The ratings are in for Monday night’s primetime lineup, but let’s go ahead and kick things off with an Asterisk Report. There are inflated numbers on both ABC and The CW last night because of Monday Night Football airing on broadcast stations in select markets, so there’s no point in discussing the preliminary numbers now. Stick an asterisk on them and throw them out the window.
Luckily, there’s enough interesting stuff elsewhere to make up for some numbers being immediately irrelevant.
Good news for All Rise, Bob Hearts Abishola – Has CBS stopped the bleeding for two of its new shows? It feels that way, with both of these shows generating a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This is the show’s best performance since the premiere and it gives this ultimate underdog a better chance of sticking around. If you recall, we had All Rise early on as one of the shows most in danger, largely because of a title that gives little away and a relative lack of interest in more court dramas. Yet, the show itself is keeping the audience it’s found. Not a bad past few weeks retention-wise.
Meanwhile, Bob Hearts Abishola is also finding its way. It gained more than 300,000 live viewers from last week and held firm at its 0.7 rating, which it’s been at for the past few weeks. Similar to All Rise, it’s kept the audience it initially found, even if that audience is far from enormous. These two ratings stand out front and center in the CBS field, though it’s worth noting that Bull also had its best performance since the premiere with a 0.7.
So why did the CBS lineup all rise … to borrow a term from the aforementioned show? Think of it this way — there were no major Monday night football games siphoning viewers. We refuse to even knowledge what the Jets did last night as actual football and nobody probably wanted to watch that for more than 15 minutes … unless you were a Patriots fan.
OK news for Bluff City Law – Last night’s episode posted the same 0.5 rating it did the week prior. That’s not stellar news by any means, but it’s also not terrible. It shows that the series was reasonably immune to the announcement that only ten episodes are being produced. You can hear more about this in our video below — Be sure to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for some other TV updates.
The winner of the night – No surprise that it’s 9-1-1, as the show managed to improve on its last outing up to a 1.5 rating in the demo. We are getting to a point now, thanks to a small slide for This Is Us and the lack of new scripted hits elsewhere, that you have to start considering this one of the biggest demo hits on network TV. It’s been up there, but it’s moving up a few pegs this season. Also worth noting — Prodigal Son drew a 0.8 rating and while decent, it is losing almost half of its lead-in. That’s not great, though Fox is obviously happy enough to keep it for a full season.
What did you watch on television last night, if anything? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: CBS.)