The latest additions to the Monday lineup this fall, NBC drama State Of Affairs and CBS comedy Mike & Molly, were the only series in originals last night as the broadcast networks are fully in a holiday mode.
Mike & Molly (1.7) was the highest-rated program of the night in adults 18-49. It was down just a tenth from the fast national for its first two airings this season, despite switching from an original to a repeat lead-in. The repeat was the best you can get on TV these days, an episode of The Big Bang Theory (1.6), which was the second highest-rated telecast last night in 18-49.
NBC’s State Of Affairs had a much rougher transition from a Voice lead-in to an SNL Christmas special (1.5, down -12% from last year’s special). The freshman drama tumbled -27% from last week to hit a Live+Same Day low. It tied a repeat of CBS’ NCIS: LA for the top spot in 18-49 at 10 PM, edging a Castle rerun (0.9). State Of Affairs will have to get used to not having The Voice as a lead-in because that is what it will be getting for the rest of its 13-episode freshman run. (Summer medical drama Night Shift will take over the Monday 10 PM slot on February 23 when the spring cycle of The Voice kicks off.)
NBC still won the night in the demo with a 1.4, edging CBS (1.3). ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight finished its limited run with a 1.3 in 18-49, down -7% from last week.
Curiously, the CW (0.5) finished ahead of Fox (0.4) f0r the night in 18-49. The CW’s rebroadcast of iHeart Radio Jingle Ball (0.5) was down just a tenth from the original telecast last week. Meanwhile, a rerun of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow logged an anemic 0.3.