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BIG CROWDS OF VIEWERS ON HAND FOR MONDAY’S TV SEASON OPENERS

September 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The broadcast television networks came up with some strong ratings for the first night of the new season on Monday. Final figures showed that CBS’s The Big Bang Theory — moved to Mondays while the network airs Thursday Night Football — attracted 18.03 million viewers and a 5.4 rating and a 17 share among viewers 18-49. At 8:00 p.m. NBC’s season debut of The Voice wound up with 13 million viewers and a 3.9/11, edging out ABC’s Dancing with the Stars with 12.8 million viewers and a 2.2/6. The series debut of Gotham on Fox managed to attract only 8.2 million viewers, but its 3.2/10 among the 18-49 set placed it third for the night among that demo. At 9:00 p.m., CBS’s Scorpion captured 13.8 million viewers, and at 10:00 p.m. NBC’s The Blacklist moved to the top with 12.3 million. And then, on cable, there was ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which averaged 13.3 million viewers. In a news release, ESPN said it was also the highest-rated telecast of the night, including both cable and broadcast networks, among key male demos and adults 18-34.