Who won Monday night's ratings race?

"The Big Bang Theory" was a high performer in ratings during a competitive Monday night.

Story highlights

  • New series "Gotham" and "Scorpion" did well on a competitive night
  • Returning series "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Blacklist" did, too
  • Ratings were more disappointing for "Sleepy Hollow" and "Forever"
The competition was thick during prime time on Monday, and we're not talking about "Dancing with the Stars" or "The Voice."
With the debut of Fox's "Gotham" and CBS' "Scorpion," plus the return of fan-favorite series "The Big Bang Theory," "The Voice," "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Blacklist," September 22 was packed with options.
For the most part, viewers weren't afraid of trying something new. While stalwarts like "The Big Bang Theory" performed amazingly, newcomers "Gotham" and "Scorpion" also did well.
On CBS at 8 p.m., the first half of "The Big Bang Theory's" two-part premiere boasted 17.8 million viewers, with a 5.3 rating in that all-important 18-49 demographic. "Big Bang's" second episode did even better, with 18 million watching and a 5.4 rating.
Over on Fox, "Gotham" held its own as it premiered against that CBS juggernaut, with the Batman prequel drawing an audience of 8 million and a 3.2 rating.
NBC's "The Voice" didn't fare as well. On Monday, 12.7 million tuned in to see new "Voice" judges Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, down from last year's fall premiere audience of 14.6 million.
"Sleepy Hollow," too, suffered some on Fox at 9 p.m. ET, as it went up against CBS' new series, "Scorpion."
That drama, about a crew of geniuses fighting tech crimes, captured 14 million viewers and a 3.3 rating. By comparison, Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" started off season two with 5.5 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the adult demo, not a great position to be in after last fall's audience of 10 million.
After "The Voice," James Spader's "The Blacklist" made a strong return with its second season premiere. At 10 p.m., the series was watched by 12.5 million and had a 3.4 rating.
ABC's new series "Forever" premiered against "The Blacklist" and the result wasn't pretty. The drama, about a New York medical examiner trying to figure out the key to his immortality, attracted 8.3 million viewers but a 1.5 rating in the key adult demo.