NBC won the night in all measures.
'The Voice's fifth season premiere brought the first good ratings news for a singing competition in quite some time. The 5.1 demo that the hour drew topped the last two cycles' debuts by a good margin, and only takes a backseat to the post-Superbowl slotted premiere of season two. The heavily promoted series premiere of 'The Blacklist' did very well, despite coming in just short of what 'Revolution' posted in the same slot last year. The James Spader led drama's 3.8 easily dominated the 10pm hour.
The one-hour final season premiere of 'How I Met Your Mother' came in just above last year. That success did not help its lead-out '2 Broke Girls', which dive bombed down almost a full point from last fall's opener. The series premiere of Anna Farris fronted comedy 'Mom' drew a decent enough 2.5, but will have to do better than that going forward if it has any hopes for a second season. The series premiere of the night's other hyped up drama 'Hostages pulled down an extremely disappointing 1.8. I'm predicting it now, this will be the first new CBS fall series to get canceled.
Elsewhere, 'Bones' dipped four tenths from last week's season premiere, likely due to the added high profile competition. 'Sleepy Hollow' also dropped four tenths, but the 3.5 it earned last week was already unexpectedly high. A 3.1 for a freshman drama is nothing to feel bad about. ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' plunged nearly a full point, which probably isn't a good sign for the season ahead. The season premiere of 'Castle' came in a small amount higher than last year.
Key: Broadcast Network - Show Name - 18-49 Rating - 18-49 Share - Total Viewers In Millions
NBC - The Voice (Season Premiere) - 5.1 - 13 - 14.98
CBS - How I Met Your Mother (Season Premiere) - 3.7 - 10 - 9.40
ABC - Dancing with the Stars (N) - 2.3 - 6 - 13.57
FOX - Bones (N) - 1.9 - 5 - 6.74
CW - Hart of Dixie (R) - 0.2 - 0 - 0.53
FOX - Sleepy Hollow (N) - 3.1 - 8 - 8.59
CBS - 2 Broke Girls (Season Premiere) - 2.8 - 7 - 8.88
CW - Whose Line is it Anyway (R) - 0.2 - 1 - 0.63
CBS - Mom (Series Premiere) - 2.5 - 6 - 7.99
CW - Whose Line is it Anyway (R) - 0.3 - 1 - 0.79
NBC - The Blacklist (Series Premiere) - 3.8 - 10 - 12.58
ABC - Castle (Season Premiere) - 2.2 - 6 - 11.46
CBS - Hostages (Series Premiere) - 1.8 - 5 - 7.41
Source: Nielsen Media Research