UPDATE: New Orleans really supports their team. That and a two-minute runover of The Voice led to a bigger than usual adjustment for The Blacklist, which slipped to a 3.3 in the finals, down 13% from the premiere. The Voice was adjusted up a tenth.
PREVIOUS: New CBS comedy We Are Men picked up where its predecessor Partners left off last fall. In its debut, We Are Men drew a 2.0/5 in adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers at 8:30 PM, below the debut of swiftly cancelled Partners (2.4, 6.5 million) last September and CBS’ lowest-rated in-season comedy premiere ever. CBS’ entire lineup was down from premiere Monday. How I Met Your Mother (3.1/9, 7.7 million) was down 16% in 18-49, 2 Broke Girls (2.4/6, 7.6 million) was down 14% to tie its series low. New comedy Mom (2.2/5) was down 12%, while freshman drama Hostages (1.5/4, 6 million) was down 17% in the demo. The hostage drama got a reprieve with a solid DVR gain (+50% in 18-49 Live+3) for its debut, but still, these are not live ratings you want to see for a serialized drama so early into its run.
Hostages‘ rival in the 10 PM slot, NBC’s The Blacklist, held up much better in Week 2. The James Spader showcase (3.6/10, 12.1 million) was down a scant 5% in 18-49 from its solid premiere to again rank as the top scripted program of the night. Its lead-in, The Voice (4.6/13, 14.2 million) was down 10%. The numbers for both shows may have been pumped up by a tenth or so by an NFL pre-emption in New Orleans. NBC comfortably won the night in 18-49 and total viewers with the two top programs in 18-49 and No. 1 and No. 3 in total viewers.
Logging an even stronger hold than Blacklist was Fox’s newbie Sleepy Hollow (3.0/8), down just a tenth (3%) from last week. And its companion, veteran Bones (2.2/6), was the only series to post a week-to-week gains last night, up 16%. ABC’s Castle (2.2/6) posted the second best retention, even with last week. Dancing With The Stars (2.0/5, 12.8 million) was down 13%.
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