There hasn’t been much of a good ratings news for the broadcast networks since the switch of daylight savings time. It was another night of wide-spread declines as staying flat seems to be the new up. After an encouraging return to the schedule last week, Fox’s Bones (2.1/6 in adults 18-49) fell 16% in its second airing on Monday. House (2.0/5) was down 13%.
NBC’s The Voice (3.9/11) extended its streak of declines to five consecutive weeks, going back to the second week of battle rounds. Last night, the singing competition dropped another 5% week-to-week to a new Monday season low but still ranked as the highest-rated program of the night in 18-49. Smash (2.1/5) was down a tenth from its fast national last week (flat with the final) and will likely be adjusted down again to a season low. NBC (3.3/9, 8.9 million) finished No.1 for the night in 18-49, edging CBS (3.1/8, 9.5 million).
ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (2.9/8) was actually up a tenth from its fast national, flat with the final, and will likely finish in positive territory with an upward adjustment this afternoon. ABC (2.4/6, 13 million), which aired a Scandal rerun at 10 PM, won the night in total viewers. CBS’ Monday lineup was back in originals after two weeks of repeats/NCAA basketball per-epmtion. Most series were even with the fast nationals for their most recent originals: How I Met Your Mother (3.4/10), 2 Broke Girls (3.4/9), Mike & Molly (3.2/8) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.6/7). (Three weeks ago, Mother and Girls were adjusted up in the finals, Mike & Molly and Hawaii were adjusted down). The only CBS series to post a decline vs. its fast national 3 weeks ago was Monday tentpole Two And A Half Men (3.5/9), down 8% to a series low. The CW’s Gossip Girl and Hart Of Dixie held steady.