'Blacklist' ratings remain strong (but not all new shows so lucky)

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NBC’s The Blacklist won the New Show Lotto again Monday night, but some other freshman titles weren’t so fortunate.

The James Spader crime thriller was down only 5 percent from last week’s premiere, though that includes a minute of Voice overrun that will later get factored out. When you look at Blacklist by half-hours, the first is a 3.8 among adults 18-49 and the second is 3.3, so there’s clearly some drainage.

Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, too, was relatively unscathed. The third week saw the Gothic crime procedural down only 3 percent in the ratings.

Yet CBS’ new shows had challenges across the board on a night when the network is normally very strong. The premiere of the critically slammed We Are Men was predictably troubled at 8:30 p.m. — 6.4 million and a 2.0 rating, down sharply from its HIMYM lead-in. We Are Men could have made it tougher for 2 Broke Girls, which was down 14 percent. The promising Mom slipped 12 percent from last week’s modest opener. And at 10 p.m., Hostages fell 17 percent against Blacklist to rank a distant third in the hour.

Meanwhile the night’s heaviest of hitters, The Voice, was down 10 percent from last week’s launch.

This just in: NBC put out a release touting that the network not only won premiere week, but is up 7 percent from last year with a 35 percent margin of victory over the No. 2 network (ABC, surprisingly).

Here’s the full chart:

 SHOW  ADULTS 18-49 RATING TOTAL VIEWERS
FOX 8-9P BONES 2.2 7,067
9-10P SLEEPY HLW 3.0 7,927
ABC 8-10P DANCNG-STR 2.0 12,805
10-11P CASTLE- 2.2 10,860
CBS 8:00P HW I-MOTHR- 3.1 7,735
8:30P WE ARE MEN- P 2.0 6,396
9:00P 2BROKE GRL- 2.4 7,594
9:30P MOM- 2.2 6,927
10-11P HOSTAGES- 1.5 5,993
NBC 8-10P VOICE- 4.6 14,150
10-11P BLACKLIST- 3.6 12,082
CW 8-10P IHRT-FEST-1-CW S 0.4 1,053

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