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‘Following’ Pulls Ahead of ‘Revolution’ as Top Monday Drama in Demos

Fox drama hits five-week high; NBC's 'The Voice' is the No. 1 show in all key categories

NBC has dominated another Monday in key demos behind “The Voice” and “Revolution,” though the latter was caught in young adults for its hour by ABC’s “Castle” and fell behind Fox’s “The Following” as the night’s top drama in demos for the first time.

One week from its finale, Fox’s “The Following” averaged a 2.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, up 14% (0.3) from last week for a five-week high in the demo. With the CBS comedies in repeat, the Kevin Bacon-fronted drama placed second for its hour in 18-49 and all male categories. “The Following” built on its lead-in from “Bones” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which was flat week to week and placed third in its 8 o’clock hour.

Elsewhere Monday, NBC’s “The Voice” (4.8/13 in 18-49, 13.9 million viewers overall) remained dominant in demos for its two-hour block but was down a bit from last week’s season high; it also again finished ahead of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in total viewers. The music contest was followed by “Revolution” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall), which matched its score of two weeks ago (it was preempted last week by a news special on the Boston bombings) and led the 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 (tie) and all male demos.

“Revolution,” like “The Following,” has consistently been among TV’s biggest gainers in full-week’s DVR playback, but Monday’s preliminary average matched the show’s lowest same-night score to date.

ABC’s “Castle” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 11.7 million viewers overall) matched “Revolution” in the 18-49 prelims (and could edge it out in the nationals) while winning the hour outright in adults 25-54 (3.3/8) and total viewers. The mystery series also grew in demos on lead-in “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall); if it holds in the nationals, this would mark the drama’s first build on the reality series. “Dancing” was in line with last week.

CBS aired mostly repeats, with an original “Rules of Engagement” at 8:30 p.m. (1.5/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) performing a bit better in 18-49 than the encores of “How I Met Your Mother” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and “2 Broke Girls” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) sandwiching it. Repeats of “Mike & Molly” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “Hawaii Five-0” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) closed out the night.

And at CW, “Oh Sit” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall) was down a bit from its season premiere of last week, while “90210” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall) edged up as it nears its series finale.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.9/11; ABC and Fox, 2.1/6; Univision, 1.5/4; CBS, 1.3/4; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 13.0 million; NBC, 11.3 million; Fox, 6.9 million; CBS, 5.0 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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