Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Inches Up; CBS Wins With NCAA Basketball

NCAA finals rise 7 percent from last year to give CBS a win

Last Updated: July 24, 2014 @ 1:16 PM

NBC's "The Voice" and "Revolution" grew marginally on Monday night, while CBS  took an overall win on the strength of the NCAA men's basketball championship, according to preliminary numbers.

CBS took a commanding first place in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic with a 5.5 rating/14 share and in total viewers with 15.9 million. Following repeats of "2 Broke Girls" and "The Big Bang Theory," the NCAA pre-game show at 9 p.m. posted a 4.4/11 — even with last year — and had 13.6 million total viewers. The game itself at 9:30 drew the night's best numbers, growing 7 percent in the demo from last year's equivalent game for a 7.5/19, and taking the night's largest total viewership with 20.7 million.

NBC came in second in ratings and total viewers with a 4.0/11 and 11.2 million. "The Voice" at 8 inched up from last Monday for a 4.9/13 and drew 13.7 million total viewers, while "Revolution" at 10 ticked up 5 percent to a 2.3/6 with 6.3 million total viewers.

ABC took third place in ratings and total viewers with a 1.8/5 and 11 million. "Dancing With the Stars" dipped 9 percent from last week to a season low of 2.0/5 — which also marked its lowest-rated performance episode ever — and took 12.9 million total viewers. A "Castle" repeat followed.

Fox tied Univision for fourth in ratings with a 1.6/4 and took fourth place outright in total viewers with 5.2 million, compared to Univision's 3.7 million. Following a "Bones" repeat at 8, "The Following" at 9 held steady with last week for a 2.2/5 and had 6.2 million total viewers.