Ratings: ‘Better Late Than Never’ Premiere Wins at 10pm

It didn’t hurt that William Shatner series followed “The Voice”

Last night, NBC’s “Better Late Than Never” and ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight” duked it out in different time slots for the (very unofficial) title of top Monday premiere. A “Bachelor” special leading up to the dating competition’s new season didn’t stake much of a claim in the mini-battle.

Thanks mostly to “The Voice,” NBC won primetime outright. ABC finished runner-up in the key 18-49 demographic, though CBS was No. 2 among total viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.6 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. earned a 1.9/7 and 10.4 million viewers. At 10, the return of “Better Late Than Never” landed a 1.1/4 and 5.6 million viewers.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.1/4 and third in viewers with 4.6 million. The two-hour “Great Christmas Light Fight” premiere at 8 posted a 1.2/4 and 5.2 million viewers. At 10, the “Bachelor” special managed a 0.8/3 and 3.4 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and second in viewers with 5.6 million. “Kevin Can Wait” at 8 had a 1.1/4 and 6.3 million viewers. At 8:30, “Man With a Plan” got a 1.0/3 and 5.7 million viewers. “Superior Donuts” at 9 received a 0.9/3 and 5.2 million viewers. At 9:30, “9JKL” managed a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers. “Scorpion” at 10 closed out prime to a 0.9/3 and 5.9 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 3.1 million. “Lucifer” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 3.4 million viewers. “The Gifted” at 9 got a 0.8/3 and 2.8 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.1 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 915,000. Following a rerun, “Valor” at 9 settled for a 0.2/1 and 770,000 viewers.