8:55am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Taken' Premieres Well for NBC, but 'When We Rise' Is Weak After 'Bachelor'
By the standards set by this year's previous midseason offerings, Taken got off to a pretty good start on NBC.
The new Monday drama, opening after a dominant reentry for The Voice, kicked off with an average 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers — winning the 10 p.m. hour by both measures.
That's better than the premieres of fellow NBC entry Blacklist: Redemption and Fox's Monday openings for 24: Legacy and APB, as well as CBS' Training Day and the swiftly canceled Doubt. It was also heads above ABC miniseries entry When We Rise. The first hour of the Dustin Lance Black effort pulled a 0.8 rating in the key demo Monday night, before falling to a 0.6 rating for its second hour.
Both When We Rise and Taken had especially competitive lead-ins. The Voice returned to NBC with a winning 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 13 million viewers, locking a Monday win for NBC in both arenas. On ABC, The Bachelor didn't even take a hit against the return of The Voice. It came in No. 2 for the night with an even 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers.
NBC and ABC had the only premieres for the night, but all of the broadcast networks aired original episodes. CBS also had new episodes of Man With the Plan (1.2 adults), off without an original lead-in, Superior Donuts (1.2 adults), 2 Broke Girls (1.2 adults) and Scorpion (1.1 adults) — the last three all even with last week's ratings. On Fox, 24: Legacy (1.0 adults) and APB (0.8 adults) were also unmoved.
Supergirl earned an even 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 on the CW, while Jane the Virgin averaged a 0.3 rating.