Ratings: ‘Intelligence’ bombs vs. ‘The Blacklist’; ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Almost Human’ steady

The Blacklist logo any seasonThis just in: If you have a brand new crime drama, airing it against two other crime dramas with established audiences already is a pretty stupid move. CBS should have gotten the hint with “Hostages,” and now “Intelligence” is finding it out the hard way. The only difference between the two? We actually felt like “Hostages” was a pretty good show.

Despite starting off with great numbers last week after “NCIS,” the series literally lost more than half of its total viewers and 18-49 numbers in its move to Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. A 1.1 rating and 6.1 million viewers are ratings so woeful for the network that executives may want to plant a chip in their brain so that they can forget this ever happened.

Not to continue the “Intelligence” is awful train for too long here, but this is a show that has someone excellent in the lead with Josh Holloway, but really failed when it came to the objective of giving his “Lost” fans something to grasp a hold of. Much of his charming energy is sucked away here, and surrounding him with super-serious characters didn’t help.

Unless the ratings miraculously improve next week, you have to wonder whether or not Meghan Ory will be back on “Once Upon a Time” again next year as Red. She left the show in order to film this one, and hasn’t really been heard from since.

Elsewhere, fans of “The Blacklist” may be bummed to see that the show dropped to a 2.5 rating in its first airing without “The Voice” as a lead-in, and that marks a season low. However, this is still a pretty solid number that puts it at #1! All things considered, not too shabby. Meanwhile, another winner on the night is Fox. “Almost Human” actually improve its fortunes in rising to a 2.0, and “Sleepy Hollow” matched its previous 2.2 rating in its first episode of 2014. This bodes well for the shows, especially for “Almost Human” given that it hasn’t been renewed yet.

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