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September 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

People turning on their TV sets Monday night must have thought to themselves: Are the networks intent on using their biggest guns to blow each other away? In the 8:00 p.m. hour, CBS opened its fall season with two episodes of its top sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, which averaged 17.9 million viewers. NBC’s The Voice kicked off the season in the same hour with 12.70 million viewers, while ABC’s Dancing with the Stars pulled in 12 million at that hour. Against such tough competition, Fox slotted the series premiere of Gotham, on which it is reportedly building its hopes of making a major comeback following one of its worst seasons in history. It drew 8 million viewers — not bad, but still a fourth-place finish. (Probably fifth place when ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football come in.)