CBS is stepping in to try to right the Monday ship, which has been destabilized by lackluster performances from most of the network’s new shows. For starters, flailing freshman We Are Men … Read More »
CBS’ serialized new dramaHostages was designed for a limited run. The question is how limited. In its third week, the thriller fell to a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 20% from last Monday. That is very low by CBS drama standards. It is the first in-season heavily serialized drama series on CBS in a long time, but Under The Dome did fine over the summer in the same Monday 10 PM, warming it up for Hostages. With two other hot new drama offerings Monday — Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and NBC’s The Blacklist, both already renewed and picked up for a full season, respectively — Hostages is getting rejected by viewers. Given the auspices involved — Jerry Bruckheimer TV and stars Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott — CBS will likely air the entire 15-episode first-season arc. The question is whether it will keep the show on Monday, which needs some propping up. As I noted in my Premiere Week analysis, CBS is vulnerable on Mondays this fall. None of the new shows popped. In its second outing, new comedy We Are Men (1.8) was down 10% from its soft premiere and the second-lowest-rated CBS series behind Hostages. It squandered a large portion of its How I Met Your Mother lead-in (2.9, down 6%) and seems to be hurting its lead-out, 2 Broke Girls (2.2), down 8% to a new series low. Fellow new comedy Mom (2.0) is doing a little better, down 9% but holding onto most of 2 Broke Girls‘ younger viewers.
Besides Hostages‘ 20% plunge, virtually all other series last night saw their ratings shaved off by 10% or less. Fox’s Bones (2.0) was down 6%. Sleepy Hollow (2.7) was off by 10%. NBC’s The Voice (4.5) was down 4%, while Blacklist (3.2) was off by a tenth (3%). It may be adjusted down another tenth because of a minute of Voice overrun. NBC won the night in 18-49 (4.1, 13.3 million) ABC logged a 2.1 for Dancing With The Stars (up 5%) and 2.0 for Castle (down 9%) though the numbers were likely inflated by a local NFL pre-emption.
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. Read More »
Nicholas Gonzalez will recur on new Fox dramaSleepy Hollow as Luke, Abbie’s (Nicole Beharie) ex-boyfriend who works for the Sleepy Hollow Police Department. He is with Pakula/King & Associates and KLWGN.
CBS has released a first look of the key art designs for its four new comedy series, The Crazy Ones, The Millers, Mom and We Are Men. Check them out:
The Crazy Ones stars Robin Williams as larger-than-life advertising genius Simon Roberts whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired… if he weren’t the boss. The image features Williams playfully posing with illuminated light bulbs. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:Tad Quill has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the pact, he will join the studio’s new CBS single-camera comedy series We Are Menas consulting producer. The project, created/executive produced by … Read More »