CBS repeats, Fox's 'Alcatraz' no match in key demos

Taking advantage of softer than usual competition, including repeats on CBS, NBC’s new Monday tandem of ”The Voice” and ”Smash” grew nicely week to week to lead the net to an easy ratings victory.

As ”The Voice” entered the Battles Rounds, it shot up to a 6.1 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and 16.7 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., according to Nielsen; it grew by 13% over last week’s auditions round (which was opposed by the strong Daytona 500 NASCAR race on Fox) for the show’s best numbers since its Monday premiere four weeks ago. And at 10, ”Smash” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), up against repeat dramas on ABC and CBS for the first time, grew 17% week to week for a three-week high and led the 10 o’clock hour across the board.

Excluding nights with major sports, NBC has now won four straight Mondays in adults 18-49 after not prevailing on the night with regular series in four years.

Elsewhere, ABC’s ”The Bachelor” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) was in line with last week, placing second to NBC from 8 to 10 p.m. but down nearly 20% from the same night a year ago; the show wraps its season next week. And at 10, a repeat ”Castle” did a 1.4/4 in 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall.

Fox drama ”Alcatraz” continues to put up sluggish numbers (1.8/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), this time with a two-hour episode. In 18-49, it lagged the 8-10 p.m. average of repeat CBS comedies ”How I Met Your Mother” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), ”2 Broke Girls” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), ”Two and a Half Men” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (1.8/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall). Closing things out for CBS was a repeat ”Hawaii Five-0” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.9/13; ABC, 2.1/6; CBS and Fox, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.3/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 13.7 million; ABC, 7.6 million; CBS, 6.9 million; Fox, 5.7 million; Univision, 3.3 million; CW, 1.2 million.

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