Hot NBC Scripted Series Surges TVbytheNumbers
With "The Voice" turning in its expected dominant Monday prime-time performance and another NBC show surging to its best rating since its premiere, the Peacock Network soared to an easy win in the Monday night broadcast ratings, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC's newest hit drama series, "The Blacklist," pulled its best number in viewers 18-49 since its premiere -- a 3.5 average rating, up five-tenths of a point from a week ago. NBC's two-hour "The Voice," meanwhile, matched "Blacklist's" 3.5, ticking up one-tenth from last week.
Second-place CBS got steady results from its comedy-heavy lineup, while ABC settled for third place with a schedule built on holiday programming.
CBS's sitcoms "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls," along with the drama series "Hostages," all matched last week's numbers in the 18-49 demo -- a 2.9 for "Mother," a 2.7 for "Girls" and a 1.1 for "Hostages." "Mike & Molly" slipped one-tenth to a 2.4, and "Mom" ticked down two-tenths to a 2.1 average.
ABC's two-hour special "CMA Country Christmas" settled for a 1.5 average in 18-49, one-tenth better than last year's number. A repeat of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" delivered a 1.9.
Fox paired an original "Almost Human" -- 1.7 average in viewers 18-49, off two-tenths from the previous week -- with a repeat of "Sleepy Hollow" (0.9 average).
For prime time overall, NBC's 3.5 average led the way in adults 18-49, followed by CBS (2.0 average), ABC (1.6), Fox (1.3) and Univision (1.1). NBC was also well ahead in total viewers, averaging 12.4 million to lead ABC (7.3 million), CBS (6.9 million), Fox (4.5 million) and Univision (2.8 million).