8:37am PT by Mikey O'Connell
TV Ratings: Most Monday Series Drop in Week 2, While 'Gotham' Holds and 'Castle' Grows
No doubt buoyed by its Monday block, NBC won premiere week for the fourth year in a row. And as week No. 2 gets into full swing, its status is unlikely to change.
The pairing of The Voice and Blindspot topped the broadcast networks on Monday night, with The Voice only shedding two-tenths of a point in the key demo for a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49. Lead-out Blindspot, which is already poised for a back-nine pickup, retained 84 percent of its week-one haul for an average 2.6 rating in the key demo. Blindspot led last Monday's DVR gains in the first round of live-plus-3 data. The premiere is already up to a 4.5 rating among adults 18-49.
The Big Bang Theory dropped just over a point for an average 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. Freshman comedy Life in Pieces pulled a 2.0 rating in the key demo, itself falling seven-tenths of a point. Scorpion (1.7 adults) shed half of a point, and NCIS: L.A. (1.2 adults) was unmoved from the week prior.
Speaking of unmoved, Gotham retained its entire premiere score as well, averaging a same-day 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. (The first episode rose to a 2.5 rating in initial DVR views.) Minority Report, which had modest time-shifting for its premiere, was off two-tenths of a point from its initial go to a 0.9 rating on Monday night.
Dancing With the Stars held steady on ABC, averaging a 1.9 rating in the key demo. And, at 10 p.m., Castle rebounded from last week's soft re-entry. The drama rose four-tenths of a point to a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. And that was after solid improvement in the first round of time-shifting. Football pre-emptions mean its Monday number may drop, but likely not so much that it will fall back down to last week's score.