By Tim Kenneally
Apparently, television viewers aren’t clamoring for the sight of a Speedo-clad Jerry O’Connell. What’s up, America?
With its Monday debut, CBS’s “We Are Men” — which counts a nearly naked O’Connell among its cast — became the lowest-rated in-season comedy premiere in the network’s history. Meanwhile, NBC’s “The Blacklist” held mostly steady versus last week’s premiere and widened its margin in the 10 p.m. timeslot versus a declining “Hostages,” according to preliminary numbers.
“We Are Men,” premiering at 8:30 p.m., drew a 2.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser preferred 18-49 demographic –down 17 percent from last year’s premiere of the short-lived “Partners”– and had 6.4 million total viewers.
NBC had a commanding first place in the demo with a 4.3/12 and also took the top slot in total viewers with 13.5 million. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. was down 10 percent from last Monday’s premiere, posting a 4.6 rating/13 share in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic (compared to last Monday’s 4.9/13). Despite the minor decline, “The Voice” took first place in the demo and total viewers.
The new drama “The Blacklist” followed at 10, posting a 3.6/10 in the demo versus lat week’s 3.8/10 — at the time, the best premiere since last season’s “Revolution” — and had 12.1 million total viewers, compared to last week’s 12.6 million.
Fox grabbed second place in the demo with a 2.6/7 and was third in total viewers with 7.5 million. “Bones” at 8 jumped 16 percent in the demo from last week with a 2.2/6 and inched up in total viewers for 7.1 million. The freshman drama “Sleepy Hollow,” which followed at 9, ticked down marginally from the previous week for a 3.0/8 and took 7.9 million total viewers.
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ABC shared third place in the demo with CBS, averaging a 2.1/6 for the night, and was a close second in total viewers with 12.2 million total viewers. “Dancing With the Stars” at 8 slid 13 percent, tying its lowest-rated Monday telecast in series history for a 2.0/5, but took second place in total viewers with 12.8 million. “Castle” followed at 10, drawing even with last week’s premiere for a 2.2/6 and taking 10.9 million total viewers.
CBS, fourth place in total viewers for the night with 6.8 million, suffered declines across the board Monday night. Aside from the “We Are Men” premiere, “How I Met Your Mother” at 8 slid 16 percent from last week’s premiere for a 3.1/9 and grabbed 7.7 million total viewers. “2 Broke Girls” at 9, meanwhile, fell 14 percent from last week’s premiere to tie a series low of 2.4/6 with 7.6 million total viewers.
The new drama “Hostages,” which premiered last week, dropped 17 percent from last week’s debut for a 1.5/4 and took 6 million total viewers.
Univision was fifth in the demo and total viewers with a 1.3/4 and 3.4 million.
The CW, which aired the IHeartRadio concert throughout its primetime slate, tied Telemundo for sixth place in the demo with a 0.4/1 and was seventh in total viewers with 1.05 million total viewers, compared to Telemundo’s 1.07 million.