Ratings: NBC’s ‘Voice,’ ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ Finale Top Monday

UPDATE: In updated national estimates from Nielsen, NBC’s “The Voice” was revised up two tenths to a 3.8 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 while drawing 13.95 million viewers overall; this left it down just a tick from the previous week despite the start of Daylight Saving Time and was up by the same amount vs. the same night a year ago.

The Peacock’s 10 p.m. drama “The Night Shift” was revised down a tenth (1.3/4 in 18-49, 5.45 million viewers overall).

Both of CBS’ opening-hour shows, “2 Broke Girls” and “Mike & Molly,” gained a tenth in the nationals to 2.1, and ABC’s season finale of “The Bachelor” a;sp went up slightly (to 2.8).

In cable, the premiere of A&E’s “The Returned,” an adaptation of a popular French series, averaged a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 1.54 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour. Its lead-in was the third-season premiere of “Bates Motel” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.14 million viewers overall), which was down about 30% from its year-ago opener.

AMC’s “Better Call Saul” had another good outing at 10 p.m. (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.57 million viewers overall), tying in 18-49 for the hour with NBC’s “The Night Shift.”


The finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor” delivered the show’s best score of the season but it wasn’t close to knocking off NBC’s “The Voice” as the top show of the night as the music competition barely missed a beat in its first outing during Daylight Saving Time. Fox, meanwhile, saw its “The Following” — without a firstrun “Gotham” lead-in — take a tumble in its second week.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 3.6 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 13.5 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., ruling as Monday’s top show in both categories and down a modest 5% from its prelim score of 3.8 last week. A year ago (albeit up against a stronger season finale of “The Bachelor”), the “Voice” falloff in the first week of Daylight Saving Time was 18%.

Medical drama “The Night Shift” closed out the night with a third-place finish for NBC (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), on par with last week (though a downward revision in the nationals to a 1.3 seems likely).

ABC’s two-hour season finale of “The Bachelor” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall) placed a solid second from 8 to 10 p.m., up 0.1 from its prior regular episode (2.6 on Feb. 23) and 0.3 above last week’s “Women Tell All” special (2.4). Though the dating show should hit a season high in the nationals (2.8), this would be down 15% from last year’s conclusion (3.3), which saw a larger (more typical) build from the previous week.

Head-to-head, “The Bachelor” finale beat “The Voice” in women 18-34 (3.9 vs. 3.1) and adults 18-34 (2.6 vs. 2.4).

Combined with the 10 p.m. special “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall), which won its timeslot in 18-49, ABC had its top-rated Monday of the television season in 18-49.

At CBS, “2 Broke Girls” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) was down a smidge from its prior original two weeks ago, pairing with “Mike & Molly” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), down 0.2, for a third-place finish in the night’s opening hour. “Scorpion” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) was down a tick from its last original to match its low, and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) was up a tick closing out the night while drawing its second largest overall audience of the season.

At Fox, a “Gotham” repeat (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) was followed by “The Following” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall), which dropped about 30% (0.5) from its OK season opener of last week when it had an original “Gotham” lead-in. It ranked a distant fourth among the major networks for its 9 o’clock hour.

CW’s “The Originals” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) were both down a tick from their last originals on Feb. 16.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 2.9/9; ABC, 2.7/8; CBS, 1.9/6; Univision, 1.1/3; Fox, 0.9/3; CW and Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 10.9 million; CBS, 9.8 million; ABC, 9.6 million; Fox and Univision, 3.0 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million.


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