NBC's reign as overall Monday champion appears to be over, as ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere took a huge bite out of the singing competition's audience and controlled the night. However, "The Voice
" continued to hold its place as the night's top show among young viewers, keeping NBC atop Monday there.
The "Dancing" premiere, which was down a reasonable amount from last September's launch, also took a bite out of CBS' Monday comedies and FOX's Monday dramas.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 3.8 rating, beating ABC and CBS' matching 3.1 ratings in the key demographic. FOX was fourth with a 1.8 rating, while The CW did a 0.3 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 16.265 million viewers and a 10.4 rating/16 share for Monday night, far ahead of the 6.1/9 and 10.07 million viewers for NBC. CBS was a close third with a 6.0/9 and 9.465 million viewers. FOX was far back in fourth with a 3.4/5 and 5.43 million viewers. The CW averaged 747,000 viewers and a 0.5/1 for Monday night.
[Univision averaged 3.91 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 for Monday night.]
8 p.m. -
"Dancing with the Stars" started primetime in first overall for ABC With 17.88 million viewers, coming in tied for second among adults 18-49 with a 3.4 rating. NBC's "The Voice" averaged 11.45 million viewers (down over 2.5 million viewers from last week's already-depressed numbers) and won the hour with a 4.3 key demo rating. CBS was third overall and tied for second in the demo with "How I Met Your Mother
" (8.15 million and a 3.4 key demo rating) and "2 Broke Girls
" (9.19 million and a 3.4 key demo rating). On FOX, "House
" averaged only 5.78 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating in fourth. The CW's encore of "America's Next Top Model" averaged 809,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
9 p.m. -
ABC stayed in first overall in the 9 p.m. hour with 19.06 million viewers and held second among adults 18-49 with a 3.6 rating. NBC's second hour of "The Voice" improved to 12.08 million viewers and a 4.7 key demo rating. CBS was third with "Two and a Half Men
" (11.335 million and a 3.8 key demo rating) and "Mike & Molly" (9.625 million and a 3.2 key demo). FOX's "Alcatraz
" averaged 5.07 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating in fourth. The CW's "Hart of Dixie" repeat drew 685,000 viewers and a 0.2 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
" completed ABC's overall primetime sweep with 11.855 million viewers, but finished second for the 10 p.m. hour among adults 18-49 with a 2.4 rating. CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" was a distant second overall with 9.14 million viewers and won the hour with a 2.5 key demo rating. And when is losing more than half of your lead-in not a total disaster? When you're NBC's "Smash
" and your 6.67 million viewers and 2.3 key demo rating still represent less of a drop than your lead-in experienced.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.