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[09/22/15 - 08:09 AM]
NBC Rules the Opening Night of the 2015-16 Season Among the Big 4 with "Blindspot" Ranking as the Net's Top Series Debut in Two Years
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, September 21.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC RULES THE OPENING NIGHT OF THE 2015-16 SEASON AMONG THE BIG 4 WITH "BLINDSPOT" RANKING AS THE NET'S TOP SERIES DEBUT IN TWO YEARS

'BLINDSPOT' JUMPS +41% VS. LAST FALL'S NEW-SERIES PREMIERE IN THE SAME SLOT; BEATS LAST NIGHT'S ABC-CBS COMPETITION COMBINED IN ALL KEY MEASURES

THE SEASON DEBUT OF 'THE VOICE' GRABS THAT SHOW'S HIGHEST MONDAY 18-49 RATING SINCE MARCH 9

NBC has dominated the opening night of the 2015-16 season in adults 18-49 among the Big 4 networks, ranking #1 among those nets in every key measure, with the network's best series debut in two years from "Blindspot."

"Blindspot" (3.1/10 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):

· Led among the night's series premieres, as well as all dramas, new and returning, in 18-49

· Jumped +41% versus last fall's new-drama premiere in the time period (3.1 vs. 2.2 for "State of Affairs" on Nov. 17, 2014).

· Gave NBC its highest 18-49 and total-viewer results for any regularly scheduled scripted series, premiere or otherwise on any night of the week, in the past year (since the season-two premiere of "The Blacklist," 3.5 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall on Sept. 22, 2014).

· Scored the top rating in the time period for any regular ABC, CBS or NBC program, premiere or otherwise, in the past year (since the season-two premiere of "The Blacklist," 3.5 on Sept. 22, 2014).

· Gave NBC its highest-rated series premiere in two years in 18-49 and total viewers (since "The Blacklist," 3.8/10 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall on Sept. 23, 2014).

· Beat its ABC-CBS time-period competition combined in every key measure.

The season premiere of "The Voice" (3.5/11 in 18-49, 12.1 million viewers overall from 8-10 p.m. ET):

· Jumped +21% versus its spring finale (3.5 vs. 2.9 from 9-11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015) and was up +5% in total viewers (12.143 million vs. 11.555 million, despite last night's earlier time period and competition from "Big Bang" and ESPN's NFL football.

· Delivered the show's highest Monday 18-49 rating since March 9 and most-watched Monday since March 23 (12.204 million).

· Won the time period among the Big 4 in every key measure.

· Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting - last season's Monday's "Voice" grew +25% in 18-49 rating (from a 3.22 to a 4.01) going from L+SD to L+7 and 2.1 million viewers overall (11.9 million to 14.0 million).

ABC carried NFL football in the Indianapolis market and CW carried the game in New York.

NOTE: Primetime results are based on "fast affiliate time period" data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are "live plus same day" unless otherwise indicated.

In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday Night:

Monday's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon":

· Matched the show's highest metered-market household rating for a Monday (3.2) in 18 months (since March 24, 2014, 3.4). The last time "Tonight" equaled last night's 3.2 on a Monday was March 2, 2015.

· Dominated the time period, +28% vs. Colbert (3.2 vs. 2.5) and +68% vs. Kimmel (3.2 vs. 1.9).

· Doubled Colbert and beat the combined Colbert-Kimmel rating in 18-49 in the local people meters (1.2 vs. a combined 1.0; 0.6 for Colbert, 0.4 for Kimmel).

· Jumped +19% above its 2014-15 season average prior to Colbert's debut (3.2 vs. 2.7).

Jimmy Fallon's guests Monday included Carly Fiorina, Ryan Reynolds and musical guest Shawn Mendes.

Monday's "Late Night with Seth Meyers":

· Scored "Late Night's" highest metered-market household rating for a Monday (1.4) in six months (since March 2, 1.6).

· Rose +17% above its summer average through Sept. 7 (1.4 vs. 1.2).

Seth Meyers' guests Monday included Wesley Snipes, Randall Park and Martha Stewart.

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 3.2/8; "Late Show with Stephen Colbert," 2.5/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.

· In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

· From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show" (1.0/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/2).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: Primetime results are based on "fast affiliate time period" data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are "live plus same day" unless otherwise indicated. Season-to-date averages are "most current," "live plus seven days" for all but the most recent two weeks, which are still L+SD.





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· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· BLACKLIST, THE (NBC)
· BLINDSPOT (NBC)
· STATE OF AFFAIRS (NBC)
· VOICE, THE (NBC)





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