is edging CBS (11.5 million vs. 11.4 million) in total viewers.
The CW turned lights on Monday night with the second season premiere of The Originals which, after tasked with facing Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. last fall is pit against freshman superhero drama, Gotham. In a more competitive slot that also includes The Big Bang Theory and The Voice, The Originals (0.7 in 18-49) was down 22% from its Tuesday debut last fall. It was also down a tenth in 18-49 from its season finale, but even in 18-34 (0.7).