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Monday Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Lifts NBC to Victory; CBS Comedies Sink

NBC won Monday’s primetime ratings race behind “The Voice,” the night’s top show, while CBS saw a modest return for rookie drama “Stalker,” though it was the top Kevin Williamson drama in its timeslot.

(Note that the affiliate-based preliminary nationals from Nielsen for last night are subject to revision for CBS, which aired a news report on its Baltimore station, and for NBC, which aired an NBA playoff game in Portland and news coverage in Baltimore.)

According to the prelim Nielsens, “The Voice” averaged a 2.6 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. — on par with last week’s demo score and again Monday’s No. 1 program. It was followed by “The Night Shift” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), which was also on par with last week.

CBS opened with “2 Broke Girls” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall), with both down multiple ticks week to week. The half-hours may have been lower because they weren’t leading into “Scorpion,” which ended its successful rookie season last week. Instead, it was the return of “Stalker” at 9 p.m. for CBS (1.4/4 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall); it was up 0.2 from its final Wednesday originals in February but down about 33% from the timeslot firstrun average for “Scorpion.” Head-to-head, it beat Fox’s “The Following” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), which like “Stalker” comes from Williamson.

At 10 p.m., “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) managed to tie last week’s score and edge out its drama competitors in 18-49 even though it had a considerably weaker lead-in this week.

At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall) was off a smidge from last week, placing second to “The Voice” from 8 to 10. And at 10 o’clock, “Castle” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week and was part of a three-network scrum for broadcast leadership among adults 18-49.

Fox’s “Gotham” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “The Following” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) were about at last week’s levels. Ditto for CW’s “The Originals” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.2/7; ABC, 1.7/5; CBS, 1.5/5; Fox, 1.4/4; Univision, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.5 million; NBC, 9.0 million; CBS, 7.1 million; Fox, 4.1 million; Univision, 2.4 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; CW, 1.1 million.

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