NBC The Voice Ratings

Network also draws a big audience at 10 p.m. for news special on Boston bombings

NBC’s “The Voice” kicked off its battles round Monday and scored season highs, outperforming the young-adult averages of both CBS and ABC for its two-hour period.

It was an atypical night, with some pre-emptions for news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in and around the New England area. Cable news networks also likely drew more viewers than usual on this night.

According to preliminary national averages from Nielsen, Monday’s two-hour installment of “The Voice” averaged a 5.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers overall, dominating in demos and also winning in total viewers. The music competition logged its best 18-49 score on any night since March of last year.

NBC preempted drama “Revolution” and devoted the 10 p.m. hour to a news special on the explosions in Boston, averaging a 3.1/8 in 18-49 and drawing 8.9 million viewers overall.

Elsewhere, audiences weren’t in a laughing mood on Monday as the CBS comedies were at or near season lows: “How I Met Your Mother” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall). “2 Broke Girls” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (2.2/5 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall). The block finished in second place in 18-49 from 8 to 10 p.m., as did 10 p.m. drama “Hawaii Five-O” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall) was up a tick from last week while “Castle” was the top series at 10 (2.1/5 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall).

Fox’s dramas “Bones” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and “The Following” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) were on the low side, though both were pre-empted in Boston and Hartford.

CW’s season premiere of musical chairs reality series “Oh Sit” averaged a 0.4/1 in 18-49 and 1.1 million viewers overall, followed by the return of “90210″ (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall) as it counts down to its series finale.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.5/12; ABC, 2.2/6; CBS, 2.1/6; Fox, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 12.5 million; ABC, 12.4 million; CBS, 7.2 million; Fox, 6.5 million; Univision, 3.5 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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