NBC's THE BLACKLIST is #1 Drama of Monday Night

NBC's THE BLACKLIST is #1 Drama of Monday Night

With its first original telecast in six weeks, "The Blacklist" (2.5/7 in adults 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET) decisively won The Hour among ABC, CBS and ABC in adults 18-49, more than doubling CBS's time-period premiere of "Intelligence" (1.1/3) and topping ABC's "Castle" (1.9/5) by a 26% margin. In the time period, "The Blacklist" was #1 or tied for #1 in every key measure among those dramas.

"The Blacklist" scored the #1 drama rating of the night on the Big 4 in 18-49 and was also the #1 drama in total viewers.

"The Blacklist" was up 67% in 18-49 versus NBC's January 2013 average in the time period, also without a "Voice" lead-in (2.5 vs. 1.5), and was up 113% or 4.8 million persons in total viewers (9.113 million vs. 4.285 million).

L+7 Time-Shifting: "The Blacklist" is a heavily time-shifted series, with fourth-quarter originals adding 2.1 rating points or 68% on average to these next-day "live plus same day" ratings when Nielsen issues "live plus seven day" results (to a 5.2 from a 3.1), and growing by 6.1 million viewers overall (17.2 million persons vs. 11.1 million).

From 8-10 p.m. ET, "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan" (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall) scored "Ninja Warrior's" highest rating since July 23, 2012, beating every telecast from this past summer.

In the time period, "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan" ranked #1 among the Big 4 nets in men 18-34. For its second hour from 9-10 p.m., "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan" pulled within 0.2 of the time-period lead in adults 18-49 (with a 2.1 rating vs. a 2.3 for CBS and ABC).

For its fourth half-hour from 9:30-10 p.m., "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. Japan" moved ahead of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" and CBS's "Mom" in adults 18-49 (with a 2.2 rating vs. a 2.1 that half-hour for FOX and CBS).

Despite the absence of "The Voice" from its lineup, NBC finished in a four-way tie for #1 Monday among ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in adults 18-49 (2.1 rating each, pending updates) and NBC ranked #1 outright among those nets in men 18-49 (2.1).

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.9/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.6/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

For the Week:

Led by the most-watched "Golden Globe" telecast in 10 years, NBC has finished #2 for the Primetime ratings week of Jan. 6-12 among the Big 4 networks in adults 18-49, adults 18-34, adults 25-54, total viewers and most other key measures, with the "Golden Globes" ranking #1 among non-sports programs on those networks in adults 18-49 with a 6.5 rating and total viewers with 20.9 million persons. The 6.5 matches the top "Globes" rating since 2004 and the 20.9 million is its biggest average audience since that same year.

For the week, Sunday's "71st Annual Golden Globe Awards" ranked #1 outright among Big 4 Primetime telecasts in women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 and was #1 among non-sports programs in adults 18-34, adults 18-49, men 18-34, teens 12-17 and total viewers. Joining the "Globes" among the week's top 25 Primetime programs in adults 18-49 were "Law & Order: SVU" (tied for #18), the premiere of "Chicago P.D." (tied for #20) and "Chicago Fire" (tied for #20, rankings exclude sports overruns and pre- and post-game shows).

NBC has finished #1, tied for #1 or #2 among the Big 4 networks in 18-49 for all 16 weeks so far this season. NBC leads the season by 0.4 of a rating point in 18-49 (with a 3.0 rating vs. second-place CBS's 2.6), the biggest margin for any network 16 weeks into the season in 11 years (since NBC led by 0.6 of a point in 2002-03). NBC is the only Big 4 network so far this season to be equaling its 18-49 rating of one year ago, and its 3.0 matches the net's top rating at this point in the season in six years (since a 3.3 in 2007-08).

Through 16 weeks of the season, NBC ranks #1 among ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX in adults 18-49 and is also #1 in every other key demo - adults, men and women 18-34; men and women 18-49; and adults, men and women 25-54 (including a tie for #1 with CBS in women 25-54).

In total viewers, NBC ranks #2 for the season with an average of 9.6 million viewers, which is its biggest overall audience 16 weeks into the season in seven years (since 2006-07, 9.9 million). Versus one year ago, NBC is up 10% season to date in total viewers (9.6 million vs. 8.7 million).

Averages for the Week, "Live Plus Same Day"
Net...18-49 Rtg...Total Viewers
NBC...2.0...7.184 million
CBS...3.8...15.192 million
ABC...1.4...5.164 million
Fox...1.3...3.675 million

Adults 18-49, "Most Current"
Net... STD 2012... STD 2013...Diff
CBS...2.7...2.6...Down 4%
ABC...2.3...2.2...Down 4%
Fox...2.4...2.3...Down 4%

Total Viewers, "Most Current"
Net... STD 2012... STD 2013...Diff
NBC...8.657 million ...9.550 million...Up 10%
CBS...11.384 million...11.439 million... Up 0.5%
ABC...7.965 million ...7.796 million...Down 2%
Fox...6.722 million ...6.758 million...Up 1%

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Season figures are averages of "live plus seven day" data except for the two most recent weeks, which are "live plus same day."