Fast National ratings for Monday, March 24, 2014.

"Dancing with the Stars" and "The Voice" were both down week-to-week, but the hoofing and crooning competitions still helped ABC win Monday overall and NBC claim the crown among young viewers.

Monday's biggest notable was a big bump for the penultimate episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," which rippled through in gains for the rest of the network's lineup. 

In contrast, The CW saw a big audience decline for "The Tomorrow People," which fell to "Beauty and the Beast" levels after last week's encouraging time period premiere.

On to the numbers...

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 3.4 rating for Monday night, comfortably leading the key demographic. ABC was second with a 2.1 key demo rating, nipping CBS' 2.0 key demo rating, while FOX's 1.4 key demo rating and the 0.3 key demo rating for The CW trailed.

Overall, though, ABC scored a victory with an estimated 12.75 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/13 share for Monday, edging out the 12.11 million viewers and 7.4/12 for NBC. There was a big drop to CBS' 6.91 million viewers and 4.3/7, which was still well ahead of the 4.95 million viewers and 3.2/5 for FOX, while The CW averaged 870,000 viewers and a 0.6/1 for the night.

8 p.m. - "Dancing with the Stars" started primetime in first overall with 14.03 million viewers, but in third with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "The Voice" was second overall with 12.36 million viewers and won the hour with a 3.5 key demo rating. The second-to-last airing of "How I Met Your Mother" averaged 9.06 million viewers and won its half-hour with a 3.4 key demo rating, while "2 Broke Girls" slid to 7.33 million and a 2.3 key demo rating. FOX's "Bones" was up a little from last week with 5.73 million viewers and flat with a 1.4 key demo rating. On The CW, "Star-Crossed" dipped to 943,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.

9 p.m. - The second hour of "Dancing with the Stars" still led overall with 14.47 million viewers and moved up to second with a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "The Voice" remained second with 12.93 million viewers and remained first with a 3.8 key demo rating. CBS was third with "Mike & Molly" (7.81 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo) and "Mom" (7.36 million and a 1.9 key demo). Like its lead-in, FOX's "The Following" was up a hair with 4.18 million viewers and flat with a 1.4 key demo rating. On The CW, "The Tomorrow People" drooped to 797,000 viewers and a 0.3 key demo rating.

10 p.m. - "The Blacklist" dominated the 10 p.m. hour with 11.03 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, well in front of the 9.76 million viewers and 1.7 key demo rating for ABC's "Castle." CBS' "Intelligence" averaged 4.96 million 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.

A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.