Two New Dramas Continue to Flex Ratings Muscle

Sep 30, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Two new broadcast series continued to show ratings strength in their second week, based on Nielsen overnights for Monday prime time in the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that both Fox’s “Gotham” and CBS’s “Scorpion” slipped a bit from their strong debuts a week ago, but the two shows — along with NBC’s “The Blacklist” — came in among the night’s top-rated broadcast dramas.

“The Blacklist” was part of NBC’s top-ranked lineup built mainly on its two-hour singing competition “The Voice,” which paced the network with a 3.9 average in 18-49 — equaling the number delivered by last week’s season premiere. Leading out from “The Voice,” “The Blacklist was off 18% from its premiere, slipping to a 2.8.

The top-rated show of the night in the 18-49 demo was CBS’s powerhouse comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” which led off prime time with a 4.7 average, dipping 13% from a week ago. A repeat of “Big Bang” followed with a 3.1.

“Scorpion” was off just 6% from its premiere number in 18-49, delivering a 3.0 to rank as the No. 1 drama of the night in broadcast prime. Leading out from it, CBS’s 10 p.m. season premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles” managed only a 1.9, falling 37% from its season premiere a year ago and coming in below the 2.5 average for the season finale.

Fox continued to see promising results for “Gotham,” even as it dipped 13% from its premiere in viewers 18-49. The show’s second airing delivered a solid 2.8 average, while its leadout, “Sleepy Hollow,” slipped 15% from last week’s premiere to a 1.7.

ABC’s numbers were impacted by NFL pre-emptions in Kansas City and Boston and are subject to more than the usual adjustments. Preliminary figures show the season premiere of “Castle” with a 2.4 average in 18-49 at 10 p.m., up 9% from the previous season premiere.

ABC’s two-hour “Dancing with the Stars” fell 14% from last week’s season premiere to a 1.9 average in the 18-49 demo.

For prime time overall, NBC led the way in adults 18-49 with a 3.5 average, followed by CBS (2.9 average), Fox (2.3), ABC (2.1), Univision (1.1) and CW (0.3). CBS inched ahead in a close three-way battle for total viewers, averaging 12.3 million to ABC’s 12.2 million and NBC’s 12.0 million, followed by Fox (6.2 million), Univision (2.8 million) and CW (914,000).


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