Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Closes in on ‘The Voice’

Reality veterans “The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars” both were on the rise lead all programs in the key young-adults demo on Monday, a night that otherwise produced lackluster numbers — including for the recently canceled Kevin Williamson dramas “Stalker” on CBS and “The Following” on Fox.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s “The Voice” averaged a 2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall — up a tick from last week’s season low and standing as standing once again as Monday’s top program in adults 18-49. Competing reality contest “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC (2.1/7 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall) was up 0.2 week-to-week to post its most competitive finish of the season (just 0.3 behind).

“Voice” won the head-to-head battle with “Dancing” in adults 25-54 (3.2 vs. 2.8) while the shows tied in adults 18-34 (1.4). As usual, “Dancing” also dominated in total viewers and was Monday’s No. 1 program in that category.

The 10 p.m. drama battle was a tight one, with the season finale of ABC’s “Castle” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) edging out CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), and NBC’s “The Night Shift” not far behind (1.2/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall).

Fox, whose “Gotham” wrapped last week, went with a two-hour “The Following” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall).

CW had reason to be pleased with the closing performance of its rookie “Jane the Virgin” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall). While still not where the network would like it to be ratings-wise, it did match or exceed its “The Originals” lead-in (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) in most categories. Also, at a time of year when many shows have fallen to low, “Jane” held at its high-level 0.5 in the closing weeks.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.0/6; ABC, 1.9/6; CBS, 1.4/5; Fox, 1.0/3; CW, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.8 million; NBC, 8.3 million; CBS, 7.3 million; Fox, 3.1 million; CW, 1.2 million.

 

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