Net edges CBS in demo; ABC's 'Castle' wins at 10

NBC’s ”The Voice” was on a ratings upswing Monday for its final live performance show of the season, lifting the net to a narrow victory over CBS among young adults. CBS’ ”Two and a Half Men” tied ”The Voice” as top demo draw of the night, while ABC’s ”Castle” closed its season a winner despite a soft ”Dancing With the Stars” lead-in.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ”The Voice” averaged a 3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., winning and growing in each half-hour and peaking at 9:30 p.m. with a 4.2 rating in the demo. The talent show, up 6% from last week, beat the CBS comedy block by 12% in 18-49 (3.7 vs. 3.3) while besting ”Dancing With the Stars” by a comfy 42% margin (3.7 vs. 2.6). And at 10, ”Smash” remained third (1.9/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) but edged up week to week in the preliminaries in advance of its finale next week.

At CBS, ”How I Met Your Mother” was preempted so ”2 Broke Girls” could finish its first season with a one-hour finale, which did a 2.9/9 in 18-49 and 8.4 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and then a 3.4/10 in the demo and 9.3 million viewers overall in its regular 8:30 p.m. slot, which was a bit below last week; ”Broke Girls” will finish the season as the No. 1 new program in 18-49. The rookie was followed by ”Two and a Half Men” (3.7/10 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall) and ”Mike and Molly” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall), with both in line with their showings of last week. And at 10, ”Hawaii Five-0” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) was down a bit and placed second.

ABC’s ”Dancing With the Stars” is finishing the season on a sluggish note as its two-hour performance show hit a season low (2.6/7 in 18-49, 16.0 million viewers overall); still, it was easily the night’s most-watched program overall. And ”Castle” closed out its most-watched season to date by winning the 10 p.m. hour (2.5/7 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall).

Fourth-place Fox was in line with last week with its combo of drama vets ”Bones” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) and ”House” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall). ”House” ends its run with a two-hour episode on May 21.

At CW, it remains a struggle for ”Gossip Girl” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall), but rookie ”Hart of Dixie” continues to look pretty good by comparison in the 9 o’clock hour (0.6/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.1/8; NBC, 2.9/8′ ABC, 2.6/7; Fox, 2.0/6; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 14.9 million; CBS, 9.6 million; NBC, 9.0 million; Fox, 6.5 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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