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For the first time this season, NBC lost the ratings race on Monday. The network has been dominating in the younger demographic with The Voice, even as it continues to lose viewers. CBS finally surpassed The Voice with help from How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men and its other sitcoms.
However, ABC actually earned the most viewers on the night, drawing 14.35 million viewers, but averaged just a 2.6 18-49 rating. Dancing with the Stars dominated with 15 million viewers in its first hour and 16.67 million in its second hour. Still, the performance episode earned a 2.7 18-49 rating, a 16 percent fall and a new series low for a performance episode. Castle also drew the most viewers at 10 p.m., pulling in 11.38 million viewers and a 2/4 18-49 rating.
CBS came in second in viewers with an average of 10 million, but topped NBC with a 3.1 18-49 rating. How I Met Your Mother was up to 7.89 million viewers and a 1.3 18-49 rating, while 2 Broke Girls also climbed to 9.13 million and a 3.5. Two and a Half Men was actually down slightly to 11.25 million viewers, but earned a 3.7 18-49 rating. That was better than The Voice’s overall rating. Mike & Molly followed with 10.23 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in the key demographic. Hawaii Five-0 returned with 10.76 million viewers and a 2.5 18-49 rating.
NBC finished in third with 8.07 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating. The Voice’s first hour drew 9.23 million viewers and 9.58 million for its second. It averaged a 3.5 18-49 rating. Smash slid to 5.4 million viewers and a 1.8 18-49 rating.
Fox found itself in fourth with just 6.79 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating for Bones and House. Bones had just over 7 million viewers and a 1.9 18-49 rating, while House had 6.57 million and a 2.1 rating.
The CW had 1.18 million viewers and a 0.6 18-49 rating for episodes of Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie.