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TV Ratings: CBS’ ‘Man With a Plan’ Solid, NBC Wins Monday With ‘The Voice,’ Obama Delivers for Kimmel

CBS’ new Matt LeBlanc sitcom “Man With a Plan” opened solidly, if not spectacularly, in its premiere Monday against NBC’s “The Voice,” which dominated the night.

CBS’ first Monday outing of the season without “The Big Bang Theory” anchoring the night saw “Kevin Can Wait” hold up respectively in its move to 8 p.m. slot and the loss of the “Big Bang” lead-in. The Kevin James starrer brought in  7.9 million viewers and 1.6 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, compared a 2.1 demo rating and 8.5 million viewers last week in the 8:30 p.m. slot behind “Big Bang.”

Meanwhile in late-night, Jimmy Kimmel had a big turnout, hitting a 19-month high thanks to a visit from President Obama.

Man With a Plan,” featuring the former “Friends” trouper as a stay-at-home father, held fast to its “Kevin Can Wait” lead-in with 7.3 million viewers and a 1.6/5 in 18-49. From 9-10 p.m., the Eye’s fortunes dipped with “2 Broke Girls” (6 million, 1.4/4) and “The Odd Couple” (5 million, 1.1/4). Now that CBS’ portion of “Thursday Night Football” is over for the season (the games move to NBC as of this week), “Big Bang” will return to its regular Thursday 8 p.m. berth as of this week, paired with the premiere of Joel McHale sitcom “The Great Indoors,” the return of comedies “Mom” and “Life in Pieces” and the 10 p.m bow of new medical drama “Pure Genius.”

NBC’s “The Voice” led the night with an average of 11 million viewers and 2.7/9 in adults 18-49 from 8-10 p.m. At 10 p.m., frosh drama “Timeless” (5.7 million, 1.4/5) took a big dip but still won the time period against ABC’s “Conviction” (4.9 million, 0.8/3) and CBS’ “Scorpion” (7 million, 1.2/4).

ABC’s two-hour installment of “Dancing With the Stars” (10.9 million, 1.6/5) was a close second to “Voice” in viewers and matched CBS’ 8-9 p.m. comedies in the demo.

Fox trailed its rivals with dramas “Gotham” (3.4 million, 1.1/4) and “Lucifer” (3.6 million, 1.0/3). Both shows are sure to see gains once time-shifted viewing is factored in.

At CW, “Supergirl” remained plucky at 8 p.m. with 2.8 million viewers and a 0.9/3 in the demo, but the show’s cape-tails didn’t offer much help to 9 p.m.’s “Jane the Virgin” (1.5 million, 0.6/2).

In late-night, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” spiked to the No. 1 spot over NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Obama’s third appearance on the show drove Kimmel to a 2.7/7 household rating in Nielsen’s 56 overnight metered markets, compared to a 2.1/6 for both Fallon and CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” That number marked Kimmel’s best since Obama’s previous visit to the show on March 12, 2015. Obama’s first sit-down with Kimmel came in June 2008.

(Pictured: “Man With a Plan”)

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