For the fifth week in a row, NBC won Monday night in prime time with its ratings juggernaut "The Voice" and its freshman hit "The Blacklist."
The network drew an average of 12.4 million viewers and a rating of 3.8 in the advertiser-desired 18-to-49 age demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
"Blacklist," the FBI drama starring James Spader, held steady with last week's key-demo rating of 3.0 and drew nearly 10.6 million viewers after the two-hour "Voice" lead-in. It's worth pointing out that "Blacklist" has been building significantly on its audience with people watching via DVRs and video on demand. "The Voice," with another round of battles, was the highest-rated telecast of the night with a 4.2 in 18-to-49, down 7% from last week.
CBS' new series "Mom" and "Hostages" were up compared with last week, though the numbers are likely to be adjusted later Tuesday because of NFL preemptions in Minneapolis. Still, based on the preliminary stats, "Mom," the Anna Faris-starring comedy for which CBS ordered a full season last week, grew 20% in 18-to-49 to a rating of 2.4. "Hostages," the fate of which has not been determined, increased 17% to a 1.4.
Earlier on CBS, "How I Met Your Mother" fell a bit to a 2.9, while "Two Broke Girls" was flat from last week.
On ABC, "Dancing With the Stars" and "Castle" both fell double digits week-to-week in 18-to-49.
"Castle," which got a 1.9 and brought in 10.6 million viewers, has a slightly larger total audience than its time-slot competitor "Blacklist," though the NBC show has more pull with those younger adults. ABC is coming close to tying NBC in total viewership with an average audience of 12.3 million.
Fox had a new episode of "Bones," which was up 5% to a 2.1, followed by a rerun of "Sleepy Hollow."
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