9:23am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Jane the Virgin' Is OK in Debut, Improves CW Time Slot
Whether you look at the premiere performance of The CW's Jane the Virgin as good news or bad news, each option does come with a bit of a caveat.
The critically lauded stateside spin on a Venezuelan telenovela debuted to a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.6 million viewers. And while outwardly small, that's double the demo showing previous 9 p.m. time slot occupant Beauty and the Beast earned last fall. Jane the Virgin also built on its lead-in audience, eclipsing The Originals' 1.3 million viewers.
If the numbers aren't swayed by adjustments later in the day — The CW was preempted in St. Louis for Monday Night Football — it will stand as the network's best Monday in two years.
Elsewhere, NBC saw mild improvement in both The Voice (3.9 adults) and The Blacklist (2.8 adults), with each series growing its live-plus-same-day showing by two-tenths of a ratings point from last week. That gave NBC the nightly edge in the demo and total viewers.
CBS' own scores are tentative like The CW's, with NFL preemption in San Francisco. That won't keep a steady Big Bang Theory from being the top series of the night with a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. Scorpion (2.4 adults) and NCIS: LA (1.6 adults) also each held steady.
There was little fluctuation elsewhere on the dial either, with Gotham (2.4 adults) and Sleepy Hollow (1.7 adults) both holding on Fox — and ABC seeing no movement for either Dancing With the Stars (1.9 adults) or Castle (2.0 adults).