NBC gets a lift in Monday ratings thanks to ‘The Voice’ premiere

By Daniel S Levine,

NBC has been in the basement with ratings since The Voice’s fall season came to close. Now the reality singing competition has come to the network’s rescue on Monday with its spring premiere, introducing Usher and Shakira as the new mentors. Revolution also returned, but was down from its mid-season finale.

Even as other networks revived their numbers, ABC averaged the most viewers overall with 12.95 million, but only a 2.2 18-49 rating. Dancing With The Stars drew 13.8 million viewers in its first hour and 14.32 million in its second hour, noted HitFix. However, the show only had a 2.3 18-49 rating with The Voice diverting the attention of the younger crowd. Castle won the 10 p.m. hour with 10.68 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating.

NBC was just behind with 11.3 million viewers, but it easily topped in the key demo, averaging a 4.0. THR reported that The Voice averaged 13.4 million viewers and a 4.7 18-49 rating. While that is down significantly from last year’s Super Bowl-boosted spring premiere, it was a 12 percent bump over the fall premiere.

Revolution too was down with a 13 percent drop in viewers from its last episode in the fall, coming in with just 7.25 million viewers and a 2.7 18-49 rating.

CBS had just 7.76 million viewers on the night and a 2.4 18-49 rating despite all-new episodes of its sitcoms. How I Met Your Mother had 6.85 million viewers and a 2.7 18-49 rating, while Rules of Engagement was down to 6.2 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating. 2 Broke Girls was up a bit to 8.55 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating. Mike & Molly had 8.64 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating, while Hawaii Five-0 closed the night with 8.16 million viewers and a 2.0 18-49 rating.

Fox had 6.69 million viewers and a 2.1 18-49 rating. Bones scored 6.74 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating, while The Following dropped again to 6.63 million viewers and a 2.3 rating. EW noted that the show was down eight percent from last week.

None of these painful hits compared to the tragedy of CW’s Carrie Diaries, which scored just 941,000 viewers and a 0.4 18-49 rating.

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