Programs on NBC and CBS suffered unpleasant ratings milestones Monday Night, as the big four broadcast networks finished in a four-way tie for prime time, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC’s "The Blacklist" fell to a 2.5 average in 18-49, down a hefty seven-tenths from its previous original episode and a season low for the series. Elsewhere on NBC, the two-hour "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan" delivered a 1.9.
CBS’s new drama series "Intelligence" fared even worse, suffering the biggest decline of any new program this season for the show’s second episode. The show’s debut in its 10 p.m. time slot resulted in a 1.1 average rating in the 18-49, a distant third place in the hour and a decline of 1.3 ratings points from the 2.4 delivered last week by the premiere.
The rest of the CBS lineup was up from its previous originals: "How I Met Your Mother" returned with a 3.0 average in viewers 18-49, up three-tenths; "2 Broke Girls" rose four-tenths to a 2.7; "Mike & Molly" climbed two-tenths to a 2.4; and "Mom" rose two-tenths to a 2.1.
ABC’s "The Bachelor" dipped to a series low for a regular episode, a 2.2 average in 18-49, down a half-point from last week. "Castle" ticked up two-tenths to a 1.9.
Fox’s "Almost Human" rose two-tenths from a week ago to a 2.0 average in the 18-49 demo, while "Sleepy Hollow" matched its previous original with a 2.2.
For prime time overall, ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox all averaged 2.1 ratings in adults 18-49, with Univision trailing with a 1.3. ABC claimed a narrow win in total viewers with 8.2 million, followed by CBS (8.0 million), NBC (6.8 million), Fox (6.6 million) and Univision (3.1 million).