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NBC Racks Up a Monday Win as CBS Series Sinks to All-Time Low TVbytheNumbers

NBC rolled to a ratings win as its Monday night 1-2 punch of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" came in as the two highest-rated shows of the night on broadcast prime, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC's two-hour "The Voice" led all broadcast shows with a 2.9 average in the 18-49 demo, even though that number was down a half-point from last week and represented a series low for a Monday telecast of the program. "The Blacklist" was close behind with a 2.8, equaling the show's previous original episode.

ABC claimed second place, led by its two-hour "Dancing with the Stars." The show was down two-tenths from a week ago, notching a 2.1 in 18-49. "Castle" equaled the number for its previous original installment, a 1.8.

CBS aired a mix of originals and repeats, and its lineup of fresh comedies struggled. "2 Broke Girls" fell two-tenths from a week ago to a 2.1 average in viewers 18-49, an all-time low for the series. "Friends With Better Lives" dipped one-tenth from a week ago to a 1.7, while "Mike & Molly" lost two-tenths and registered a 1.9.

Fourth among the big four broadcast nets was Fox, with both "Bones" and "The Following" delivering 1.4 averages in the 18-49 demo. Both shows matched last week's numbers, which in the case of "The Following" represented a series low.

For prime time overall, NBC's 2.9 average in adults 18-49 won the night, followed by ABC (2.0 average), CBS (1.6), Fox (1.4) and Univision (1.1). ABC came out on top in total viewers with 12.2 million, followed by NBC (11.1 million), CBS (5.9 million), Fox (5.2 million) and Univision (2.8 million).

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