TV Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Gives NBC the Win, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Holds Up

Oriana Schwindt

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.

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