Singing vs. Dancing: NBC and ABC Split the Spoils on a Night When CBS Stays Home

Apr 24, 2012  •  Post A Comment

On a night when CBS aired all repeats, NBC got a steady performance from “The Voice” to coast to an easy win for the night in the key 18-49 demo while ABC cashed in on “Dancing with the Stars” for a landslide victory in total viewers, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

Nielsen overnights showed NBC averaging a 3.2 rating for prime time in viewers 18-49, ahead of ABC (2.7 average), Fox (2.2) and CBS (1.7). ABC dominated total viewers for prime time overall, averaging 15.2 million to 8.8 million for NBC, 6.9 million for Fox and 6.3 million for CBS.

NBC’s two-hour “The Voice” was the top show of the night in 18-49 with a 3.7 average rating, the same as a week ago. Head-to-head, ABC’s “Dancing” pulled a 3.0 average rating, up 3%, along with a healthy 17.3 million total viewers to 10.1 million for “The Voice.”

Third-place Fox rolled along with a steady performance by “Bones” (2.2 average rating in 18-49) and saw a 15% bump for “House” to a 2.3.

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