After an afternoon of comprehensive coverage on all networks of the bombing at Monday’s Boston Marathon and pre-emptions in various markets, last night’s primetime was relatively normal, with NBC the only network to make changes to its schedule. After three weeks of blind auditions, The Voice (5.1/4) finally began its battle rounds, with mentors Pharrell Williams, Sheryl Crow, Hilary Scott and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden joining the show to help lead the judges’ teams to victory. The Voice was the most watched show of the night with 14.29 million viewers and posted its best numbers since March 12. 2012. It rose 2% from last week in adults 18-49 and viewers. The scheduled Revolution that was supposed to air at 10 PM was replaced by NBC News’ Terror In Boston (3.1/8), which was watched by 8.856 million and was up 41% from what Revolution drew last week. However, the special did not run in consistent time zones and its results likely will be adjusted in final numbers. NBC won the night in total viewers and the demo.
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The CW’s Oh Sit! (0.4/1) was back for a new season at 8 PM last night. The reality show was down a tenth from its Season 1 premiere last August. The network followed with a new 90210 (0.2/1), which was even with its last original March 11. On Fox, Bones (1.9/5) slipped 5% from its last original April 1. The Following (2.1/5) was also down 5% but saw a slight 2% rise in viewership compared to its April 8 episode, up to 6.4 million. Fox had preemptions Monday in the Boston and Hartford areas due to bombing coverage.
After last week’s season low, Dancing With The Stars (2.2/6) took a small step up. The two-hour live show rose 5% from its April 8 show. After DWTS, Castle (2.1/5) flipped the result and was up 5% from its last original April 1. Due to coverage of the bombing, ABC’s primetime was preempted in the Boston area.
On CBS, things were down in varying degrees Monday as the network had shows return from a three-week break. Starting things off at 8 PM, How I Met Your Mother (2.6/8) slipped 4% from its last original three weeks ago to hit a season low. Rules Of Engagement (2.0/5) was also down from its last original March 25, dipping 9% to a season low. Falling 23% from its last new show March 25, 2 Broke Girls (2.3/6) hit a series low Monday as did Mike & Molly (2.2/5), which was down 15% from its last original, and Hawaii Five-0 (1.8/5), which fell 14% from its March 25 show.