TV Ratings: 'Voice' and 'Castle' lead Monday, while 'Following' rises pre-finale
'Dancing with the Stars' also draws a big audience
Staying true to recent form, "The Voice" led NBC to Monday wins in young demos, while "Dancing with the Stars" carried ABC to a slim win overall. Both reality hits were down week-to-week.
Among the shows that were up week-to-week were ABC's "Castle" and FOX's "The Following," while "Revolution" was flat in its return after last Monday's preemption.
For the night, NBC averaged a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49, tops in the key demographic. FOX and ABC both averaged a 2.1 rating in the key demo, topping CBS' 1.3 key demo rating. The CW averaged a 0.3 key demo rating.
Overall, though, ABC averaged an estimated 12.96 million viewers and an 8.4 rating/13 share for Monday night, beating the 6.8/11 and 11.325 million viewers for NBC. FOX was a distant third with 6.92 million viewers and a 4.3/7, topping the 4.98 million viewers and 3.3/5 for CBS. The CW averaged a 0.5/1 and 709,000 viewers for a night of original programming.
[Univision averaged 3.62 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 for Monday night.]
8 p.m. - "The Voice" led the 8 p.m. hour both overall (13.445 million viewers) and among adults 18-49 (4.5 rating) for NBC. ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" was a close second with 13.445 million viewers and a distant second with a 2.0 key demo rating. "Bones" was steady in third with 6.805 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating. CBS was fourth with a "How I Met Your Mother" repeat (4.16 million and a 1.3 key demo) and a new "Rules of Engagement" (4.96 million and a 1.5 key demo). The CW's "Oh Sit!" was down to 826,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating in its second week.
9 p.m. - NBC stayed in first for the 9 p.m. hour with 14.29 million viewers and a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49 for "The Voice." "Dancing with the Stars" remained in second overall for ABC with 14.08 million viewers and finished third with a 2.1 key demo rating. The season's penultimate episode of FOX's "The Following" rose to 6.97 million viewers in third and a 2.4 key demo rating for second. CBS was fourth with 5.13 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating for repeats of "2 Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly." The CW's "90210" averaged 592,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - "Castle" moved ABC into first for the 10 p.m. hour with 11.71 million viewers and tied for the lead with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Revolution" averaged 6.24 million viewers and a 2.2 key demo rating, though the drama's second half-hour was well below "Castle" in the demo. CBS' repeat of "Hawaii Five-0" finished third with 5.24 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.