TV ratings: 'Million Second Quiz' has OK start Monday, 'Mistresses' ends on high note

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million-second-quiz-premiere-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

The premiere of NBC's game show "The Million Second Quiz" scored decent but not great ratings Monday night, improving a bit the numbers for previous timeslot occupant "American Ninja Warrior." It led its hour across the board but didn't crack a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49.

Also Monday, the season finale of ABC's "Mistresses" scored its biggest total audience of the summer and matched its best 18-49 rating. The U.S. Open men's final ran well into primetime on CBS in much of the country, pushing everything else back. "Under the Dome" began airing at 10:30 p.m. ET.

CBS led the night with just over 6 million viewers and a 4.0 rating/6 share in households, pending updates for the U.S. Open runover. ABC (5.2 million, 3.5/6) came in second in viewers, beating NBC (4.6 million, 2.9/5). FOX drew 3.4 million viewers and a 2.1/3 to finish fourth. The CW (555,000, 0.4/1) was well off the pace.

ABC and CBS tied for the lead among adults 18-49 at 1.4. NBC was right behind with a 1.3 rating. FOX scored a 0.8 in the demographic and The CW a 0.2.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

"The Million Second Quiz" series premiere (6.5 million viewers, 4.2/7 households)
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun (5.7 million, 3.7/6)
CBS: U.S. Open runover (4.2 million, 2.7/4)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (3.5 million, 2.2/3)
The CW: "Hart of Dixie" rerun (630,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "The Million Second Quiz" (1.7)

9 p.m.

"American Ninja Warrior" (5.25 million, 3.2/5)
ABC: "Mistresses" season finale (5 million, 3.5/5)
CBS: "Two and a Half Men" rerun (4.5 million, 3.1/5)/"2 Broke Girls" rerun (4.7 million, 3.2/5)
FOX: "Bones" rerun (3.3 million, 2.1/3)
The CW: "Breaking Pointe" (480,000, 0.3/1)

18-49 leader: "American Ninja Warrior" (1.6)

10 p.m.

"The Big Bang Theory" rerun (9.1 million, 5.9/9)/"Under the Dome" (9.5 million, 6.1/10)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (5 million, 3.4/6)
NBC: "Siberia" (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "The Big Bang Theory" (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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