CBS Monday Lineup Hits Ratings Lows, CW Dramas Rise, ‘The Blacklist’ Bows Out

The Millers last night matched The McCarthys‘ woeful 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 from last Thursday to hit a series low. Both family comedies are seriously testing CBS brass’ patience. No CBS comedy series has ever fallen under a 1.6 demo rating with an original lead-in and allowed to continue in its time slot. Both The Millers and The McCarthys are hurting the dramas that follow them. Last night, Scorpion (2.0) posted a second consecutive week-to-week decline, -9% to a season low. Similarly, Elementary hit a series low of 1.2 behind The McCarthys.

Repairing Monday had been a top priority for CBS this fall, and the network was well underway with the temporary relocation of The Big Bang Theory and breakout Scorpion. But, with Big Bang back on Thursday, the Monday lineup is crumbling again, with Scorpion struggling to hold the tent. The action drama, which had a music-themed episode featuring rappers Method Man & Kid Cudi, was the only CBS series with a 2 in front of its 18-49 fast national rating and is projected to go up to a 3.0 in Live+7 as all of the network’s shows posted series lows. 2 Broke Girls (1.9) was down -14% from last Monday. NCIS: LA (1.5) was even with last week’s series low.

the-blacklist-recap_612x380Following The Voice (3.2, down -6% from last week’s show featuring Taylor Swift), the fall finale of The Blacklist (2.5) was up a tenth from last week and down -22% from last fall’s closer, which was a two-parter, in Live+same Day. With NBC’s projections, the expected year-to-year drop is 13% in Live+7 (5.2 vs. 4.4). NBC won the night in 18-49 (3.0)

This is supposed to be The Blacklist’s final airing on Monday. After a showcase episode behind the Super Bowl, NBC’s flagship drama is scheduled to relocate to Thursdays and take on hot ABC drama Scandal at 9 PM. However, executing the plan will likely be contingent on how Blacklist‘s replacement in the Monday 10 PM hour, new drama State Of Affairs, fares, starting next week.

Fox’s Gotham (2.2) was down -8% from last week, Sleepy Hollow (1.5) was flat. ABC’s fast nationals are once again inflated by a local NFL preemption. Dancing With The Stars is currently running on par with last week’s fast national (2.1), which was adjusted down. The wedding Castle episode (1.7) is ahead by a tenth from its most recent original but will go down in the finals. UPDATE: Both Dancing and Castle were adjusted down a tenth to a 2.0 and a 1.6, respectively. ABC won the night in total viewers with 12.1 million.

The CW had a good night with The Originals drawing its largest audience so far this season 1.54 million, up +40% from last week, and matched a season high in 18-49 (0.7, up +40%). Jane The Virgin (1.22 million, 0.5) was up+20% and +25%, respectively.

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