Another Monday and another round of debuts and departures on the primetime midseason schedule, with among them NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3/4) wrapping its seventh season. The Odd Couple (1.3/4) meanwhile made its new time-slot premiere and Houdini & Doyle (0.7/2) started its run.
On one level, it was a pretty steady season ender for the CBS spinoff, with a rise of 8% among adults 18-49 from last week and a dip of 7% from its Season 6 finale on May 18, 2015. However, in the context of time slots, NCIS: LA hit a noteworthy benchmark on Monday in early numbers: For the first time, the CBS series matched NBC’s breakout hit of the season Blindspot (1.3/4) in the key demo. On a night that saw the San Antonio Spurs lose Game 2 of their NBA playoffs series to the Oklahoma City Thunder, NCIS: LA was aided by the Jaimie Alexander-starring Blindspot declining a tenth from its April 25 episode to match a demo low.
Low was the term that may get hung around the neck of Fox’s Houdini & Doyle after last night’s results. The fictional telling of the real-life friendship of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle and master illusionists Harry Houdini premiered fell 46% from last week’s Lucifer Season 1 finale in the same 9 PM slot. Down 22% among the 18-49s from the Thursday 9 PM debut of the short-lived Gang Related, Houdini & Doyle dipped below the 0.8 of the also short-lived Of Kings And Prophets on March 8, a Tuesday. Coming in below that ABC series makes Houdini & Doyle the lowest-rated scripted debut of the season on the Big 4 – a fate very hard to squirm your way out of unless the adjustments gods smile on you later today. On the other hand, lead-in Gotham (1.2/4) was even with its last original.
The Voice (2.1/7) was the night’s top-rated show and is currently up a tenth from last week’s final numbers, but April 25 saw an adjustment down to 2.0 for the singing competition show, which may happen this week as well. Overall, NBC won the night in the key demo with a 1.8/6 rating. ABC took the top viewership spot for a fifth consecutive week with 9.84 million watching.
A doubles routine Dancing With The Stars (1.8/6) was even with last week in the 18-49s but the most-watched show of the night with 11.64 million tuning in for the 8-10 PM offering. Lead-out Castle (1.0/3) was down a tenth from last week and last in its slot last night.
The Odd Couple made its Season 2 Monday slot debut taking up the back half of the now-wrapped Scorpion’s 9 PM slot. Unlike its 8:30 PM airing April 28, TOC didn’t have an original The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in – and it showed. With an encore BBT at 9 PM, last night’s 9:30 PM Odd Couple was down 24% in adults 18-49 compared to its episode of last Thursday.
Moving toward its May 16 series finale, Mike & Molly had a double shot on CBS with steady results. At 8 PM (1.3/5), the comedy was even with last week, while the 8:30 PM (1.4/5) saw a rise of a tenth from the April 25 offering.
On the CW, Reign (0.3/1) was the same as last week and Jane The Virgin (0.3/1) was down a tenth.