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‘Voice,’ ‘Blacklist’ Make NBC Tough to Beat on Monday

Network has dominated in demos all five weeks this fall; CBS' 'Mom,' Fox's 'Bones' on the rise

With the exception of Sunday when NBC has football, no night has been as dominated by a network this fall more than Monday by NBC. Last night,”The Voice” and hot rookie drama “The Blacklist” put the Peacock comfortably atop the night in key demos, even if ABC did make it a tight race in total viewers.

In adults 18-49, NBC has now been the Big Four leader in all 30 Monday half-hours this season as “The Voice” (4.2 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 13.4 million viewers overall) and “Blacklist” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) were in control once again and stood as the top two programs. “Voice” was the night’s No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49 and 25-54 (5.1/12) while the James Spader-fronted drama was the top drama in these categories.

Elsewhere, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, CBS saw improvement for first-year shows “Mom” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and “Hostages” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), though these numbers are inflated because the net’s averages include a preemption in Minneapolis for the Vikings’ NFL game. “Mom” was up four-tenths week-to-week, so some growth is still likely, while “Hostages” is up two-tenths and is expected to come in on par or slightly below last week.

The Eye opened the night with “How I Met Your Mother” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), followed by “2 Broke Girls” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) and a special repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall). “Big Bang,” which is keeping the 9 p.m. timeslot warm for the return of “Mike & Molly” in a couple weeks, is providing a spark to the lineup it didn’t have earlier this fall with “We Are Men” at 8:30 p.m. and “2 Broke Girls” at 9.

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 13.1 million viewers overall) and “Castle” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall) were both down in demos from last week, though the former hit a four-week high in total viewers. “Castle” and NBC’s “Blacklist” were neck-and-neck in total viewers both in their hour and as Monday’s most popular series overall.

Fox’s wedding episode of “Bones” resulted in a slight week-to-week growth (to 2.1/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall); the show shifts to its new Friday timeslot next month. And at 9, a repeat “Sleepy Hollow” did a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall.

Ratings for CW’s programs are unreliable because the net had sports preemptions in both New York (Giants football) and Chicago (Bulls’ preseason basketball).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.8/10; CBS, 2.2/6; ABC, 1.9/5; Fox, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.3/3; CW, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 12.5 million; ABC, 12.3 million; CBS, 7.3 million; Fox, 5.4 million; Univision, 3.4 million; CW, 1.6 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.

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