'Smash' stable, CBS solid in return to originals

NBC singing competition ”The Voice” saw its young-adult audience decline for a fifth straight week Monday, but it still ruled as the night’s top show among young adults — even with the tough CBS comedies back in originals.

NBC won the night in adults 18-49 but CBS was close behind and pulled ahead in adults 25-54. ABC dominated in total viewers with ”Dancing With the Stars.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s ”The Voice” averaged a 3.9 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., edging past CBS’ ”How I Met Your Mother” in the demo at 8 o’clock and then opening up wider advantages over the CBS comedies in its final 90 minutes. Though it remains the night’s top show, ”The Voice” isn’t looking as impressive as it was earlier this year as it has posted five straight declines since the March 5 episode averaged a 6.2 demo rating. The Peacock’s 10 p.m. drama ”Smash” held steady (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), placing second in demos for its hour.

At CBS, most comedies were at or near series lows as they returned for original episodes for the first time in three weeks. ”How I Met Your Mother” remains potent kicking off the night (3.4/10 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall), and rookie ”2 Broke Girls” continues to be a good fit behind it at 8:30 (3.4/9 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall). ”Two and a Half Men” was down vs. its most recent original and appears to be at series-low levels for an original episode (3.5/9 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall), but 9:30 p.m. soph ”Mike and Molly” edged up (3.2/8 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall). ”Hawaii Five-0” then cruised at 10 p.m. (2.6/7 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall) as chief rival ”Castle” on ABC took the week off.

At ABC, ”Dancing With the Stars” was flat week to week (2.9/8 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall) but it continues to track more than 30% below last spring’s hot pace. And at 10, a repeat of last Thursday’s ”Scandal” premiere did a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall.

Fox was down week to week with ”Bones” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and ”House” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), running a distant fourth for its two-hour block.

CW aired original episodes of ”Gossip Girl” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and ”Hart of Dixie” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.3/9; CBS, 3.1/8; ABC, 2.4/6; Fox, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.0 million; CBS, 9.5 million; NBC, 8.9 million; Fox, 6.7 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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