Blindspot premiere bares ratings fruit

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Blindspot premiere bares ratings fruit.

RETURNING SHOW: Relationship issues are at the forefront of the “Big Bang Theory” (CBS at 8 p.m.) Season 9 premiere: Penny is still rattled by Leonard’s confession and Amy asks Sheldon for a break. From the moment Blindspot was announced in May, the crime drama had arguably the grabbiest ad campaign of any original freshman title with its marketing campaign built around star Jaimie Alexander crawling tattooed, nude and disoriented out of a duffel bag left in Times Square. After several pseudo starts courtesy of the NFL, Neil Patrick Harris and a shrinking Emmy telecast, the 2015-16 broadcast season finally got underway Monday night with a slew of new and returning series across the Big Four. RETURNING SHOW: Coaches Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton weigh in on the blind auditions in the Season 9 premiere of “The Voice” (NBC at 8).

NBC easily won the night over CBS with those two shows. “Blindspot” averaged a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating at 10 p.m., according to Nielsen overnights, retaining an impressive 89 percent of “Voice’s” 3.5 lead-in. RETURNING SHOW: The crew tries to prevent a nuclear-powered satellite from exploding over Southern California in the “Scorpion” (CBS at 9) Season 2 premiere. But the return of Fox’s Gotham (4.5 million, 1.6 rating) and the series premiere of new sci-fi show Minority Report (3.1 million, 1.1 rating) both disappointed in the Nielsens. Monday timeslot in a year, since last year’s season premiere of “Blacklist.” “Voice” was the night’s No. 2 show behind CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” (4.5).

In fact, the Steven Spielberg-produced Minority Report — a TV sequel to the director’s 2002 film — outright bombed, ranking as the night’s lowest-rated show on a major broadcast network in the demo despite being a heavily promoted premiere. Lead-out “Life in Pieces,” a new comedy, posted a 2.7 in its premiere, up 29 percent from what “The Millers” drew in the same timeslot last year. Clearly, the PreCogs didn’t see this coming, but Report was cited in EW’s story a few weeks ago as a title in trouble based on networks’ secret tracking polls (while we predicted Blindspot would open strong). (Here’s EW’s Minority Report review). Ceasar wonders if he made a bad career move, Sky gets some closure, and Dutchess is surprised when Ceasar asks her to sign a prenuptial agreement on “Black Ink Crew” (VH1 at 9). A third series premiere last night was CBS’ promising comedy Life in Pieces (11.5 million, 2.7) Though the show was tracking poorly in viewer awareness, the comedy had a huge lead-in from CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (17. million, 4.5) — which was down about 18 percent from last season’s opener yet still easily led the night.

It’s the smaller-rated shows that don’t see any initial DVR boosts that will be first up at the chopping block, though those decisions do seem to be coming later and later each season. RETURNING SHOW: After receiving a mysterious call, “Castle” (ABC at 10) sets out to find Beckett in the first half of the two-part Season 8 premiere. Following last year’s declines, that’s off by nearly a full ratings point from its debut a year ago — but with an average 17.8 million viewers, TV’s top comedy is clearly not hurting.

And while the CW won’t kick off its own fall schedule this week, the network did have new offerings with lingering summer fare Penn & Teller (0.4 adults), Whose Line (0.4 adults) and Significant Mother (0.3 adults).

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