More good news for Fox’s Bones, which on Friday was renewed for next season. The crime dramedy solidified its status of Fox’s ultimate utility player with a strong return from a long hiatus in a new time slot. In its Monday 8 PM debut, Bones (2.5/7 in adults 18-49, 8.2 million viewers) was up 4% from its most recent Thursday outing in January, when it was used to launch spinoff The Finder. House (2.2/6) didn’t get much of a bounce in moving back to 9 PM, up a tenth from its last original at 8 PM two weeks ago.
NBC’s The Voice (4.1/11) and ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (2.8/7) continue to cannibalize each other. The Voice was down 9% from last week to a season low, Dancing was down 13% to tie an all-time performance show low. ABC’s Castle (2.2/5) and NBC’s Smash (2.2/5) finished in a tie among adults 18-49. Castle was down two tenths from its fast national last week, Smash was even. Because of overruns from the performance shows that precede them, both dramas will likely be adjusted down in the finals like they were last week. CBS is expected to dominate the night with the NCAA championship game. CBS Sports is yet to release time-adjusted numbers but in the fast nationals, the game is running 7% above last year’s final in 18-49.