NBC's biggest hopes for spring return to mixed numbers
NBC's "The Voice" premiered to stronger numbers than it did in the fall, but its follow-up, the drama "Revolution," was down from its fall debut and its seasonal average.
That was good news and bad news for NBC, which hopes the returning shows can help propel it from third place. "The Voice" and "Revolution" helped NBC claim first place in the coveted 18-49 demographic this fall, before the network slipped this winter.
The network can breathe a sigh of relief that viewers' interest in the singing show — with two new judges — was up from the fall. But it is no doubt disappointed in the downturn for "Revolution," which is so far the biggest new broadcast network show of the season.
"The Voice" fell hard Monday from last year's midseason Monday premiere, but that was to be expected: Last year's episode aired the day after a post-Super Bowl episode that started the show off with a massive audience.
Airing at 8 p.m., Monday's "Voice" drew a 4.7 rating/12 share in the 18-49 demo — up 12 percent from its premiere in September — and grabbed 13.4 million total viewers. That was enough to easily put the show at the top of the ratings heap, though it came in second in total viewers to ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
"Revolution" at 10 posted a 2.7/7 — a 13 percent decline from its average last season, and a 34 percent drop from its September premiere. It drew 7.2 million total viewers.
Overall, NBC grabbed first place in the demo with a 4.0/11 and second in total viewers with 11.3 million.
CBS took second place in ratings and third in total viewers with a 2.4/6 and 7.8 million. "How I Met Your Mother" at 8 dipped 10 percent for a 2.7/8 and had 6.8 million total viewers. "Rules of Engagement" at 8:30 also dipped, hitting a season low of 2.1/6, and took 6.2 million total viewers. "2 Broke Girls" at 9 ticked up to a 2.9/7 and drew 8.6 million total viewers, while "Mike & Molly" at 9:30 grew 8 percent to a 2.6/6 with 8.6 million total viewers. "Hawaii Five-0" at 10 drew a 2.0/5 and took 8.2 million total viewers.
ABC came in third in ratings with a 2.1/6 but was the night's most-watched network with 12.9 million total viewers. It was most-watched thanks to "Dancing" at 8. Despite dropping off 28 percent in the demo from last week for a 2.3/6, "Dancing" had the night's largest total viewership with 14 million. "Castle" at 10 inched down to a 2.1/6 and drew 10.7 million total viewers.
Fox took fourth place in ratings and total viewers with a 2.1/6 and 6.7 million. "Bones" at 8 dropped 10 percent for a 1.9/5 and took 6.7 million total viewers, while "The Following" dipped slightly for a 2.3/6 and had 6.6 million total viewers.