"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice
" led ABC and NBC to their normal wins on what was a sluggish Monday night, unless you happen to be The CW.
Monday night week-to-week droppers included "Smash
," "The Voice" and three of four CBS comedies, while "Dancing with the Stars" gained overall viewers, but lost young viewers. FOX's "House
" and "Bones
" both lost viewers, but were flat in the demo.
Probably there's no point in trying to make sense of this minor fluctuation.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 3.1 rating, topping CBS' 2.7 rating and the 2.6 rating for ABC in the key demographic. FOX was fourth with a 2.0 rating, while The CW delivered a 0.6 key demo rating for the night.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 14.72 million viewers and a 9.5 rating/15 share to win Monday night. NBC was second with a 5.3/8 and 8.61 million viewers, nipping the 5.1/8 and 8.09 million viewers for CBS. FOX was fourth with a 3.9/6 and just under 6.3 million viewers. The CW averaged 1.22 million viewers and a 0.8/1 for the night.
[Univision averaged 3.75 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 for Monday primetime.]
8 p.m. -
"Dancing with the Stars" kicked off primetime with 15.425 million viewers to win the 8 p.m. hour for ABC, but finished third with a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "The Voice" averaged 9.68 million viewers for second and won the hour with a 3.4 key demo rating. CBS was third overall and second in the key demo with new episodes of "How I Met Your Mother
" (7.27 million viewers and a 3.0 key demo rating) and "2 Broke Girls
" (8.44 million and a 3.3 key demo). FOX's "Bones" averaged 6.97 million viewers and a 2.1 key demo rating. The CW's "Gossip Girl" averaged 1.12 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - The second hour of "Dancing with the Stars" was up to 17.25 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour for ABC and stayed third with a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' episodes of "Two and a Half Men" (11.04 million and a 3.7 key demo) and "Mike & Molly" (9.56 million and a 3.1 key demo) finished second. NBC's "The Voice" averaged 10.19 million viewers for third overall, but won the hour with a 3.9 key demo rating. FOX's "House" averaged 5.62 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating. The CW's "Hart of Dixie" averaged 1.32 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating.
10 p.m. -
ABC closed the night in first with 11.495 million viewers and a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 for "Castle
," which didn't get a bump from CBS' repeat in the hour. That "Hawaii Five-0" repeat was second overall with 6.11 million viewers and third with a 1.6 key demo rating. NBC's "Smash" averaged 5.96 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating, both in danger of being series lows.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.