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NBC Show Returns to Higher Numbers; Modest Debut for ABC's New Holiday Competition Show TVbytheNumbers

NBC coasted to a comfortable win over its broadcast rivals in prime time Monday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, as the Peacock Network's competition show "The Sing-Off" had a strong season premiere.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "The Sing-Off's" two-hour premiere episode delivered a 2.4 average rating in viewers 18-49, improving 26% on the show's premiere in September 2011. NBC also got a 3.4 out of "The Voice" -- the same as last week's number.

Second-place Fox was paced by "Sleepy Hollow," which fell to a series-low 2.1 average in the 18-49 demo, slipping 5% from its most recent original installment. "Almost Human" ticked up 6% from last week to a 1.8.

ABC managed a third-place overall finish, built largely around holiday programming. The premiere of the network's new competition show "The Great Christmas Light Fight" came through with a 1.8 average in 18-49, down 14% from the January 2013 premiere of "The Taste" but up a hefty 50% from the number for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in the time slot last year.

ABC's telecast of the venerable "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" delivered a 1.7 in viewers 18-49, the same number it turned in a year ago. A "Castle" repeat at 10 p.m. settled for a 1.3.

The report notes that ABC's numbers may be somewhat inflated due to a simulcast of the "Monday Night Football" game on the ABC affiliate in Chicago.

CBS finished last among the big four broadcasters on a mix of repeats and originals. A fresh episode of "Mike & Molly" scored a 2.0 average in adults 18-49, off 17% from the previous week, while "Hostages" came in with another 1.1, matching last week's result.

For prime time overall, NBC's 2.8 average in the 18-49 demo was easily enough to win the night, followed by Fox (2.0 average), ABC (1.6), CBS (1.3) and Univision (1.0). NBC also won total viewers, averaging 9.9 million to lead ABC (6.5 million), Fox (6.3 million), CBS (5.3 million) and Univision (2.8 million).

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