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Split Monday Leadership for ABC and NBC

'Dancing With the Stars' and 'The Voice' Lead the Nets

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Monday, March 21 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:
ABC: 10.45 million, NBC: 9.35, CBS: 7.74, Fox: 3.81, CW: 759,000

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 2.3 rating/8 share, ABC: 1.6/ 5, CBS: 1.4/ 5, Fox: 1.2/ 4, CW: 0.3/ 1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars (season premiere)
Viewers: 12.36 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Supergirl
Viewers: 5.98 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#3t)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.42 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/ 9 (#1)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 3.94 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#3t)

CW – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Viewers: 850,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars (season premiere)
Viewers: 12.60 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Supergirl
Viewers: 6.07 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3t)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 10.94 million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/ 9 (#1)

Fox – Gotham
Viewers: 3.76 million (#4), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#3t)

CW – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Viewers: 847,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.2/ 1 (#5)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars (season premiere)
Viewers: 12.46 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#1)

CBS – Scorpion
Viewers: 8.59 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.20 million (#3), A18-49: 2.8/ 9 (#1)

Fox – Lucifer
Viewers: 3.80 million (#4), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#4)

CW – Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 751,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Dancing With the Stars (season premiere)
Viewers: 11.98 million (#1), A18-49: 1.8/ 6 (#2)

CBS – Scorpion
Viewers: 8.51 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

NBC – The Voice
Viewers: 11.39 million (#2), A18-49: 3.0/ 9 (#1)

Fox – Lucifer
Viewers: 3.72 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

CW – Jane the Virgin
Viewers: 788,000 (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Castle
Viewers: 7.14 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.59 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 6.74 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Castle
Viewers: 6.14 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/. 4 (#3)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 8.72 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Blindspot
Viewers: 5.43 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). 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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      • I was asking because all the other sites seem to say a 0.75M average for Crazy EX, while here it’s 0.84M. The CW is testing an iZombie repeat on Monday 8pm in 2 weeks, however I really doubt they would air it at 8pm, possibly 9pm.

        • CW affiliates must be so thrilled they are guaranteed a night of less than a million lead-in for their news hour…

  1. “THE VOICE” TOPS ABC’S “DANCING” DEBUT BY +50% IN 18-49

    “VOICE” IS THE #1 TELECAST OF THE NIGHT ON THE BIG 4 IN EVERY KEY DEMOGRAPHIC

    “BLINDSPOT” IS THE #1 SCRIPTED SHOW OF THE NIGHT IN 18-49, WINS AT 10 AMONG ABC, CBS & NBC IN EVERY KEY DEMO

    Monday Primetime Results:

    NBC ranks #1 for Monday night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and all other key demos, taking six of six half-hours among those nets in adults 18-49.

    “The Voice” (2.7/9 in 18-49, 11.0 million viewers overall from 8-10:01 p.m. ET):

    · Is #1 program of the night on the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics.

    · Wins the 8-10 p.m. time period by a +50% margin over ABC’s premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” in 18-49 (2.7 vs. 1.8).

    · Outrates the “Dancing” debut in every key demographic.

    · Grows +0.6 of a rating point or +25% from its first half-hour to its fourth (2.4 to 3.0).

    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – season to date, Monday’s “Voice” has grown by +25% going from L+SD to L+7 in 18-49 rating (from a 3.13 to a 3.91) and 2.3 million viewers overall (12.1 million to 14.4 million).

    · Upscale: Monday’s “Voice” has delivered a solidly upscale audience, indexing at a 116 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (“most current,” including L+3).

    “Blindspot” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET):

    · Is the #1 scripted show of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49.

    · Ranks #1 in the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 and all other key demos.

    · Grows week to week in men 18-49 and men 25-54 and maintains 100% week to week in adults 18-34.

    · Will grow dramatically via time-shifting and VOD viewership:

    o L+7: “Blindspot” has increased by +79% this season in 18-49 rating (from a 2.28 to a 4.107 and 5.5 million viewers overall (8.2 million to 13.7 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    o L+3: Last week’s “Blindspot” grew by +63% going from “live plus same day” to “live plus three day” ratings in 18-49 (1.61 to 2.62) and by 3.3 million viewers overall (6.2 million to 9.5 million). “Blindspot” delivered Monday’s biggest L+3 lifts in 18-49 rating (+1.01) and total viewers (+3.3 million) and the total-viewer increase is the best for any Big 4 telecast through the opening four nights of the week.

    · Upscale: “Blindspot” is generating a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 125 among adults 18-49 living in home with $100K+ incomes (“most current,” including L+3).

