NBC Dominates Monday Night Broadcast Ratings TVbytheNumbers
NBC had the two highest-rated shows in broadcast prime time Monday night, rolling to a dominant win for the night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
The decisive win came even as both NBC shows were down slightly. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the network's two-hour installment of "The Voice" delivered a 4.5 average rating in 18-49 to easily finish as the top show of the night, but that number was off two-tenths from a week ago. The new drama "The Blacklist" slipped one-tenth to a 3.2, still easily winning the 10 p.m. hour.
Second-place Fox was paced by its new drama "Sleepy Hollow," which lost three-tenths of a point from a week ago to settle for a 2.7 average in the 18-49 demo. "Bones" dipped two-tenths to a 2.0.
ABC's two-hour "Dancing With the Stars" improved slightly, rising one-tenth in viewers 18-49 to a 2.1. "Castle" fell two-tenths to a 2.0.
CBS had a rough ratings night, as all of its programs lost ground from a week ago and the network finished fourth among the big four in adults 18-49, while also surrendering its traditional advantage in total viewers.
CBS's "2 Broke Girls" fell two-tenths from last week to record an all-time series low with a 2.2 average rating in 18-49. "How I Met Your Mother" was the network's top show with a 2.9, down two-tenths from a week ago. The new show "We Are Men" continued to struggle to find an audience, losing two-tenths to notch a 1.8. "Mom" also lost two-tenths, falling to a 2.0. And the rough start continued for the drama "Hostages," which managed only a 1.2 at 10 p.m., falling three-tenths from a week ago.
For prime time overall, NBC won the 18-49 demo with a 4.1 average rating, well ahead of Fox (2.3 average), ABC (2.1), CBS (1.9) and Univision (1.3). NBC also eked out a win in total viewers, averaging 13.3 million to outdistance ABC (12.3 million), Fox (7.4 million), CBS (6.2 million) and Univision (3.3 million).