The second-season premiere episode of the hit show averaged a 6.5 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, its second-best rating ever. That was up 71% from last season’s premiere.
Two new Sunday shows posted stronger ratings this week than last, but couldn’t beat March Madness on CBS. Fox’s Last Man Standing surged 17% from last week for its first episode, averaging a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating at 9 p.m. The show’s second episode, at 9:30, was even to last week with a 1.6. Earth tied 60 Minutes as the No. 1 non-sports show of the night, topping ABC’s Once Upon a Time, which posted a 1.8 at 8 p.m., even to last week. ABC’s new drama Secrets & Lies was also up from last week, rising 7% to a 1.5 and tying its series high.
NBC remains the network to beat on Monday night, though CBS has the night’s biggest show. NBC’s combination of The Voice and The Blacklist drew a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating and 10 share last night in primetime, 27% ahead of No. 2 CBS, which posted a 2.6/8. Voice posted a 3.6, down from a 4.0 last week, while lead-out Blacklist held steadier with a 2.7, off a tenth from last week. CBS’s The Big Bang Theory was easily the night’s top show with a 4.4 at 8 p.m., down 8% from last week.