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‘Blindspot’ Second Season-Opener on NBC Slips by 35 Percent from Series-Premiere

Easy Overnight Victory for NBC Care of 'America's Got Talent' Season-Ender

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What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, September 14:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.7/13, Fox: 3.1/ 5, CBS: 2.9/ 5, ABC: 2.0/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:

NBC: +45, CBS: +16, CW: no change, ABC: – 5, Fox: – 9

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 8.1/14 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season finale): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 4.0/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 8.8/15 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season finale): 3.0/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 1.0/ 2 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#3t)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#3t)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 9.8/16 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season finale): 3.1/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “black-ish” (R): 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “America’s Got Talent” (season finale): 10.1/16 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef” (season finale): 3.2/ 5 (#3)
CW – “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Blindspot” (season premiere): 5.0/ 9 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Fresh off the Boat” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Code Black” (R): 2.4/ 5 (#2)
NBC – “Blindspot” (season premiere): 4.1/ 8 (#1)

“Blindspot”: 4.6/ 8 in the 10 p.m. down, which was down by 35 percent in the household overnights from the 7.1/12 for the series premiere in the Monday 10 p.m. hour on Sept/ 21, 2015.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. That’s not a great sign for Blindspot on its new night… It had a huge lead-in from AGT and really dropped the ball. Even more concerning is the drop in the half-hour. NBC thinks it is launching big hits behind The Voice – but as soon as they leave that protected Monday 10pm slot they all seem to fail. Hopefully they don’t do the same with Timeless.

    • That’s why Wed at 10pm ISN’T its regular time period! It moves to Wed 8pm next week. It wouldn’t have been expected to equal its s1 premiere #s anyway. It is a very well put together production and one of the best shows on conventional TV. Loved it last night!

      • Did I say it was its timeslot? No, I didn’t… I said its moving to a new night – which is Wednesday… which was yesterday. Did I mention that it was expected to reach its s1 premiere #’s? No, I didn’t. It was, however, a season premiere behind the biggest audience that AGT has probably had in years, and it neither retained a lot of the audience nor held that audience during the hour. Its an observation worth mentioning… and one that sites such as this, as well as other major entertainment trade publications will report on as well. It will have an even bigger uphill climb in the 8pm slot trying to lead-out the night without any type of strong lead-in.

        • Most shows top with their premieres, so not equaling it is hardly horrible. The problem for Blindspot is that it did more and more poorly all last year and continues to do so.

          NBC made a mistake in renewing it and will likely pay for it all season (and maybe more as renewing flops is still in fashion in Hollywood – gotta feed that syndication arm with something…)

  2. Pretty sad that today’s poll doesn’t include Mark Harmon as the people of the world have spoken by making “n.c.i.s.” the number 1 TV drama on the planet, yet Mark Mark Harmon is constantly overlooked by elitist Emmy voters. Add up the ratings for those nominated above and it’s extremely doubtful that their total ratings are higher than Mark’s for just “n.c.i.s.,” especially when Kyle Chandler’s show has just gone off the air.

    • Totally agree. Mark Harmon is a great, charismatic actor and the only thing emmy voters don’t like is that he’s good and successful…

      For years the emmys have equated bad quality with quality and lack of talent for talent, and of course lack of success for creativity… 🙁