Monday Ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'DWTS' Start Big, 'Dome' Ends Strong
Monday Ratings: 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'DWTS' Start Big, 'Dome' Ends Strong
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The fall season got off to a great start for FOX and ABC Monday night with the premieres of Dancing with the Stars and the new drama Sleepy Hollow each scoring some very impressive ratings.

At 9pm, FOX debuted the first new show of the fall season, the time travel historical action drama Sleepy Hollow, and more than 10 million viewers tuned in. That's about twice as many viewers as FOX's The Mob Doctor, which held the same time slot last fall, and it had a 2.5 million viewer increase over its lead-in, the season 9 premiere of Bones.

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More impressively, Sleepy Hollow was actually the highest-rated show of the entire night in the coveted 18-49 demographic, with numbers so strong they even beat the premiere of FOX's mid-season hit The Following. Historical action is definitely a big hit for FOX, though the real test will be next week when it has to compete against The Voice and new CBS comedies. Still, Sleepy Hollow can easily lay claim to being the first big hit of the fall season.

FOX isn't the only network with something to brag about, as the season 17 launch of Dancing with the Stars also raked in big numbers. More than 16 million viewers tuned in to see Amber Riley, Bill Nye and more, which is up 2 million over last fall's All-Stars premiere.

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Finally, CBS' summer hit Under the Dome finished strong with 12.1 million viewers, which is its best performance since the series premiere.

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So with FOX, ABC and CBS all having something to sing about, the news is far more grim for NBC. The second week of The Million Second Quiz began way down with 3.6 million viewers (as opposed to 6.5 million for the premiere one week ago). The Voice can't come back soon enough.

Launching new shows a week before the other networks is certainly a smart move for FOX as the field gets far more crowded next week, which marks the official start to the fall season. Will fans keep tuning in to Sleepy Hollow? How much of a hit will DWTS take against The Voice? And most importantly, how will the new CBS drama Hostages do, especially when compared to summer's Under the Dome?

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