TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' Holds as 'Scorpion' and 'Gotham' Dip, 'The Originals' Returns

A smaller 'Voice' lead-in doesn't slow the James Spader drama
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'The Originals'

The Voice may have seen its first week-to-week drop this season, shedding four-tenths of a point for an average 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 in its live-plus-same-day showing, but the slightly more modest lead-in did not harm The Blacklist. The third episode of the season held steady with last week, pulling a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and easily outrating the rest of the broadcast dramas.

The Big Bang Theory, pulling a 4.4 rating in the key demo, was also down four-tenths of a point from last week's live showing — and CBS anticipated a 50 percent last week. Scorpion was again tied with Fox's Gotham in the key demo, having dropped six-tenths of a point to a 2.5 in the demo. NCIS: LA (1.6 adults) rounded out the night for CBS, down three-tenths.

As for Gotham, its 2.5 rating with adults under 50 marked a three-tenths drop from last week — where it rose 50 percent in the demo after just three days of time-shifting. Fox should also find some pleasure in Sleepy Hollow's steady 1.7 rating in the key demo. The diminished sophomore drama seems to have leveled off for the time being.

Dancing With the Stars (1.8 adults) held even on ABC, while Castle (1.9 adults) dropped three-tenths of a point from last week's premiere.

Meanwhile, The CW continues to slowly start its fall season. The Originals returned to Monday, with a 0.7 rating in the key demo and 1.35 million viewers. Compared to last fall's series premiere, it was down 30 percent.