Monday Ratings: ‘Night Shift,’ ‘The Following’ Edge Up From Lows

There wasn’t a lot of movement in Monday’s ratings race, which saw NBC prevail again in key demos thanks to the night’s top show, “The Voice.” Also of note, ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” held up well in its second week and a pair of dramas that hit lows in recent weeks, NBC’s “The Night Shift” and Fox’s “The Following,” both edged up.

According to preliminary “live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 3.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., on par with last week and beating both ABC and CBS by 4 shares in the demo. At 10 p.m., “The Night Shift” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was up from last week and was competitive in the demo with its drama competitors on ABC and CBS; it typically is revised down in the nationals, but even a two-tenth drop would leave it a bit ahead of the season-low 1.3 it produced with its two prior episodes.

At ABC, which won the night in total viewers, “Dancing With the Stars” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 13.7 million viewers overall) retained 95% of its premiere rating (2.1) and placed in demos and first in overall audience for its 8 to 10 p.m. time period. “Castle” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week.

CBS opened with originals of “2 Broke Girls” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), both of which were down 0.2 from their last episode. “Scorpion” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) matched its most recent original of two weeks ago and was the night’s top drama, and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall) won at 10 p.m. though it was down from its higher-than-usual 1.8 of two weeks ago.

Fox aired a pair of “The Following” episodes, with the first doing a 1.2/4 in the demo and 3.9 million total viewers and the second the same demo score and 3.7 million total viewers. After opening its season with a 1.6 rating (with a “Gotham” lead-in), the Kevin Bacon drama had fallen to a series-low 1.1 on both March 9 and 16 before edging up last night.

CW aired repeats of Monday regulars “The Originals” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.7/8; ABC and CBS, 1.8/6; Fox, 1.2/4; Univision, 1.1/4; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.9 million; NBC, 9.8 million; CBS, 8.8 million; Fox, 3.8 million; Univision, 3.0 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 0.9 million.

 

 

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