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 2.6/7; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 1.7/4 with an encore; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 2.0/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.8/4; “Late Show,” 0.3/2 with an encore; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/2.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show” (0.9/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/2 with an encore).

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    For the Week:

    · NBC’s “The Voice” has finished #1 for the Week of March 14-20 in adults 18-49 among primetime shows on the Big 4 networks and has joined with “Little Big Shots” to account for three of the week’s top-five telecasts in that demo.

    · Monday’s “Voice” ranked #1 in adults 18-49, Tuesday’s “Voice” finished #3 and Sunday’s “Little Big Shots” tied for #4. Also delivering top-25 ratings in 18-49 were Tuesday’s 10 p.m. “Crowded” preview (tied for #16) and Monday’s “Blindspot” (tied for #19). Rankings exclude sports pre- and post-game shows.

    · NBC finished #2 for the week in total viewers, tied for #1 in women 25-54 and tied for #2 in adults 25-54.

    · NBC maintained 100% of its 18-49 rating for the same week last year (1.4 vs. 1.4) and was up +3% in total viewers (6.2 million vs. 6.1 million).

    · Monday’s “Voice” also ranked #1 for the week in adults, men and women 25-54 and “Little Big Shots” ranked #1 among primetime Big 4 programs in kids 2-11. IN total viewers, NBC also accounted for three of the week’s top-five shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, with “LBS” ranking #2 for the week.

    · Season to date, NBC is running within 0.1 of a rating point of #1 behind Super Bowl- and Grammy-boosted CBS in adults 18-49 and is tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-34 and women 18-34.

    · NBC’s total-viewer average of 8.538 million is the network’s highest at this point in a season without a Super Bowl or Olympic boost since 2006-07 (9.480 million).

    WEEKLY AVERAGES

    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    CBS 1.6/6, 2.0 million

    ABC 1.5/5, 1.9 million

    NBC 1.4/5, 1.7 million

    Fox 1.0/4, 1.3 million

    CW 0.2/1, 0.3 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    CBS 2.1/6, 2.5 million

    ABC 1.9/6, 2.2 million

    NBC 1.9/5, 2.2 million

    Fox 1.4/4, 1.6 million

    CW 0.3/1, 0.3 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    CBS 2.6/8, 7.7 million

    NBC 2.1/6, 6.2 million

    ABC 1.9/5, 5.5 million

    Fox 1.3/4, 3.9 million

    CW 0.3/1, 0.8 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

    SEASON TO DATE

    Average rating, share and audience in each category

    ADULTS 18-49

    CBS 2.4/8, 3.1 million

    NBC 2.3/8, 2.9 million

    Fox 2.0/7, 2.6 million

    ABC 1.9/6, 2.4 million

    CW 0.8/3, 1.0 million

    Each rating point equals 1.27 million viewers

    ADULTS 25-54

    CBS 3.2/9, 3.9 million

    NBC 2.9/8, 3.5 million

    Fox 2.4/7, 2.9 million

    ABC 2.3/6, 2.7 million

    CW 0.8/2, 1.0 million

    Each rating point equals 1.20 million viewers

    TOTAL VIEWERS

    CBS 3.8/11, 11.4 million

    NBC 2.9/8, 8.5 million

    ABC 2.3/6, 6.8 million

    Fox 2.1/6, 6.2 million

    CW 0.7/2, 2.0 million

    Each rating point equals 2.95 million viewers

    NOTE: Monday primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated. Season-to-date ratings are “most current” – “live plus seven day” except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

  2. FROM ABC

    ABC Monday Prime (8-11pm – 10.4 million and 1.6/5 in AD18-49): With the Season 22 premiere of Dancing with the Stars and Castle, ABC was the most-watched TV network on Monday (10.4 million) and took second place in Adults 18-49 (1.6/5). The Net marked its most-watched Monday since November – since 11/23/15.

    · ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was Monday’s most-watched TV show (12.3 million) and ranked #2 for the night in Adults 18-49 (1.8/6), behind only The Voice.

    Dancing with the Stars (8-10pm – 12.3 million and 1.8/6 in AD18-49): From 8-10pm, ABC’s 22nd season premiere of Dancing with the Stars outdrew NBC’s The Voice to lead the 2-hour slot by 1.8 million viewers (12.3 million vs. 11.0 million) and earned second with young adults (1.8/6). Against the Dancing premiere, The Voice fell to a season low (2.7/9). In fact, Dancing closed the Adult 18-49 gap year to year with The Voice by nearly half a rating point (-0.9 vs. -1.3 on the same night last year) for its most-competitive finish ever for a spring premiere against the NBC unscripted show.

