The Voice

ABC's 100th episode of 'Castle' nearly catches the NBC rookie drama in young-adults demo

A four-month layoff for NBC’s first-year drama “Revolution” appears to have sapped the show of some of its ratings strength, as it hit a low Monday but still narrowly led its timeslot in young adults. ABC’s “Castle,” celebrating its 100th episode, hit season highs and nearly caught “Revolution” in the key 18-49 demo.

On a night when CBS aired all repeats, NBC’s “The Voice” averaged a strong 4.6 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 13.1 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., down just a bit from its fourth-season premiere a week ago (4.9 in the demo and 13.6 million). The blind auditions episode grew nicely with each half-hour, opening with a 3.9/12 in 18-49 at 8 p.m. and closing with a 5.3/13 at 9:30.

“The Voice” was last week’s top broadcast series in adults 18-49 and figures to challenge CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” which returns to originals on Thursday, for top honors in the current frame.

Closing the night for the Peacock, “Revolution” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) dipped 12% (0.3) from its midseason premiere of last week for a series low. While many series hit lows at this time of the year, NBC was likely hoping its top new show of the season would come back stronger. “Revolution” continues to be among the biggest gainers via DVR, with last week’s mid-season premiere jumping from a 2.6 same-night demo rating to a 3.7 with three days of playback.

NBC won Monday for a second straight week in 18-49 and 25-54, while ABC cruised in total viewers.

For the Alphabet, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 13.8 million viewers overall) was down a bit more in its third week and drew less than half the 18-49 rating as “The Voice” from 8 to 10. It still led its timeslot in total viewers.

At 10, “Castle” averaged a season-high 2.2/6 in 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall, up a tick from last week and moving ahead of “Revolution” in adults 25-54 for the first time (3.2 to 2.8). The mystery series also comfortably led its hour in total viewers and is on pace for its most-watched season to date.

Fox’s drama lineup was about in line with last week, as “Bones” edged up a tick (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) and “The Following” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was down by the same amount. “Following” grew even more than “Revolution” in three-day DVR playback last week, rising from a 2.3 to a 3.6 — on the heels of the NBC rookie as the night’s top drama in 18-49.

CBS lagged its rivals on the night with an all-repeat lineup: “How I Met Your Mother” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) and “Hawaii Five-O” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

And at CW, the penultimate episode of “The Carrie Diaries” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) was in line with recent weeks, and was followed by a repeat of “Hart of Dixie” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.9/11; ABC, 2.2/6; Fox, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.5/4; CBS, 1.2/3; CW, 0.3/1.
In total viewers: ABC, 13.1 million; NBC, 10.9 million; Fox, 6.7 million; CBS, 4.8 million; Univision, 3.7 million; CW, 0.8 million.

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