The new 2012-13 television season is finally underway, and night one of the new season proved to be a good one for NBC, whose Voice-fueled lineup lead them to dominate Monday night. Meanwhile, CBS couldn’t gain any traction in the final two hours of prime time and Fox surprisingly retained much of last week’s audience for Sleepy Hollow.
Here are the final ratings for Monday. All numbers are for the adults 18-49 demo, unless noted otherwise.
The Voice’s season premiere had all four original judges return – and it looks like they haven’t missed a beat. The Voice was the night’s most watched show with a 5.1 rating and 13 share, with 14.98 million viewers, easily clearing ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, which earned a 2.3/6 with 13.57 million viewers.
How I Met Your Mother kicked off its farewell tour with an impressive 3.7 rating, with the second half-hour drawing a higher rating than the first.
Coming in last was tired Bones, with a 1.9 rating.
While The Voice and Dancing continue to battle in the second hour of primetime, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow held on to much of its audience from last week’s premiere, with a 3.1/8, easily beating CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, which earned a 2.8/7, dropping 24 percent from its Mother lead-in. The premiere of Chuck Lorre’s Mom followed, with a unimpressive 2.5 rating, down 11 percent from its lead-in.
In the final hour of primetime, NBC scored a ratings victory with James Spader’s Blacklist, with a 3.8/10, down from the 4.1 Revolution premiered with a year ago. Still, an impressive performance. On the other hand, CBS’ inane Hostages got what it deserved with a lackluster with a 1.8/5, behind Castle’s 2.2/6. CBS isn’t known for airing serialized dramas, and the numbers behind a bad show like Hostages prove it.