Ratings for Fox's new sci-fi show "Almost Human" took a hit in its second night on Monday -- no surprise, because Sunday night's series debut benefited from a big NFL game lead-in.
Monday's telecast drew 6.8 million viewers and a rating of 2.3 in the key 18-49 age demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen. In the advertiser-coveted demo, that's down 26% from Sunday night's airing. However, the rating was up 10% from Fox's prior average in the 8 p.m. time slot, earned with "Bones."
At 9 p.m., the freshman series "Sleepy Hollow" brought in more than 7 million viewers and fell slightly in the 18-49 demo, to a 2.5. The Washington Irving-inspired drama has been getting a significant lift from the people catching up through DVRs and video-on-demand, and the network expects a similarly strong pickup for "Almost Human," which Fox is projecting will increase its rating by between 45% and 50% over the next three days.
The fact that "Almost Human" stayed steady from half-hour to half-hour is also a positive sign.
NBC won the night in the 18-49 demo with "The Voice," even though the demo rating for the popular singing contest fell 11% to a 3.4. NBC also had a "Voice" recap at 8 p.m., and the network drew a 3.0 for the night.
ABC won in total viewership for the third week in a row, drawing an average of 13.7 million viewers. Leading off was the most-watched program of the night, "Dancing With the Stars," which brought in 14.5 million viewers, followed by "Castle," with 12 million. Both programs saw big jumps in the 18-49 demo in early numbers, but the figures are less reliable than usual, because ABC aired NFL coverage in Boston and Charlotte, N.C.
[UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect time-zone adjusted numbers for Nielsen specially ordered by Fox for "Almost Human" that the network released after initial publication. Early numbers from Nielsen put total viewership at 6.6 million, with a ratings of 2.2 in 18-49.]