NBC Rolls to Monday Demo Win; ABC Takes Total Viewers TVbytheNumbers
NBC's lineup of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" continued its hold on Monday nights as the Peacock Network rolled to a comfortable win in the key 18-49 demo, based on Nielsen overnights. ABC, meanwhile, got into the win column in total viewers on the strength of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle."
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the head-to-head competition between NBC's two-hour "Voice" and ABC's two-hour "Dancing" from 8-10 p.m. was a split, with "The Voice" finishing as the top show on broadcast prime in viewers 18-49 even while matching last week's series low, a 3.0 average rating. That topped the 2.4 average for ABC's "Dancing" (up 9% from last week), but the dance competition pulled ahead in total viewers, averaging 15.10 million to 11.42 million for "The Voice."
NBC's "The Blacklist" continued its hold on the 10 p.m. hour with a 2.7 average in 18-49, off 4% from last week. ABC's "Castle" managed a 1.9 in the time slot, improving 6% from a week ago.
CBS aired a mix of fresh programs and repeats, with all of its originals improving on last week. "2 Broke Girls" ticked up 5% in the 18-49 demo to a 2.2 average, "Friends With Better Lives" rose 12% to a 1.9 and "Mike & Molly" climbed 16% to a 2.2.
Fox's season finale of "The Following" pulled a 1.5 in the 18-49 demo, inching up 7% from the series low a week ago.
For prime time overall, NBC's 2.9 average led the way in the 18-49 demo, followed by ABC (2.2 average), CBS (1.6), Univision (1.3) and Fox (1.2). ABC averaged 13.4 million total viewers to lead in that metric, followed by NBC (11.2 million), CBS (6.1 million), Fox (4.4 million) and Univision (3.0 million).