UPDATE, 3:31 PM: The final numbers are in, and State Of Affairs took a hard fall from grace in its second week. With a 1.5/4 and the context of a 15-minute presidential pre-emption, the Katherine Heigl-led series was down 31%. That context means Week 3 will be a big hurdle for the NBC show performance-wise. As it is, this Monday was not kind to NBC at all. The Voice (2.6/7) was down a tenth from this morning’s scrambled fast nationals and 16% from last week to hit a performance-show series low. Fox and The CW were unchanged from this morning. ABC, on the other hand, saw the 2-hour Part 1 finale of Dancing With The Stars (2.5/7) go up from fast nationals and up 8% from its November 17 show. Running from 10:15-11:15 PM Eastern after President Obama’s live remarks about the Ferguson grand jury decision, Castle remained steady with just a 5% dip from last week’s November-sweep wedding episode. CBS saw 2 Broke Girls (1.6/7) and the 9-10:29 PM Scorpion (1.9/5), which was on as the grand jury announcement was made, go down 23% and a minor 5%, respectively, from last week. Remember, too, that CBS had an NFL game in some East Coast markets including NYC with airing of the Buffalo Bills victory over the New York Jets last night. That game had been postponed from Sunday and moved to Detroit because of the massive storm in Buffalo last week.
PREVIOUS, 9:28 AM: For the second time in less than a week, current events and football have left the fast national ratings all over the map. With Big 4 coverage of the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teen Michael Brown last night plus a primetime reaction live from President Barack Obama just after 10 PM, ABC, NBC and Fox saw shows sliced and delayed in markets all over the country, even if it was only for a few minutes.
Add to that the fact that CBS stations in NYC, Buffalo, Albany and others were showing the Bills blowout the Jets 38-3 in a game moved from Sunday afternoon due to weather. There was more NFL in Baltimore and New Orleans as the Ravens and Saints game on ESPN was shown on the local NBC affiliates. And finish it all off with CBS stations in other East Coast markets and the Central time zone cutting away to News division Ferguson coverage and the White House and you have a pretty messy menu ratingswise.
We’ll hopefully get a cleaner plate later today when the time zone adjusted final numbers come in and we’ll update then.
With neither Ferguson nor football cutting in, The CW’s Monday offerings are the least likely to change later. To that end, Originals (0.6/2) was down 14% from its November 17 show while freshman Jane The Virgin was even with last week. Next most in line was Fox with Gotham (2.3/7), which was even with its November 17 broadcast, and lead-out Sleepy Hollow (1.4/4), which got hit on the East Coast with the grand jury announcement, down 13%.
ABC saw Part 1 of this season’s Dancing With The Stars (2.4/7) finale steady with last week and Castle (2.0/6), which got interrupted by Obama’s remarks as did everyone in the 10 PM ET slot, was up 11%. NBC’s The Voice (2.7/8) was down 13% from its November 17 show and newbie White House drama State of Affairs (1.7/5) fell 23% in its second week – but remember those numbers will change. CBS’ 2 Broke Girls (2.2/7) was steady with a 5% rise, Scorpion (2.4/6) went up 20% and NCIS:LA (1.7/5) was even with last week – again, all of which will certainly change.