9:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Life in Pieces' Rises on Sports-Heavy Monday
Against some sizable sports competition on cable (the Giants-Eagles game on ESPN's Monday Night Football and an enduringly strong MLB postseason on Fox Sports 1), Monday finally saw some movement for broadcast series after a few weeks of stability.
Reaping the biggest growth of the night was CBS comedy Life in Pieces. After a reasonably steady The Big Bang Theory, which averaged a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49, the freshman comedy jumped three-tenths of a point from the previous episode for its strongest showing (a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49) since the premiere. Scorpion, steady with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, led into a boosted NCIS: L.A. — up two-tenths of a point to a 1.3 rating in the key demo.
NBC won the night, though it did so with some drops. The Voice, shedding three-tenths of a point, clocked a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49. With that slightly softer lead-in, Blindspot finally took a hit after weeks of same-day stamina. The drama lost four-tenths of a point in the key demo for a 2.1 rating with 18-49ers.
Dancing With the Stars, averaging a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, improved two-tenths of a point before a flat episode of Castle (1.1 adults) on ABC.
Gotham dropped two-tenths of a point on Fox — its first noticeable fall since the premiere — for an average 1.3 rating among adults 18-49. Minority Report continued to limp along with just a 0.6 rating in the demo.
The CW's Monday scores are tentative and subject to downward adjustment, thanks to NFL pre-emptions in the New York market, but both Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.4 adults) and Jane the Virgin (0.5 adults) are thus far in just slightly better shape than they were with last week's premieres.