October 1, 2013



And like that, CBS’s Monday is in trouble.

CBS:  The final season of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is holding up well enough, down 0.6 from last week’s season debut to 3.1.  After that, it gets ugly.  WE ARE MEN had a lousy 2.0 debut, which is down 0.4 from the start for last year’s canceled Partners.  2 BROKE GIRLS tied its series low 2.4, down 0.4 from last week’s season premiere.  MOM was down 0.3 from its start to an unimpressive 2.2.  And HOSTAGES was downright painful, falling 0.3 from its premiere to 1.5.  Aside from HIMYM, every show was in 3rd or 4th place in its timeslot.

NBC:  Another resounding victory, as THE VOICE dropped 0.5 from last week’s season premiere to 4.6, and THE BLACKLIST lost just 0.2 from its premiere to 3.6.  2 small caveats:  the network’s New Orleans affiliate carried the Monday night football game, and Blacklist didn’t actually start until 10:02PM, both of which may have inflated the numbers a bit.  But even if they come down a tenth or two, these are still big wins.

FOX:  SLEEPY HOLLOW is the real thing, barely down from last week at 3.0 and behind only The Voice at 9PM.  The combination of Sleepy and CBS’s weakness seems to have given a lift to the veteran BONES, which was up 0.3 from last week to a very nice 2.2.

ABC:  DANCING WITH THE STARS fell 0.3 from last week’s season premiere to 2.0, although as usual the old-skewing show looked better in total viewer numbers.  CASTLE was steady at 2.2, benefiting from CBS’s collapse in the 10PM hour.

CW:  The network’s attempt to keep the timeslot warm with Part I of the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL didn’t do much with 0.4.

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CBS SUNDAY FOOTNOTE:  For the record, Sunday’s late NFL game moved the CBS schedule by 15 minutes in several east coast markets, but didn’t change the numbers for the rest of the night’s season premieres.  The result was that 60 MINUTES was down 0.3 from last year’s premiere to 1.4, THE AMAZING RACE was down 0.5 to 2.0, THE GOOD WIFE fell 0.3 to 1.5, and THE MENTALIST dropped 0.5 to 1.6.  The entire line-up was in last place for the night, except that Mentalist edged out ABC;s flop Betrayal by 0.1 at 10PM.

The big question tonight is how AGENTS OF SHIELD will hold up in its second week, now that the hype is past–and along with it, the rest of ABC’s all-new line-up.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."