‘Voice’ strong Monday, but CBS tops NBC

Comedies, 'Hawaii Five-0' pace Eye for the night

The fall’s final performance episode of “The Voice” was the night’s top series, but an hour of “How I Met Your Mother” and winning performances by “Mike & Molly” and “Hawaii Five-0” put CBS ahead of its rivals in key demos Monday.

The Eye won among the broadcasters in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. It’s the second straight week that CBS finished ahead of NBC, which had used two-hour editions of “The Voice” to win consistently earlier in the fall.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS was a solid second to “The Voice” in Monday’s opening hour with back-to-back episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” (3.3/9 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall at 8; 3.5/9 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall at 8:30), with the hour (3.4) up 6% week to week for the show’s best average since September. It was followed by “2 Broke Girls” (3.5/9 in 18-49, 10.2 million viewers overall), which was about average, and “Mike & Molly” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) and “Hawaii Five-0” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 10.3 million viewers overall), both of which were above average.

CBS matched last week’s 18-49 average for its tops on a Monday this season (3.1).

At NBC, a 90-minute installment of “The Voice” (4.1/11 in 18-49, 13.2 million viewers overall) was the night’s top entertainment series in most categories, rising 8% week to week for its best Monday showing in three weeks and also outperforming its performance finale of last spring by 8% (3.7). The music contest also drew its largest overall audience since Sept. 18.

The Peacock lost to CBS for the night, though, because a special preview of new Thursday comedy “1600 Penn” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) fell off quite a bit from “The Voice,” and 10 p.m. gameshow “Take It All” didn’t do much with the final episode of its six-night run (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall).

Fox aired specials “Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall).

And ABC had another quiet Monday with back-to-back hours of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall at 8; 1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall at 8:30) and a repeat of “Castle” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall).

CW had its best Monday of the season, airing the final two episodes of “Gossip Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall at 8 and 0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall at 8:30), which hit season highs across the board. In women 18-34 (1.5/4), CW beat ABC and Fox from 8 to 10.

Univision also finished ahead of ABC and Fox with its lineup led by “Amores Verdaderos” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 3.1/8; NBC, 2.9/8; Univision, 1.4/4; Fox, 1.2/3; ABC, 1.1/3; CW, 0.7/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.8 million; NBC, 9.3 million; ABC, 4.0 million; Univision, 3.6 million; Fox, 3.3 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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