Blacklist NBC ratings

NBC has won another Monday in key demos behind “The Voice” and “The Blacklist,” though the former hit a season low as it moved into its live shows while the latter nearly caught it among young adults. They were the top two programs in demos on a night that saw ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” remain the most-watched program overall and hold up better than other shows year-over-year.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a season-low 2.9 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. (though it’s expected to rise to a 3.0 or 3.1 in the nationals), down about 10% from last week and off more than 30% from the comparable 2013 night on the calendar (when the show was earlier in its season). Still, it was Monday’s No. 1 program in 18-49 and 25-54 (4.0/10), winning all four half-hours.

At 10 p.m., “The Blacklist” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.2 million viewers overall) won its timeslot in every key measure, matching the show’s top 18-49 rating since Feb. 24 and coming within 10% of its “Voice” demo lead-in for the first time. The two shows will finish neck and neck in total viewers, too, and that would also be the closest finish to date for the James Spader drama.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 13.5 million viewers overall) was down a bit from last week but matched its year-ago score to considerably close the demo gap with “The Voice”; it could rise to a 2.2 in the nationals. “Castle” followed (1.8/5 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), matching its most recent original of a few weeks ago but down about 20% from last year.

At CBS, its comedy block of “2 Broke Girls” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), “Friends With Better Lives” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) placed third and was down a bit from last week, with a special repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) performing nearly as well at 9:30 p.m. as last week’s season finale of “Mom.” The net finished the night with a special repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall).

Fox’s fourth-place drama combo of “Bones” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) and “The Following” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) was on par with the previous week but down more than 30% from last year.

CW saw low scores for its rookie dramas “Star-Crossed” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “The Tomorrow People” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.9/8; ABC, 2.0/6; CBS, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.4/1; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 12.2 million; NBC, 11.1 million; CBS, 5.9 million; Fox, 5.2 million; Univision, 2.8 million; CW and Telemundo, 1.1 million.

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