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Monday Ratings: NBC’s ‘Voice’ Wins But Remains Sluggish; ABC’s ‘Light Fight’ Brighter

UPDATE: In updated national estimates from Nielsen released Tuesday afternoon, ABC’s “The Great Christmas Flight” came down 0.2 but still looked pretty good (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.83 million viewers overall) — rising 21% (0.3) vs. last year’s premiere even though it was pre-empted in Atlanta and Milwaukee. “Castle” fell off 0.3 in the revised nationals (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.32 million viewers overall) for its season low.

The only other demo change was a o.1 adjustment upward for CBS’ “Mike & Molly” season premiere (1.9/5 in 18-49, 8.06 million viewers overall), which meant it came within a tick of its demo lead-in from “2 Broke Girls” in both 18-49 (1.9 vs. 2.0) and 25-54 (2.8 vs. 2.9), while moving ahead in total viewers (8.06 million vs. 7.72 million).

CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 8.73 million viewers overall) ended up winning among the major networks at 10 p.m. in both 18-49 (tied with “State of Affairs”) and total viewers for the first time this season.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” led the night (5.1/15 in 18-49, 13.96 million viewers overall for Falcons-Packers), achieving at least a 5 demo rating for just the second time in the last 10 weeks.

 

NBC won Monday’s primetime ratings race among the broadcasters behind the semifinals of “The Voice” and rookie drama “State of Affairs,” but the net’s grip on the night has clearly loosened. Last night also saw a solid return for ABC’s limited-run series “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and an OK season premiere for CBS’ “Mike & Molly.”

ESPN figures to win the night as its Atlanta-Green Bay “Monday Night Football” matchup, a game that was lopsided at halftime but got interesting late, averaged a 9.0 overnight household rating. This is the best prelim score for the franchise since the Oct. 27 game between Washington and Dallas did a 12.1.

Looking at the preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s “The Voice” averaged a 2.5 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., down a bit from last week and the lowest score to date for a performance episode of the show (pending updates in the nationals). A year ago, an hourlong “Voice” on the same night did a 3.5 in the demo, leading into a 2.4 for a two-hour “Sing-Off.”

“State of Affairs” continues to do OK at 10 p.m. for NBC (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) — on par with last week and neck-and-neck in the demo with its established drama competition. It’s nowhere nearly as strong as former timeslot occupant “The Blacklist,” though the latter did enjoy stronger lead-in support from “The Voice.”

ABC’s numbers will be revised downward in the nationals due to pre-emptions in both Atlanta and Milwaukee for “Monday Night Football,” but its “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall) figures to out-rate its year-ago premiere. (In the metered-market overnights, which aren’t affected by football, “Light Fight” was up about 20% from last year when it aired from 9 to 11.)

“Castle” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week’s national score, but may finish below that 1.6 when the numbers are updated Tuesday afternoon.

CBS had its best Monday in four weeks, thanks in part to the insertion of “Mike & Molly” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) in the 8:30 p.m. slot that had been occupied by “The Millers.” While it improved upon the recent average for “Millers” (1.5), the vet was down 0.8 from its year-ago November premiere in the 9 o’clock half-hour (2.6). It retained about 90% of its “2 Broke Girls” lead-in (2.0/6 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall).

And while “Mike & Molly” may not have been a big upgrade at 8:30 p.m., it seemed to help “Scorpion” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall), which was Monday’s top scripted series and up 11% in both 18-49 and 25-54 vs. its most recent original of two weeks ago; the first-year drama also may have benefited from the absence of a firstrun “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox.

At 10 p.m., “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), up a tick from its low of two weeks ago.

Fox had a quiet night with encores of “Gotham” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) and “Sleepy Hollow” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall).

And at CW, “The Originals” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) was up a tick with its fall finale, and “Jane the Virgin” edged up too (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.2/8; CBS, 1.9/5; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.1/3; CW, 0.5/2; Fox and Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 9.2 million; CBS, 8.8 million; ABC, 7.8 million; Univision, 2.8 million; Fox, 1.9 million; CW, 1.3 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.

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