Monday Ratings: Blacklist, Hostages, The Voice, Mom, Castle, HIMYM

The Voice season 5 ratingsMonday, September 23, 2013 ratingsPremieres: Mom, Hostages, The Blacklist, Castle, The Voice, 2 Broke Girls, and How I Met Your Mother. New episodes: Dancing with the Stars, Bones, and Sleepy Hollow. Reruns: Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Hart of Dixie.

The Voice had a great premiere with the show’s best Monday ratings since last April. It was a very positive start for The Blacklist though its demo was 7% lower than Revolution’s a year earlier (4.1 rating). Of course, the real test will be to see how many people keep returning week after week.

How I Met Your Mother did extremely well but the debut was down year-to-year. However, that was nothing compared to the drop that 2 Broke Girls saw. Ouch. Mom’s ratings were a disappointment as well with a demo rating 19% lower than last fall’s Mike & Molly premiere. Hostages was also disappointing, in third place and on par with last season’s Hawaii Five-0 debut.

Dancing with the Stars saw a huge drop in week two but Castle was up year-to-year.

Bones also took a big hit opposite tougher competition. As expected, Sleepy Hollow dropped in week two but the decline wasn’t too bad and the show was in second place in its timeslot.

† = compared to last season’s premiere.

These are the fast affiliate ratings. The percentages represent the change since the previous original episode. (Percentages aren’t given for reruns or specials.) To see past ratings for a particular show, click the show’s link. The show pages are updated with the daily final ratings when they become available. Those pages include season averages to date.

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  1. Kate Fredericks says

    The Blacklist was, by far, the most intelligent, exciting and at times humorous new show of the evening if not the entire season. James Spader made his bad guy very spiffy and definitely not fitting any mold on TV now! It was a truly happy surprise and we were hooked by the first commercial. I suspect there is nothing to worry about there – it will be a huge hit for NBC, a network that really needs one! Sleepy Holly was also a treat. Two protagonists with impeccable timing, easy on the eyes, lots of personality, the perfect people for this show: Tim Mison and Nicole Baharie. Their numbers are pretty good – I predict it will get through this year and crossing my fingers for more more more. Castle did quite well against The Blacklist which made me happy – Castle is my Firefox favorite and has been since it began. Unfortunately, The Hostages looks like the loser of the lot. I watched it and like Tony Colette very much – in fact, she carried the show, but I’m afraid the plot and weak cast will not compete well with The Blacklist and Castle. Here is where my grudge against CBS for withholding Dexter and Ray Donovan for me during August comes in. While I used to be very loyal to CBS, NO LONGER. However, Hostages seems like it might be a good show and CBS would be smart to move it and pair it with stronger lead ins and weaker competition. On the other hand, it did my heart good to see NBC and ABC tromp all over CBS these past two Monday nights! That’s what it gets for it’s hubris in thinking there would be no backlash against their foolish behavior toward Time Warner Cable this past summer. However, Hostages doesn’t deserve to be deep-sixed quite yet!

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