Two of the season’s most praised new dramas debuted at the same time (10 p.m.) last night. Which one did America watch? NBC’s The Blacklist.
The cloak-and-dagger thriller starring James Spader drew 12.62 million viewers to win the hour. That as it turns out was 40 per cent better than Hostages on CBS, which had 7.48 million viewers. The third entry in this Monday night race, the veteran Castle, landed in the middle, with 11.48 million viewers.
Factor this into your reaction: The Blacklist benefited from following the night’s most watched show, the third season debut of The Voice, which was seen by 14.67 million viewers. Decent retention, but not as good as Revolution did for NBC in the same situation a year ago.
Hostages held on to most of the audience it inherited from the premiere of Mom on CBS (7.92 million). The numbers for the Dylan McDermott-Toni Collette thriller were nearly identical to Hawaii Five-O’s performance in that slot a year ago.