Hurricane Sandy Wreaks Havoc on Monday Night Ratings

Oct 30, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Monday night’s broadcast ratings suffered a hit from the freak storm that has been hammering parts of the East Coast, with widespread blackouts in some markets and CBS making a late decision to switch out its scheduled original programming for a lineup of mostly repeats while Fox plugged in a two-hour repeat of “X Factor.”

Meanwhile, “Monday Night Football” pre-empted programming on the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. It all added up to numbers that will be subject to plenty of adjustments, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

Based on the available data, NBC got a big performance from “The Voice,” offsetting a dip for “Revolution” to help the Peacock Network win the night in the key 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnights.

When the dust settled, NBC won prime time with a 4.4 average in viewers 18-49, beating ABC (2.7 average),CBS (2.2), Univision (1.6) and Fox (1.0). ABC claimed total viewers, averaging 13.8 million to 11.4 million for NBC, 7.2 million for CBS, 3.7 million for Univision and 2.7 million for Fox.

NBC’s two-hour “The Voice” delivered the night’s best number, a 5.0 in 18-49, up 16% from last week’s one-hour episode. “Revolution” dipped to a 3.1, down 6% from its previous episode.

ABC’s two-hour “Dancing with the Stars” had a 2.7 average in the 18-49 demo, up 13% from the one-hour episode last week. The network’s “Castle” also came through with a 2.7, a season high and a 35% improvement from the previous original episode.

CBS ran a news special on the storm, “Super Storm Sandy,” at 10 p.m., pulling a 2.1 in 18-49.

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