Seeing how today offers yet another television ratings update, one could imagine there is more to talk about than a few cliff notes (thus yesterday’s absence.) The bottom line is that Monday is becoming one of the more interesting nights to watch in terms of series’ as the fall cycle of The Voice threw the entire broadcasting universe into a state of disarray.
The winner gets first mention today and that is NBC. They scored big with The Voice (4.7 18-49, 12.6 million) which continues to grow in popularity. Of course, that is worthy of a special mention because the talent series’ previous seasons deflated as their runs progressed past the battle rounds suggesting some subtle changes in the format had paid off a bit.
A bigger story can be had in Revolution which scored a 3.1 18-49 with 8.2 million tuning in–numbers are roughly flat from the prior week suggesting that the drop-off is almost over. If the series continues to float around the 3.0 18-49 mark, this would be a huge win for NBC which has struggled in scripted dramas for a decade (minus the one good season of Heroes.)
In regards to CBS’s comedy lineup and Hawaii Five-0, that is pretty much flat with exception to the latter. Hawaii Five-0 rebounded to a 2.2 18-49 with 9 million viewers. It was one of the shows we were definitely monitoring as its ratings were a bit worrisome at the start of the season. A word of caution though must be expressed in that these numbers could be inflated due to local NFL coverage so they may change in finals versus the overnights. For those wondering, Partners being flat means a 2.2 18-49, 6.3 million. Since it is a comedy and not an hour-long drama, this could be considered a bubble show for CBS.
ABC is pretty flat with Dancing with the Stars (2.1 18-49, 13.3 million) and Castle (2.2 18-49, 10.6 million.) The funny thing is with the demise of Dancing, Castle has finally beaten its juggernaut lead-in, in the key demographic. Who would have thought that could ever happen a few years ago? That said, it is worth mentioning the broadcaster is not done tweaking Dancing in attempts to revitalize it as they recently announced Paula Abdul would be a guest judge on next week’s program.
Wrapping things up, Fox was flat with Bones (2.0 18-49, 7.1 million) and Mob Doctor (0.9 18-49, 3.5 million.) Expect the cancellation bear to mangle the latter soon.