Fox's eagerly anticipated "24" update "Live Another Day" opened Monday night with a two-hour broadcast that aired against NBC's two-hour "The Voice," and the Fox drama made it interesting but fell a bit short, based on Nielsen overnights.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "The Voice" was the top-rated show of the night with a 3.0 average rating in the key 18-49 demo. "The Voice" also easily topped "24" in total viewers with 10.76 million.
"24" managed a 2.5 average in the 18-49 demo and 7.97 million total viewers in the head-to-head showdown. The demo average improved to a 2.6 in time zone-adjusted ratings.
Another contender in that two-hour time slot from 8-10 p.m. was ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," which came up short in the demo but won the night in total viewers, averaging 12.74 million. "Dancing" settled for a 1.8 average in 18-49.
NBC's one-two punch of "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" won the night overall. "Blacklist" was second only to "The Voice" in the demo with a 2.7 average, and had a solid 10.61 million total viewers.
ABC's "Castle" equaled its series low in the 18-49 demo with a 1.6 average.
CBS's mix of fresh comedies and repeat programming yielded a distant fourth-place finish among the broadcast nets. Among the network's fresh programs, "2 Broke Girls" delivered a 1.9 average in viewers 18-49, falling four-tenths from a week ago to an all-time low for the series. "Friends With Better Lives" also hit a series low, a 1.6, tumbling three-tenths. And "Mike & Molly" fell four-tenths to a 1.8.
For prime time overall, NBC's preliminary 2.9 average was the best number in the 18-49 demo, followed by Fox (2.5 average), ABC (1.8), CBS (1.3) and Univision (1.2). ABC took the top spot in total viewers with 11.5 million, followed by NBC (10.7 million), Fox (8.0 million), CBS (5.1 million) and Univision (3.0 million).