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Ratings: ‘The Voice,’ ‘Blindspot’ Put NBC on Top Monday; ‘The Bachelor’ Stays Hot

The returns of “The Voice” and “Blindspot” vaulted NBC to the ratings lead on Monday, as the net won all six half-hours of the night in key demos — even if the rookie drama edged down from its fall finale for its lowest numbers to date.  ABC’s “The Bachelor” remained potent, holding steady despite the addition of “The Voice” and beating the reality show among adults under 35, while Fox’s “Gotham” was about average in its return and edged out CBS’ “Supergirl” in young adults.

Looking at the numbers, NBC’s “The Voice” averaged a 3.4 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and 13.2 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., standing as the night’s top program in both categories. It was in line with its fall premiere but down about 15% from its year-ago.

Blindspot” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) became the latest first-year show to fall off in ratings upon a lengthy midseason hiatus, hitting a low in the demo though just 0.1 behind its fall finale of 14 weeks ago. Still, it dominated its time period in young adults, beating runner-up “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS by 50% in 18-49. TV’s top-rated new drama of the season in 18-49, “Blindspot” can expect to see more substantial gains in delayed viewing; on average in “live plus-7,” it grew by nearly 80% in adults 18-49 and by more than 5.5 million viewers compared to its same-day numbers.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Bachelor” (2.5/8 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall) impressively matched last week’s 18-49 average despite NBC’s roughly tripling its week-ago average in the time period. The dating series, which wraps its season in two weeks, was Monday’s No. 2 program in 18-49 (behind “The Voice”) while beating the music competition in adults 18-34 (2.4 to 2.0); last year on the comparable night, “The Voice” prevailed in 18-34 by 22% (2.8 to 2.3). Last week’s episode of “The Bachelor” hit a 2016 high in 18-49 in “live plus-3” (3.07) while hitting the 10-million mark in total viewers for the first time this season.

Closing the night for the Alphabet, “Castle” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) was in line with last week despite the arrival of “Blindspot,” placing third among the major networks for the hour. In 18-34, it retained just 33% of its lead-in (0.8 vs. 2.4).

Fox’s “Gotham” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) returned after a 13-week break, down a tick from its fall finale but in line with its fall average. “Lucifer” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) continued its slow, steady decline — down 0.2 from last week when it aired behind the season finale of “The X-Files.”

At CBS, “Supergirl” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) was a tick below last week to what would be its lowest demo rating and second smallest overall audience to date. It was followed by “Scorpion” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall), which was down 0.2 to its low in the demo, and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall), down a tenth from last week. “Scorpion” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” were the night’s most-watched scripted programs overall.

CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) held steady at their low numbers as they faced tougher female competition this week with the return of “The Voice.”

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