UPDATE, 2 PM: The final numbers are in, and things look even brighter for CBS’ Scorpion and grimmer for The Millers. Scorpion went up a tenth to a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. The action drama successfully passed its second test, dropping only a tenth in its first airing with no Big Bang Theory on the night. The series has now held pretty steady the last two weeks despite its lead-in falling from 2.9 for a Big Bang rerun two weeks ago to 2.1 for The Millers last week to a 1.7 for The Millers last night, after a tenth of a downward adjustment for the CBS comedy.
The Millers was down 19% from its season premiere last week and fell below the delivery of cancelled Friends With Better Lives in the time slot despite a stronger 2 Broke Girls lead-in (2.4 vs. 2.2).
Elsewhere on the night, NBC’s The Voice got its regular .1 bump to a 3.7. The Blacklist slid a tenth to a 2.5, and the football preemption-inflated numbers for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (1.9) and Castle (1.6) were adjusted down by two and three tenths, respectively.
PREVIOUS, AM : CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls kicked off its fourth season last night with a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 at 8 PM. While that was down -14% from the series’ third-season premiere last fall, that opener aired at 9 PM and followed the highly rated hourlong final-season debut of How I Met Your Mother. Compared with its 8 PM time slot premiere last season, last night’s 2 Broke Girls, which featured a guest appearance by Kim Kardashian, was up by +9%.
Things were far less bright for sophomore The Millers. In its second Monday outing, the family comedy drew a 1.8 in 18-49, down 14% from last week’s season premiere. The so-so performance will likely reopen the debate whether CBS was right to renew the fully owned sitcom despite its poor retention behind The Big Bang while cancelling several freshman comedy series from other studios — Friends With Better Lives, The Crazy Ones and Bad Teacher.
For instance, following the time period premiere of 2 Broke Girls (2.2) last season, the second episode of FWBL posted a 1.8 in 18-49. The second episode of The Millers‘ second season last night pulled in the same 1.8 demo rating with a 2.4 lead-in from 2 Broke Girls.
The shaky Millers, which is slated to return to its cushy post-Big Bang Theory Thursday slot later this season, also pushed down CBS’ breakout new drama Scorpion (2.2), which received a full-season pickup yesterday. All things considered, the actioner held up well, slipping -8% vs. last week in the demo. It once again was CBS’ most watched program of the night with 10.1 million viewers. Also off week-to-week was NCIS: LA (1.6, down -6%), which slipped a tenth after posting its first ratings uptick in its new Monday 10 PM slot last week.
NBC’s The Voice and The Blacklist rebounded from the ratings slides last Monday. The Voice (3.6 in adults 18-49) was up 9% from its fast national last week, The Blacklist (2.6) was up 8%. NBC won the night in 18-49.
Fox’s Gotham (2.2) matched its fast national from last week, Sleepy Hollow (1.6) was off by a tenth
Another NFL football local preemption — this time in Dallas — again scrambled ABC’s fast nationals, which are likely inflated. For now, Dancing With The Stars (2.1/6) is running up a tenth from last week, Castle (1.9) up +27%, and the network is ahead of NBC for No. 1 in total viewers (12.0 million).
At the CW, The Originals (0.6) was even week to week. Jane The Virgin (0.4) was down a tenth in 18-49 but up a tenth in 18-34 (0.5).