Fox and NBC broke out the heavy bats in a scuffle for prime-time viewers Monday night, with the end result being … a tie. The two networks finished in a dead heat for first place in the prime-time ratings, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC’s "The Voice" finished as the top broadcast show of the night, even going head-to-head against a strong Game 5 of the World Series on Fox.
The two-hour "The Voice" finished with a 4.2 average in viewers 18-49, slipping 2% from last week’s number, while Fox’s World Series game settled for a 3.8 from 8-11 p.m. — matching the most recent Game 5, in 2011, but losing 14% from this year’s preliminary Game 4 number.
NBC got a 3.1 average in 18-49 out of "The Blacklist," which was up 3% from a week ago.
Third-place CBS had mixed results, with "How I Met Your Mother" slipping 3% from last week to a 2.9 average in the 18-49 demo, "2 Broke Girls" rising 4% to a 2.6, "Mom" dipping two-tenths of a point to a 2.1, and "Hostages" climbing 8% from last week’s series low to a 1.3.
Head-to-head against "The Voice" and the World Series, ABC’s two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" matched its lowest number ever for a Monday with a 2.0 in adults 18-49, the same as last week. "Castle" drifted up 11% from its season low a week ago to a 2.1.
For prime time overall, Fox and NBC tied for No. 1 in the 18-49 demo with 3.8 averages, followed by CBS (2.1 average), ABC (2.0) and Univision (1.3). Fox had a slight edge in total viewers, averaging 12.594 million to lead ABC (12.207 million), NBC (12.198 million), CBS (6.615 million) and Univision (3.287 million).