‘Revolution’ Rises as NBC Wins Another Monday in Demos

'The Voice' dips but remains the night's top draw in demos; Rihanna special fizzles for Fox


NBC rookie drama “Revolution” bounced back from its low of last week, teaming with  “The Voice” — still the night’s top show despite week-to-week declines — to lift NBC to its sixth Monday victory in the last seven weeks in key demos.

Also of note on the night, CBS drama “Hawaii Five-O” was also up in the 10 o’clock hour’s tight drama battle while ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” hit a season low. And there was little interest in Fox’s Rihanna special.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 3.9 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m.; even if it rises a tick or two in the nationals, it will still come in below last week’s 4.3 in the demo. On the comparable night last year, when “The Voice” was further into its cycle, it averaged a 3.8 in 18-49.

At 10, “Revolution” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) was up a bit over last week’s preliminary estimate and should finish up about 11% in the nationals. The network went with more emotional, uplifting promotions leading up to this episode and that may have helped hold on to more of the core female audience from “The Voice.” In the 10:30 p.m. half-hour, “Revolution” matched last week’s rating in men 18-49 (1.5) but surged by 16% in women 18-49 (2.2 vs. 1.9).

For the night, NBC won comfortably in adults 18-49 and 25-54.

ABC prevailed in total viewers, though “Dancing With the Stars” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 12.9 million viewers overall) will likely match its series low for a performance episode (2.0) when the nationals come in. And at 10, “Castle” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) neck and neck with the other dramas in 18-49 and 25-54 while winning in total viewers.

At CBS, “How I Met Your Mother” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), “Rules of Engagement” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) and “2 Broke Girls” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) were in line with last week, while “Mike & Molly” was down a bit (2.2/6 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall). “Mother” and “2 Broke Girls” were the night’s top scripted series in 18-49.

Closing things out for CBS, “Hawaii Five-O” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) was up 12% (0.2) from last week.

After its Monday dramas wrapped their seasons a week ago, Fox’s special “Rihanna 777” settled for a 0.8/2 in 18-49 and 1.7 million viewers overall, and was followed by a “Bones” repeat (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall). The net finished behind Univision for the night in both 18-49 and total viewers.

At CW, “Oh Sit” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and “90210” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.6 million viewers overall) matched their low scores of last week. “90210” ends its xxxx-season run next week with a two-hour finale.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.3/9; CBS, 2.2/6; ABC, 2.0/5; Univision, 1.6/4; Fox, 0.7/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 12.2 million; NBC, 10.0 million; CBS, 7.5 million; Univision, 3.8 million; Fox, 2.1 million; CW, 0.8 million.