Fall TV: The Blacklist takes Monday night

The battlegrounds are back: premiere week launches with a win from Global as we run down the ratings against media-buyer upfront predictions from June (The Blacklist pictured).
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Monday night kicked off 2013′s fall season with a win by Global’s new FBI crime drama, The Blacklist at 10 p.m., taking the most viewers for the night with 1.9 million (2+).

Bailey Wilson, director of investment at J3, saw the writing on the wall (er, list?) last June, when strategy magazine asked her to predict the winner of the night in its annual “Fall TV battlegrounds” feature.

“If NBC’s 10 p.m. timeslot was enough to keep Revolution around last year, The Blacklist will be an even bigger success,” she said.

It was, however, a close call. The James Spader-starring drama was up against CTV’s new Monday night thriller Hostages, which stars Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette and brought in 1.2 million total viewers for its first episode.

While Bailey takes the win for the prediction, Atreyee Dey, group director, PHD, points out that both shows are high quality and have the goods to last.

Hostages has great pedigree with Jerry Bruckheimer, and this show provides good competition for The Blacklist, which I also think is going to stick around even though both of these are running at the same time on Mondays,” said Dey after the upfronts in June.

Earlier Monday night, the two-hour premiere episode of a new season of The Voice brought in 1.8 million total viewers on CTV. A new episode of Bones on Global brought in 1.7 million viewers at 8 p.m.

On City, the one-hour season premiere of the final season of How I Met Your Mother brought in a total of 1.1 million viewers, while for The Project: Guatemala at 10 p.m. on City and OLN, the total AMA was 138,000 (P2+) for City and OLN combined.

The second episode of new drama Sleepy Hollow at 9 p.m. brought in 1.4 million viewers on Global, up against the second hour of The Voice on CTV and the premiere of a new season of 2 Broke Girls on City, which brought in 1.2 million viewers. New Anna Faris-starring comedy Mom brought in 1.1 million viewers at 8:30 p.m. on City.

The two-hour season premiere of Dancing With The Stars delivered 928,000 viewers Monday night on CTV Two, up 9% in its second hour (Source: BBM Canada).