It is not a pretty picture looking at the fast national ratings this morning, with most of them painted in red — indicating week-to-week declines. The only show in the plus column was NBC’s The Voice (4.5/11), up 6% from its fast national last Monday. The Voice is about to face its biggest test next as its traditionally highly rated blind audition rounds are now over. Its lead-out last night, Revolution (3.2/8), was once again the dominant player at 10 PM but shed another 9% from last week’s fast national as it is yet to level off. However, the futuristic drama quickly established itself as a top DVR gainer, adding a 1.75 18-49 rating in Live+3 last week.
It’s time to sound the alarm for Fox’s freshman drama The Mob Doctor, which dropped to a 1.0/2 in its third airing. It matched the delivery of Fox’s fall 2010 drama Lone Star in its second and final outing before the network pulled it from the schedule. At 8 PM, Bones (2.1/6) was down 9% from last week.
ABC’s Dancing With The Stars‘ downspiral continued with a 2.0/5, down 20% from last week’s meek season premiere for the franchise’s lowest-rated regular telecast ever. At 10 PM, Castle (1.9/5) was down 24% from its fast national last week as the crime drama regularly is adjusted down in the finals. ABC (2.0/5 in 18-49, 11.6 million total viewers) still edged NBC for the No. 1 Monday spot in total viewers. NBC (4.0/10, 11 million) won in adults 18-49 by a wide margin.
In the 10 PM hour, Castle matched the performance of CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, which was even with the fast national for its underwhelming season premiere last Monday. CBS’ comedies were all down, with rookie Partners (2.1/5) falling the most, down 13% from its lackluster series premiere last week; a call on substitute Rules Of Engagement may not be far down the line. How I Met Your Mother was down 6% from its fast national last week, 2 Broke Girls (3.4/8) was down 8% and Mike & Molly was down 6%.