It’s been an unusual fall season, with no major flops and solid performances from all new series so far. That may change tonight with the launch of ABC’s completely unprotected 8 PM comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story but until then, more good news for broadcast network’s freshman class.
Both new Monday series that premiered last week held well in Week 2 — Fox’s Gotham (2.8 in adults 18-49) was down 13% at 8 PM, while CBS’ Scorpion (3.0) was down 7% despite its lead-in dropping by 43% as The Big Bang Theory switched to a repeat at 8:30 PM. (In total viewers, Scorpion was down 4%.)
Gotham tied NBC’s The Blacklist (2.8, down 12% from last Monday’s fast national). The race will likely stay close in Live+3 and Live+7 ratings as both series are big DVR gainers. Fox projects Gotham to go up to a 4.3 in l3 and 4.9 in l7, while NBC predicts 4.5 (l3) and 4.9 (l7) ratings for The Blacklist. Scorpion is projected to rise to a 4.1 in l7.
At 9 PM, Scorpion almost doubled the 18-49 rating of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (1.7), which was down 15% from its season premiere last week. It is expected to close some of the gap in l7, projected to go up to a 3.1 demo rating.
The Blacklist faced regular 10 PM competition for the first time last night, with the season premieres of ABC’s Castle and CBS’ NCIS: LA.
In its new Monday berth, NCIS: LA (1.9) was down 37% from last season’s opener behind NCIS on Tuesday where the two series had formed a formidable two-hour block. While a drop was expected, in 18-49, NCIS: LA performed only marginally better in the Monday 10 PM slot than the debut last fall of the now defunct drama Hostages (1.8). In total viewers, the procedural improved the time slot by 25%.
ABC’s fast nationals were likely inflated by local NFL pre-emptions in Boston and Kansas City. For the record, Castle is currently running at a 2.4 in 18-49, up 9% from last season’s premiere, Dancing with the Stars at 1.9 as the veteran reality series went down to one show a week.
Elsewhere, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (4.7 in 18-49, 16.2 million) was once again the top program of the night, down 11% from last Monday’s fast national in 18-49. NBC’s The Voice (3.9) held steady. NBC won the night in 18-49 (3.5), while CBS is currently No.1 in a tight race for No.1 in total viewers (12.3 million vs. 12.2 million for ABC and 12.05 for NBC).