The customary Monday reality battle between NBC’s “The Voice” and ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” ended the way it usually does: “The Voice” won the night in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, while “Dancing With the Stars” drew the most total viewers, according to Nielsen’s preliminary ratings.
“The Voice” pulled in an average demo rating of a 2.1, with 9.52 million total viewers, for NBC. “Timeless” followed with a steady 1.2 demo rating and 4.81 million viewers.
“Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 1.8 in the demo, up from last week, and 11.98 million viewers, for ABC. (Somewhat of interest, “Dancing” drew just about the same rating as “The Voice” in the 18-34 demographic, with a 1.3.) “Conviction” continued its march to oblivion with a 0.8 and 4.49 million viewers. ABC’s lineup was preempted in the San Francisco market for the Oakland Raiders-Houston Texans Mexico City game, which may mean some downward adjustment for these shows once final numbers come in.
On CBS, “Kevin Can Wait” pulled in a 1.5 in the demo and 6.96 million viewers. “Man With a Plan” came in with a 1.3 and 5.94 million. “2 Broke Girls” built on that in the demo with a 1.4 and 5.4 million viewers. “The Odd Couple” improved slightly from last week with a 1.1 and 4.61 million viewers. “Scorpion” capped off the night with a 1.2 and 4.81 million viewers.
Fox’s “Gotham” ticked down slightly from last week’s prelims with a 1.1 and 3.45 million viewers, as did “Lucifer,” with a 1.0 and 3.62.
Over on The CW, “Supergirl” ticked up a couple tenths to a 1.0 in the demo and 2.84 million viewers on the whole. “Jane the Virgin” was also up, to a 0.6 and 1.42 million viewers. The CW affiliate in the Houston market carried the Raiders-Texans game, so these numbers carry the same caveat as ABC’s.
As a reminder, many of these series will see ratings lifts of 50% or more once viewing within three and seven days is counted. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the guarantees networks guarantee advertisers.