Monday TV Ratings: THE BLACKLIST Debuts Strong, HOSTAGES Soft; SLEEPY HOLLOW Shows Impressive Hold

     September 24, 2013


The Fall TV season is off and running, and Monday evening’s ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • NBC’s new drama The Blacklist premiered to a solid 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 12.62 million viewers, which is down from Revolution’s 4.1 rating from last year but still high enough to dominate the 10pm time period.
  • Opposite The Blacklist, CBS’ new drama series Hostages faltered with a 1.8 rating and 7.48 million viewers.  Not exactly a promising start for this heavily serialized show.
  • Also on CBS, How I Met Your Mother kicked off its final season with a 3.6 rating and 9.19 million viewers for back-to-back episodes, which is just about even with last year’s premiere.

Hit the jump for the full ratings report for Monday, September 23rd, including 2 Broke Girls, Mom, Castle, Bones, and Sleepy Hollow.


  • how-i-met-your-mother-the-locketThe season premiere of CBS’ 2 Broke Girls garnered a 2.8 rating and 8.56 million viewers, down quite a bit from last year’s 3.7 rating.
  • The new Chuck Lorre comedy Mom hit a 2.5 rating and 7.92 million viewers in its series premiere, which is slightly disappointing.
  • How I Met Your Mother scored a 3.6 rating and 9.19 million viewers for a mostly promising start to its final season, though it doesn’t appear that previous viewers are returning for this last stretch of episodes; for now at least.
  • The new drama series Hostages debuted with a very soft 1.8 rating and 7.48 million viewers, simply matching Hawaii Five-0’s most recent premiere in the timeslot.


  • The new James Spader series The Blacklist hit an impressive 3.8 rating and 12.62 million viewers for its series premiere—a rare win for an NBC drama series.  We’ll see how well it holds next week.


  • The new drama series Sleepy Hollow, which premiered last week, showed a surprisingly impressive hold with a 3.1 rating and 8.56 million viewers.  That’s down just four tenths from last week’s 3.5 rating and bodes well for a renewal.  Read Allison’s recap here.
  • Bones hit a 1.9 rating and 6.66 million viewers, down four tenths from last week’s 2.3 rating for the new season premiere.


  • Castle notched a 2.2 rating and 11.48 million viewers for its season premiere, which is up one tenth from last year’s 2.1 premiere rating.