ABC show hits five-month high; Fox drama ends meekly

NBC won another Monday in key demos this week as ”The Voice” was easily the night’s top program and ”Smash” held steady, but ABC made some noise with drama ”Castle,” which won at 10 o’clock. Fox’s ”Alcatraz,” meanwhile, wrapped its run at season lows.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC rolled from 8 to 10 p.m. in key demos with ”The Voice” (4.4 rating/12 share in adults 18-49, 11.8 million viewers overall), which was down slightly week to week but opened up a bigger 18-49 advantage over ABC’s ”Dancing With the Stars” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall), which was down about 10% in its second week and again was easily Monday’s most-watched program overall.

The Alphabet led the 10 p.m. hour with ”Castle” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 12.2 million viewers overall), which edged up from last week for its best deliveries since late October; the show has rebounded with the return of ”Dancing,” and was also aided this week by the absence of firstrun ”Hawaii Five-0” competition. NBC’s ”Smash” ran second in the hour (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), on par with last week.

Fox aired the final two hours of ”Alcatraz” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), which was down a tick week to week for a season low. The show’s ratings trend would suggest a second season is unlikely.

CBS ranked third on the night with repeats of regulars ”How I Met Your Mother” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), ”Mike and Molly” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) and ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall).

CW aired a repeat of theatrical ”Confessions of a Shopaholic” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.7/10; ABC, 2.9/8; CBS, 1.9/5; Fox and Univision, 1.5/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 15.8 million; NBC, 10.0 million; CBS, 6.4 million; Fox, 4.7 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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