TV ratings: ‘Blacklist’ holds strong, ‘We Are Men’ opens soft

James Spader has plenty to be happy about in Week 2 of the fall TV season.

NBC’s “The Blacklist,” the FBI drama that stars Spader, drew more than 12 million viewers Monday night. The show got a rating of 3.6 in the key 18-49 demographic, down just 5% from last week’s premiere, according to early numbers from Nielsen.

That being said, “Blacklist” had a big lead-in from “The Voice,” which drew 14.2 million viewers Monday. The reunited cast of judges, with another round of blind of auditions, won the night with a 4.6 demo rating, which is down 10% from last Monday’s premiere.

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With “Blacklist” and “The Voice,” NBC won the night with a 4.3 rating and an average audience of 13.5 million.

CBS debuted “We Are Men,” a comedy about a young guy who moves in with a group of older men after being dumped at the alter, but it did not get off to a strong start. The show, which features Chris Smith, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell and Kal Penn, brought in 6.4 million viewers. Its rating of 2.0 was down 17% from last year’s premiere of “Partners” in the same time period, though “Partners” premiered the week before.

Leading in to “We Are Men,” “How I Met Your Mother” drew a 3.1, down 16% from last week. “Two Broke Girls,” “Mom” and “Hostages” slipped from their openers.

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Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” a quirky modern take on the Ichabod Crane legend, is holding pretty steady in its third week. Going against the second hour of “The Voice,” it drew 7.93 million viewers, and its rating of 3.0 was down just 3% compared with last week.

In the time slot before “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bones” increased its 18-49 rating 16% compared with last week.

On Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC, fan favorite Bill Nye the Science Guy was sent home, and his last episode got a 2.0, down 13% from last week. “Castle” held steady with last week at a 2.2.



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