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Ratings: Disney Night Boosts ‘Dancing With the Stars’; ‘Gotham’ Hits Low in Return

NBC won Monday’s ratings race in key demos behind “The Voice,” but ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” closed the gap with its special Disney music night. It wasn’t a pretty return, meanwhile, for Fox’s “Gotham” as the rookie drama hit lows with its first original episode in more than a month.

According to preliminary “live plus same-day” national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” (2.8 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, 10.8 million viewers overall) was down a tenth from last week but figures to pull even with last week’s 2.9 in the nationals. It was again the night’s No. 1 series in all key demos, though ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 13.6 million viewers overall) was up a tenth to match its season high and finish with its most competitive demo finish relative to the NBC show.

With celebrities dancing to their favorite Disney songs, “Dancing” hit a season high in kids 2-11 (1.3/5) as well as some other demos and outdrew “The Voice” among viewers under 25 (1.15 million to 1.03 million). It also was easily the night’s most-watched program overall.

Fox’s “Gotham” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) was down 25% from its most recent original of March 2 and three tenths below its low from February. Some decline was certainly expected, and this is the show’s first airing during Daylight Saving Time, but Fox would like to see it rebound in the next three weeks as it closes its first season. With its most recent episode of March 2, “Gotham” grew in Live+3 by 1.15 rating points in 18-49 (2.02 to 3.17).

“Gotham’s” return didn’t do much for “The Following” at 9 (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), as the Kevin Bacon drama did about what it did two weeks ago with a “Gotham” repeat lead-in. It was, though, up two tenths from its low set last week opposite the college basketball championship game on CBS.

At CBS, “2 Broke Girls” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) were on par with their prior originals and placed third in the 8 o’clock hour. “Scorpion” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) was down a tick to tie its low from late September (though it may be able to round up to a 2.0 in the nationals).

In the 10 o’clock hour, CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) was up a bit as it seemed to benefit from ABC’s “Castle” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) airing a repeat. NBC’s original “The Night Shift” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week in the demo and up for a second straight week in total viewers.

At CW, both “The Originals” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) were above average but may be inflated due to baseball preemptions.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.4/8; CBS, 1.8/6; ABC, 1.7/6; Fox, 1.3/4; Univision, 0.8/3; CW, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: ABC, 11.2 million; NBC, 9.2 million; CBS, 8.6 million; Fox, 4.0 million; Univision, 2.2 million; CW and Telemundo, 1.4 million.

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