Producers of new CBS comedy series Partners probably wish the network made a back order decision on their show last week when the freshman sitcom was the only Monday CBS series to post ratings gains vs. its most recent airing. Because last night, Partners (1.8/5) was the only member of the CBS Monday lineup in negative territory — down 14% from last week for a series low. In comparison, How I Met Your Mother (3.0/8) and Mike & Molly (3.0/7) were each up 7%, while 2 Broke Girls (3.2/8) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.0/5) were flat.
NBC extended its Monday winning streak among adults 18-49 to 10 consecutive weeks. The network topped every half-hour of primetime last night in the demo, and The Voice once again ranked as the No. 1 program of the night. But both NBC series were down week-to-week, extending a downward trend over the last couple of weeks. Night 1 of semifinals for Voice (4.3/11) was down 4% from last week, while heavily DVR-ed Revolution (2.6/7) was down 7% to a series low in Live+Same Day. On the bright side, The Voice has now moved ahead of last spring’s cycle, which had a big Super Bowl-fueled start. The last two editions of the singing competition were up from the corresponding episodes last season.
Fox’s Bones (1.9/5) and Mob Doctor (0.9/2) were both down a tenth from last week. Fast nationals for ABC may be inflated because of NFL pre-emptions in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. With that in mind, Dancing With The Stars (2.2/5) was up 5% from last week, while Castle (2.1/5) was up 11%. ABC won the night in total viewers.
In a domino effect from the NFL coverage by the ABC station in Kansas City, the CW station in the market carried Dancing With The Stars last night, leading to a likely rating inflation for the network’s Monday lineup of 90210 (1.24 million, 0.8/2 in 18-34, 0.6/2 in 18-49) and Gossip Girl (808,000, 0.4/1 in 18-49). 90210 is currently posting season highs in total viewers and 18-34, up 40% in 18-34 and 50% in 18-49 from last week, and while its ratings may be adjusted down in the finals, the network projects that 90210‘s season-high mark will hold. Gossip Girl is up 22% in total viewers and 33% in 18-49.