The Voice

Network sweeps the night's half-hours in 18-49

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates released late Tuesday, Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” rose to a 2.6/7 in 18-49 and CBS’ “Mike & Molly” edged up to a 2.3/6. There were no other 18-49 changes, including the CW shows.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” led the way in cable with its Miami-Tampa Bay matchup (3.9/12 in 18-49, 10.96m). VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop 4” was the No. 1 entertainment series in 18-49 (1.8/5).


The Voice” and “The Blacklist” were on the rise Monday, lifting NBC to a dominant demo victory over its rivals. Fox hung tough in second, but ABC and CBS were on the low side and fell further behind.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC was the top-rated broadcaster in 18-49 in all six half-hours Monday with “The Voice” (3.8 rating/10 share in adults 18-49, 11.9 million viewers overall) and “The Blacklist” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall). The music contest was up 6% (0.2) from its Monday low of last week, and the drama rose 3% (0.1).

“Blacklist” continues to be especially strong in DVR playback, last week adding 5.43 million viewers to its total with just three days of DVR playback. This means that the James Spader drama was up for a third straight week in L3: from 15.07 million on Oct. 14, to 13.53 million on Oct. 21, 15.46 million on Oct. 28 and then 15.76 million on Nov. 4.

Elsewhere, Fox’s drama combo of “Bones” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) matched its demo deliveries of last week and the net finished about 65% above its average on the comparable night a year ago with “Bones” and “Mob Doctor.”

CBS started strong with “How I Met Your Mother” (3.1/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was down from last week but up a bit year-to-year, and remained solid at 8:30 p.m. with “2 Broke Girls” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall), which was up a tick from last week. It went downhill from there, though, as “Mike & Molly” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 8.6 million viewers overall) fell 15% from its OK season premiere of last week, and “Mom” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) and “Hostages” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) matched their lows.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” hit a season low (1.7/5 in 18-49, 12.5 million viewers overall), down 15% in 18-49 from last week (0.3) even if it did win the timeslot in total viewers. And closing the night, “Castle” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) was down 14% (0.3) from last week.

At CW, “Hart of Dixie” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “Beauty and the Beast” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) were on par with last week, though the net’s preliminary averages could be inflated by a preemption for NFL action in Miami.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.5/10; Fox, 2.3/6; CBS, 2.0/5; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.4/4; Telemundo, 0.5/1; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.7 million; NBC, 11.5 million; Fox, 7.2 million; CBS, 6.8 million; Univision, 3.5 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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