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Monday, September 22, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, September 22

The fall season is officially here! Check back often for rundowns, ratings recaps, and pilot reviews! Look below this post for my review of Madam Secretary and check back tonight for reviews of Gotham, Scorpion, and Forever!

The first night of the new season has a ton of big time premieres so we'll have to see if something will get lost in the shuffle. My best bet for the network to suffer from that is ABC with week two of Dancing with the Stars after an underwhelming premiere and a sneak preview of Forever, which doesn't seem like it will generate a ton of interest. CBS has an hour of The Big Bang Theory and they have made sure fans know its back on Mondays for now so I don't think it'll suffer much in the move. It should provide a big lead-in for Scorpion, which may bleed as the hour goes on but still get a good sampling. The improved 8-10pm lineup should help the season finale of Under the Dome rise from anything it's done most of the summer.

NBC has The Voice, which will compete with The Big Bang Theory for top demo draw. I could see Big Bang winning 8pm but The Voice winning the night thanks to 9pm. The highly anticipated season premiere of The Blacklist follows at 10pm and I think it'll post big numbers after relentless promotion from NBC this summer. Finally, FOX has the big premiere of Gotham. While I think it'll have a strong premiere, it won't come close to what Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did last year in its premiere thanks to more competition and FOX's general state. Still, Monday is their best bet and I think both Gotham and season two of Sleepy Hollow will start strong.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars 
10:00 Forever #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
Prediction: Dancing - 11.5 million, 2.0/Forever - 7.3 million, 1.7

CBS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory #160 "The Locomotion Interruption" (Season Premiere)
8:30 The Big Bang Theory #161 "The Junior Professor Solution"
9:00 Scorpion #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Under the Dome #26 "Go Now" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Big Bang 8:00 - 15.2 million, 4.2/Big Bang 8:30 - 15.9 million, 4.4/Scorpion - 11.6 million, 2.7/Dome - 8.1 million, 1.9

NBC
8:00 The Voice (7th Edition Premiere)

10:00 The Blacklist #23 "Lord Baltimore" (Season Premiere)
Prediction: Voice - 14.1 million, 4.5/Blacklist - 11.6 million, 3.1

FOX
8:00 Gotham #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

9:00 Sleepy Hollow #14 "This is War" (Season Premiere)
Prediction: Gotham - 9.7 million, 3.1/Sleepy - 8.9 million, 2.9

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