It may lack the comic book appeal of The CW’s The Flash or Fox’s Gotham, or the boundary-pushing of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, but CBS’ new geek squad drama Scorpion continues to perform solidly in the ratings. Monday night’s episode built upon its lead-in to tie The Blacklist as the night’s top rated drama. Scorpion (10.5 million viewers, 2.4 adults 18-49 rating) was also steady with last week’s performance.
Those are all factors that make a network want to give a show a full-season pickup. (CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans and Madam Secretary are also fairly likely to get a full ride.) Scorpion’s Millers lead-in (9.1 million, 2.2) was the comedy’s second season debut and shed about half its Big Bang Theory opener.
Speaking of Gotham (6 million, 2.2), the new Fox drama slipped again this week, but at least Sleepy Hollow recovered a notch (5 million, 1.8). Hopefully Gotham will avoid the fate of last year’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which dropped for nearly two months straight.
Otherwise Monday, ABC and The CW were inflated by sports preemptions. NBC’s block was down about 15 percent. CBS’ other shows were nearly steady.