Can you think of a drama that James Spader hasn’t rocked?
I mention this after having recently watched a few reruns of The Practice, in which Spader first created the role of Alan Shore. Dang, that guy is a Master Smugsman, which is why it’s no surprise to report that The Blacklist posted another winning performance for NBC on Monday. The freshman drama earned a 3.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and averaged 10.7 million, according to Nielsen – enough to dominate the 10 o’clock timeslot by a margin of 58% versus the No. 2 ranked Castle.
Week to week, the Spader joint is up 3% in 18-49 rating (3.0 vs. 2.9) and up 4% in total viewers (10.7 million vs. 10.3 million). Blacklist is also a heavily time-shifted show – last week’s episode added 68% to its 18-49 rating a record 5.4 million total viewers – so those numbers will most assuredly increase.
Natch, NBC won the night in the demo (3.5/10), with The Voice posting a 6% increase over last week to a 3.8/10. Fox came in second with Bones (2.0/6) and the steady Sleepy Hollow (2.5/7), while CBS trailed in third with a 2.0/5 because of woeful performances by Mom (1.9/5, its lowest rating to date) and Hostages (1.1/3, tying its lowest rating to date). Poor Anna Faris. So much promise!
ABC came in fourth in the demo because Dancing with the Stars (1.7/5) was down 15% from last week to a Monday series low. Oops. Castle earned a 1.9/5, down 14% from last week.The CW earned a .4/1 with Hart of Dixie (.4/1) and Beauty and the Beast (.3/1). DWTS, at 12.5 million, was still the most-watched show of the night. Beauty, in contrast, was the least watched (a mere 905,000). Time to schedule a cameo by Ron Perlman?