Music show, 'Revolution' pace easy demo victory

NBC dominated among the broadcast networks Monday, as “The Voice” grew week to week while pretty much every other program on the night fell off. CBS ran second behind “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls.”

ESPN was expected to win the night with its “Monday Night Football” matchup pitting two of America’s most popular teams: the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

According to preliminary same-night Nielsen estimates, “The Voice” (4.5 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 12.3 million viewers overall) was easily Monday’s top entertainment series, rising slightly vs. last week and opening up huge leads over the competition. And closing out the night was the third week of rookie drama “Revolution” (3.2/8 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), which dropped off a couple of ticks from last week but still ruled in demos among the 10 p.m. dramas.

ABC’s “Castle” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall) and CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0″ (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) tied for runner-ups in 18-49, with the former down slightly and the latter up slightly vs. last week.

Earlier in the evening for CBS, comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) and “Partners” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) were down 11% and 13%, respectively, from their premieres. And from 9 to 10, “2 Broke Girls” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (2.9/7 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) limited their declines to 8% and 6%, respectively.

“Broke” was the night’s No. 1 scripted program in 18-49 rating, adults 25-54 (4.0/8) and key female demos, while “Mother” was No. 1 in 18-49 share, adults 18-34 (2.9/10) and key male demos.

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall) was down 20% from its premiere and ran a distant third in demos among the broadcasters from 8 to 10.

Fox’s “Bones” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) limited its losses to 9%, but “The Mob Doctor” (1.0/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) declined by 23% and may have aired its final Monday episode.

CW was above average with the special “iHeartRadio Music Festival” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall), whose performers included Taylor Swift, Usher and Bon Jovi.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.0/10; CBS, 2.6/7; ABC, 2.0/5; Fox, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.6 million; NBC, 11.0 million; CBS, 7.8 million; Fox, 5.2 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 1.7 million.

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