Ratings: Voice and Castle Return Up, Blacklist Beats Down Hostages, Sleepy Hollow Still Strong
NBC | The Voice kicked off Season 5 with 14.7 million total viewers and a 4.9 demo rating, up from both its year-ago premiere (12.2 mil/4.2) and its March opener (13.6 mil/4.8). Leading out of that, The Blacklist debuted to 12.6 mil/3.8, up in viewers but down 7 percent in the demo vs. Revolution‘s series launch (11.7 mil/4.1) but still dominating the 10 o’clock hour.
ABC | Dancing With the Stars this week did 13.4 mil/2.3, dropping 16 and 26 percent from its premiere. Castle returned to 11.5 mil and a 2.2, up from both last season’s premiere (11.1 mil/2.1) and finale (10.5 mil/2.1), but placing a distant second in the demo behind James Spader & Co.
CBS | How I Met Your Mother‘s double-episode opener averaged 9.2 mil/3.6, on par with last fall’s launch (8.8 mil/3.6) and up from its penultimate finale (8.6 mil/3.4). 2 Broke Girls‘ 8.8 mil and 2.8 marks 13 and 25 percent drops from a year ago, and a dip of two tenths from its finale. Mom debuted to 7.9 mil/2.5, well shy of Mike & Molly‘s year-ago premiere (9.5 mil/3.1) but up a tenth in the demo from where M&M left things (8.3 mil/2.4). Hostages capped CBS’ night with a soft 7.5 mil/1.8, merely matching Hawaii Five-0′s most recent premiere (8 mil/1.8) and down two tenths from the cop show’s May finale.
FOX | Facing greatly increased competition, Bones (6.7 mil/1.9) was down 14 and 17 percent from its season opener. Sleepy Hollow in Week 2 did 8.6 mil/3.1, dipping 15 and 9 percent from its premiere’s same-day numbers (which, after you factor in Live+3 DVR playback, stands as Fox’s best drama debut since 24).
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