After more than two weeks of semi-shutdown of the broadcast networks for Olympics coverage, they’re all opening for business today. NBC, which carried the Sochi games, led the way with the season premiere of The Voice. It posted a 4.7 in adults 18-49, even with the fast national for the show’s spring premiere last year. NBC’s The Blacklist logged a 3.2 in adults 18-49, off a tenth from its most recent telecast with The Voice as a lead-in, the fall finale on Dec. 2. Naturally, the drama outperformed significantly its January outings without The Voice, up 24% from its most recent original a month ago on Jan. 27. NBC easily won the night in 18-49 (4.2) and total viewers (14.3 million).
CBS’ comedy block returned to originals after a two-week break to lower numbers. How I Met Your Mother (3.6), which is marching towards its series finale, dipped 5% from the last fresh episode on Feb. 3, but is likely to close the gap in the finals, and ranked as the No.1 scripted show on Monday. It also was the top program of the night in adults 18-34 with a 3.6, beating The Voice. The other CBS comedies fared worse: Two Broke Girls (2.5) was down 17%, Mike & Molly (2.1) was down 22% and Mom (1.9) was down 21%. No post-Olympics bump for drama Intelligence (1.2), which matched its result from last week when it had no original lead-in and faced the games on NBC.
Fox’s male skewing dramas Almost Human (1.6) and The Following (1.6) both dipped a tenth in their first face-off with The Voice vs. their last airing against the Olympics last Monday, with The Following hitting another series low. But ABC’s female lineup perked up not having to face the Olympics, which also skew female. The Bachelor (2.4, 8.1 million) was up 9% in 18-49 to hit a three-week high, since the Monday before the Olympics. Castle (1.7) was up 12% from last week when it aired against the games. The CW’s Star Crossed (0.3) was down a tenth from its premiere.