TV Ratings: 'State of Affairs' Comes Shy of 'Blacklist' Numbers

State of Affairs (NBC)

Stars: Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Cliff Chamberlain, Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Tommy Savas, Leslie Odom Jr., Farshad Farahat 
Team: Alexi Hawley, Joe Carnahan, Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Bob Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz, Rodney Faraon

Described as Scandal meets The West Wing, the drama revolves around a maverick CIA officer who was plucked from the field to become the president's daily briefer, assuming responsibility for targeting America's most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.

Heading into the third month of the fall, NBC finally debuted its big bet for the 2014-15 broadcast season on Monday night. Stepping into the time slot that's worked so well for The Blacklist, Katherine Heigl comeback vehicle State of Affairs enjoyed a solid (if not entirely stellar) outing in its first live-plus-same day showing.

The 10 p.m. broadcast pulled an average 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers. That's not at the level The Blacklist premiered to in 2013 — or returned to in September — but State of Affairs did not have the advantage of a Voice premiere as its lead-in. The singing competition, still the night's top Big Four show, was considerably south of season premiere numbers. (Monday's Voice averaged a 3.0 rating in the key demo and 10.8 million viewers.)

Compared to last week' State of Affairs was also three-tenths of a point shy from the fall finale of Blacklist.

As with all broadcast series that don't flop of come thundering out of the gate these days, State of Affairs' real measure for success will be in time-shifting and retention. The latter will be an especially big obstacle when The Voice goes on hiatus at the end of the year.