Well, hello. The 2013-2014 scripted TV season really started last night, and there's a lot to report. I'll also include Friday's premieres, as well, to keep you up to date.
Last Man Standing (ABC, Fridays at 8pm ET)
6.67 million Overall Viewers
1.5/6 in the 18-49 Demo
It's returned to extremely similar numbers to last season, so that means it's a lock for renewal. ;)
The Neighbors (ABC, Fridays at 8:30pm ET)
4.58 million Overall Viewers
1.2/4 in the 18-49 Demo
I can't think of a bigger lead in mismatch than this and Last Man Standing, but where else were they going to put this? The Neighbors is not looking good for renewal at these numbers, unless DVR ends up helping them a lot, something that didn't really happen last season.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS, Mondays at 8pm ET)
9.012 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.4/10 in the 18-49 Demo
9.364 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.7/10 in the 18-49 Demo
The final season is here, and people can't wait to see it end (as evidenced by these numbers). The closer it gets to the end of the season the more viewers there will probably be. I don't watch the show, so I could give a you know what.
2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays at 9pm ET)
8.756 million Overall Viewers
2.8/7 in the 18-49 Demo
Well, that was a lackluster premiere for a show that has had excellent ratings its first two seasons. CBS is probably upset about these numbers, but likely not as upset as they are about the numbers of...
Mom (CBS, Mondays at 9:30pm ET)
7.923 million Overall Viewers
2.5/6 in the 18-49 Demo
I completely expected this show to be a hit, but it's not. It's not a hit, at all. In normal circumstances, I would call this premiere DOA, but I'll give it a slightly longer leash, just because of who it's from. The numbers should dip next week, which speaks to an unspeakable and unbelievable end. Cancellation...
Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Mondays at 9pm ET)
8.682 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
3.1/8 in the 18-49 Demo
8.441 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.1/8 in the 18-49 Demo
Sleepy Hollow met its real competition on Monday nights, and, that's right, it CRUSHED IT! Only The Voice rated higher, and almost no one could predict that. As long as it stays anywhere above a 2.2 in the 18-49 demo, this show is a for sure renewal.
Hostages (CBS, Mondays at 10pm ET)
7.800 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.0/5 in the 18-49 Demo
7.171 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
1.7/5 in the 18-49 Demo
This is the topper of a crapper night on CBS. This show is officially DOA, even though I think it was always intended to be one season anyway. It will probably air all 13, but there is definitely much weeping and gnashing of teeth going on at CBS over its Monday night numbers. The only show with good ratings (for them) is the one in its final season. DVR numbers may tell a different story in a couple of weeks, but this was not a good start for anything after 9pm ET.
The Blacklist (NBC, Mondays at 10pm ET)
13.471 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
4.1/11 in the 18-49 Demo
11.760 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
3.5/10 in the 18-49 Demo
Just like last season, NBC had a stellar opening ratings night. I'll be watching The Blacklist shortly, but I'm quite sure these ratings far exceeded NBC's expectations. As long as it's not a terrible show, this should be a lock for a second season. They're treating it like a flagship show, based on the marketing I've seen during football, and it had flagship numbers. Let's hope it keeps it up. Could this be NBC's year to get back to number one?
Castle (ABC, Mondays at 10pm ET)
11.990 million Overall Viewers (First Half Hour)
2.3/6 in the 18-49 Demo
10.979 million Overall Viewers (Second Half Hour)
2.2/6 in the 18-49 Demo
With ratings as consistent as days that end with y, Castle should get to stick around as long as it wants.
I'll be back tomorrow with more premiere and follow up ratings notes. Thanks for reading.