'The Voice,' 'Revolution' lead net to victory

NBC was the broadcast leader in key demos in all six half-hours Monday as “The Voice” and “Revolution” paced another victory. It was a weak start, meanwhile, for the CW’s veteran dramas “90210” and “Gossip Girl.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” kicked off its battles round by matching its season high (4.7/12 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall) and standing as easily the night’s No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49 and 25-54 (5.4/12). When the nationals come in, the music contest likely will establish a new season high in 18-49 with either a 4.8 or 4.9 demo score.

And for a fourth straight week, rookie drama “Revolution” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) was the broadcast leader in demos, though it dipped a bit more and the gap closed some with competing dramas on ABC and CBS.

ESPN was expected to win in same-night 18-49 average with its telecast of “Monday Night Football” between the Houston Texans and New York Jets.

Elsewhere, CBS was runner-up among the broadcasters, though ratings for its programs are subject to revision due to the net’s station in Houston airing Texans football action. In the preliminaries, though, “How I Met Your Mother” (3.2/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) was in line with last week while “Partners” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (3.7/9 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” (3.1/7 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) and “Hawaii Five-0″ (2.2/6 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) all were up slightly.

ABC saw improved scores for both “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall), with the former up slightly in the demo and gaining about 1 million total viewers and the latter posting its best demo score in three airings this season. Fox’s “Bones” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “The Mob Doctor” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) both edged down.

At CW, “90210” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Gossip Girl” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) returned weakly. In the net’s target demo of adults 18-34, each show did a 0.6/2, representing year-to-year premiere declines of 33% for “90210” (which had aired on Tuesday) and 45% for “Gossip Girl.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.2/11; CBS, 2.8/7; ABC, 2.2/5; Univision, 1.6/4; Fox, 1.4/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 12.4 million; NBC, 11.1 million; CBS, 8.7 million; Fox, 5.3 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 0.9 million.

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