In week two, FOX and CBS both breathed a sigh of relief of their two Monday night series.
Following a strong start last week, Gotham attracted 7.45 million viewers and 2.8 A18-49. Compared to its week-ago premiere, Gotham was down four tenths. Many were expecting this to to the route of Agents of Shield, so a four tenth drop is pretty positive. Also, given how poorly FOX has performed across the rest of its schedule, Gotham is a big relief for FOX, and it appears to be holding.
Perhaps even more impressive than Gotham is how well Scorpion performed in week two. The newest episode scored 13.36 million viewers and 3.1 A18-49, which is down ONE TENTH from last weeks debut. What makes the slight drop for Scorpion all the more impressive is the loss of a new episode of The Big Bang Theory at 830 in favor of a repeat episode. In addition, Scorpion held onto 100% of demographic audience from The Big Bang Theory repeat. CBS will continue pushing Scorpion, as it appears for now they have something working with their Monday lineup.
Meanwhile, the timeslot debut of NCIS: Los Angeles struggled in its new home. 9.4 million viewers and 1.9 A18-49 tuned in for the new season premiere. That was only good enough for third place, behind both The Blacklist (2.8 demo) and Castle (2.2 demo). CBS was certainly hoping for better results with an established drama. Retention from Scorpion was only 71% among total viewers and 61% in the demo. Compared to last weeks season finale of Under the Dome, NCIS: Los Angeles was up only a tenth.
Updated with final numbers on 10/1 at 12:15AM