Monday Prime: NBC Back on Top as ABC Series Notches Historic Low TVbytheNumbers

NBC found its way back to the top of the prime-time ratings in a big way Monday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo, even with "The Voice" slipping a bit from a week earlier. reports that the two-hour "The Voice" came in with a 4.5 average rating in viewers 18-49, off 4% from a week ago. Leading out from it, NBC's "The Blacklist" also shed viewers, notching a 2.7 -- off 13% -- but NBC still racked up an easy win over its broadcast competition.

Second-place CBS was mixed, with "How I Met Your Mother" slipping 8% from a week ago to a 3.3 average in the 18-49 demo. "2 Broke Girls" rose 4% to a 2.6, "Mike and Molly" ticked up 5% to a 2.2 and "Mom" climbed 5% from last week's series low to a 2.0. The 10 p.m. drama "Intelligence" held steady with a 1.2.

ABC saw its 10 p.m. drama "Castle" sink to an all-time low with a 1.6 average in 18-49 -- 6% below last week's number. The Alphabet Network got a 2.2 out of its 90-minute "The Bachelor," down 12%.

Fox's season finale of "Almost Human" settled for a 1.5 average in adults 18-49, off 6% from a week ago, while "The Following" rose 6% from last week's series low to a 1.7.

For prime time overall, NBC was well ahead of the pack in the 18-49 demo with a 3.9 average, followed by CBS (2.1 average), ABC (1.8), Fox (1.6) and Univision (1.1). NBC also had a big advantage in total viewers with 14.1 million, leading CBS (7.6 million), ABC (7.3 million), Fox (5.3 million) and Univision (2.7 million).

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