Fox and ABC already launched some of their shows last week, but the 2013-14 fall season formally kicked off last night with a fully loaded schedule from all of The Big 4. In a night of all originals with the return of heavyweights like The Voice and heavily hyped series premieres such as Hostages and The Blacklist, NBC won Monday in both adults 18-49 (with a 4.6/12) and viewers (with 13.982 million watching). CBS was second in the demo with a 2.7/7 rating, while ABC was No. 2 in viewership with 12.737 million.
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The real battle royale on the first night of the new season was at 10 PM. The head-to-head new debuts saw a thriller vs. a terror era procedural with CBS’ Hostages (1.8/5) and NBC’s The Blacklist (3.8/10) facing off. The first round easily went to James Spader’s showcase post-Office return to NBC over the weak result of the Jerry Bruckheimer limited series on CBS. However, with a strong lead-in from the two-hour Season 5 debut of The Voice (4.9/13), Blacklist didn’t make the fast nationals of last year’s 4.1/11 premiere of Revolution — the biggest drama opening in the last 3 years and the best NBC has done in 5. Granted, Revolution had a lot less competition for its September 17, 2012 debut. Still, despite a performance better than its last two premieres, a name star and waves of promotion for The Voice (4.9/13), the fact that The Blacklist wasn’t on par with Revolution should be a source of concern for NBC over the long term.
Having gotten a good summer out of the cable model with Under The Dome, CBS looks to have come up short with its new 15-episode limited series Hostages, about a surgeon whose family is taken captive by a rogue FBI agent just before she is about to operate on the President. CBS’ only new drama this fall fell short of the preliminary rating debuts of both the 3.1/9 of Elementary on September 27, 2012 (down 42%) and the 2.5/7 of now-cancelled Vegas (down 28%) on September 25, 2012. (more…)