    Castle (10-11pm – 6.6 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49): During the 10pm hour, ABC’s Castle returned from the prior week’s preemption with a 16% jump in Total Viewers (6.6 million vs. 5.7 million) and even with Adults 18-49 (1.1/4), delivering its biggest audience in 4 months – since 11/23/15. ABC’s Castle outdrew NBC’s Blindspot for the first time ever in the hour in Total Viewers (+8% – 6.6 million vs. 6.1 million).

    Live + 3 for Most Recent Telecast: On its most-recent telecast (3/7/16), Castle jumped up to a 1.8 rating among Adults 18-49 in the L+3 numbers (from a 1.1 in L+SD), up for the 3rd straight week (+6%) to its highest-rated L+3 telecast since mid-November – since 11/16/15.

  3. There’s no way Blindspot (or Blindside as you call it :p) is staying in that slot next season. Thursdays at 10 out of The Blacklist maybe?

    • Blindspot should not have returned at all. It will keep losing viewership next year.

      BTW, you’re my witness when I tell people next year it was 100% predictable. 😉

  4. NBC will never find solid 10pm hit on Monday, people at NBC should stay away from Blindspot type of shows.

    • NBC can’t find any hit in any slot (at least scripted ones), even if they pretend the Chicagos are hits…

      They should stay away from Greg Berlanti shows as he is your assurance of a flop, but of course that would be admitting they were wrong for all those years nurturing his imaginary talent.

  5. Dancing with the Stars remains solid and one of the only real positives that ABC has had since Christmas. Considering how hard it is to draw 11-13 million people these days for any program this is a real bet for me as one of the few shows that exist today that will still be around in 2030. I can’t wait to watch the rest of it tonight as this year’s cast is real unpredictable.

    I’m wondering about Castle’s future next season but Dungey clearly needs to use that slot for something new next season but people have been hoping for that for years now.

    Blindspot clearly not doing that well behind The Voice but the show is likely to be paired with The Blacklist on Thursdays next season. Little Big Shots is still a huge wild card on being placed on either Wednesdays or Thursdays in the fall after the Olympics.

    That Tribune decision on The CW can’t come fast enough. Nobody watches that network on Mondays.

    • Thursdays will be vastly improved on NBC next season with five weeks of Thursday Night Football. If Little Big Shots moves to Thursdays, 9pm is a prime spot although it would compete with NFL on CBS.

      • I see LBS as a huge option for Thursdays before TNF starts in mid-November plus it’ll be easy to do a hiatus for LBS than a scripted drama as LBS can relaunch either in January or back on Sundays like it did this year close to the spring.

        If Fridays still had value to them like they used to have before the 2000s, LBS would’ve been a candidate for that night but NBC needs it more on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

    • The thing is that it APPEARS difficult because the networks keep ordering bad shows from flop-makers.

      When you see that the 13th season of NCIS still gets 15-18 million viewers routinely, you can tell it’s the quality of the new shows that’s lacking, not some sort of curse put on network TV by the internet.

      • I actually had a good conversation about this with somebody the other day how TV shows now in days lack the quality that the old ones have. NCIS was apart of the last breed to me of the last great broadcast shows that standup well.

        Sports programming, NCIS, Little Big Shots, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars proves it’s still possible to get more than 15 million viewers at any given time on broadcast TV but it is getting a lot harder these days to do so.

        • Did we meet and I didn’t realize it? 😉

          A lot (probably most) “regular” people (ie. those who don’t care about what you should say to appear “in the know”) seem to think the level has decreased.

          I think the ratings illustrate that.

          Stepping away from the networks for the time being, besides Walking Dead, there isn’t a scripted show to beat “Talking Dead”. It’s quite dismal.

          I end up watching more sports and even some “non-fiction” programming as most scripted shows are just awful.

          Two interesting (I hope!) observations:

          1. Most shows are now shot on video. They used to be shot on film. It’s a downgrade.

          2. Most shows don’t use real musicians for their music. That’s another downgrade.

          Personally I think every art and craft has seen a huge downgrade from writing to acting, from directing to photography.

          Perhaps the one area that has held up is set design.

          That’s not much to go on…

          15 million viewers is very possible (even on cable as Walking Dead showed – What a story btw the only retooling that worked in the past 20 years!), but you have to stop hiring producers who think video looks like film, who think shaking the camera is a creative way of filming and who don’t care about plot holes in their scripts…

  6. Once again Yikes for scripted shows.

    You’d think there isn’t any talented writers, directors, actors and producers left in Hollywood when you see those numbers…

    Or perhaps the networks just insist on not hiring them…

  7. Crazy of ABC to overexpose DWTS like this… I understand Channing Dungey’s desperation given her renewal of so many flops, but still…

    Supergirl never finishes to drop…