TV ratings: NBC wins Monday with 'The Voice' and 'Blacklist'

TV ratings: NBC wins Monday with 'The Voice' and 'Blacklist'
James Spader, left, and Marc Damon Johnson in "The Blacklist." (Nicole Rivelli / NBC)

James Spader and wannabe pop stars ruled Monday night for NBC, even though "The Voice" fell week-to-week, according to early numbers from Nielsen.

"The Voice" earned a 2.9 among 18- to 49-year-old viewers, down 14% from last week. Monday's episode, on which the top 12 contestants faced off, drew 11 million viewers overall. The NBC FBI drama "The Blacklist," starring Spader, earned a 2.8 at 10 p.m., nearly matching its big singing contest lead-in and holding steady with its most recent original episode.  

"The Voice" and "The Blacklist" were the night's No. 1 and 2 shows, respectively, among key young adults.

ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was Monday's most watched show (13.5 million viewers) and fell a bit to a 2.1 in 18-49, while the drama "Castle" matched its last original with a 1.8. 

CBS' comedies were generally down, starting with a series low of 2.1 in 18-49 from "2 Broke Girls." "Friends With Better Lives" fell 6% to a 1.7, and "Mike & Molly" lost 10% for a 1.9. 

Fox's "Bones" and "The Following" maintained their status quos at a 1.4 each. 


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