CBS and ABC Finally Break Out Fall Premieres -- but Was It Enough to Knock Off NBC's 'The Voice'? TVbytheNumbers
The fall ratings race heated up Monday night, with CBS unveiling a reconfigured comedy block and ABC rolling out a new “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.” But it wasn’t enough to keep NBC, which got an early start on the fall season, from winning the night, according to Nielsen overnights.
NBC’s “The Voice” and “Revolution” were down from a week ago, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. The two-hour “The Voice” delivered a 4.3 average rating in the key 18-49 demo, down from a 4.7 a week ago but still the top show of the night. “Revolution” turned in a 3.5, down from a 4.1 last week.
CBS had a decent, but not spectacular, launch for its fall season -- with numbers down significantly from last year. “How I Met Your Mother” premiered to a 3.4 average rating in viewers 18-49, well off from a 4.7 a year ago. The new show “Partners” followed with a 2.4 for its series premiere. “2 Broke Girls” delivered a 3.7 for the season premiere -- nowhere near the 7.1 it pulled for last year’s premiere, when the show followed the hotly anticipated debut of Ashton Kutcher on “Two and a Half Men.”
“Mike & Molly” wrapped up CBS’s comedy block, settling for a 3.0 in 18-49, down from a 4.8 for the premiere a year ago. “Hawaii Five-0’s” season premiere managed only a 1.9, way down from the 3.4 it delivered last year.
ABC had a solid 1-2 punch with “Dancing” and “Castle.” The two-hour “Dancing: All Stars” premiere pulled a respectable 2.7 average in viewers 18-49 (down from a 3.5 for its previous season premiere), backed up by a 2.5 for the season premiere of “Castle” (down from a 3.2).
Fox’s lineup of “Bones” (2.2 average in 18-49, down from a 2.3 last week) and “The Mob Doctor” (1.3 average, down from a 1.5) was lost in the shuffle, with the network coming in a distant fourth overall.
NBC finished with a winning 4.0 average in 18-49 for prime time, followed by CBS (2.7), ABC (2.6) and Fox (1.7). In total viewers, ABC came out on top with 13.4 million, followed by NBC (11.0 million), CBS (8.4 million) and Fox (3.7 million).