Awards season is over, for now, and The X-Files is gone, for now likely, but primetime was full of returning faces last night with the Season 10 debut of The Voice (3.4/11) and the end of the winter break for Blindspot (1.8/6) and Gotham (1.5/5)
Dipping just 6% among adults 18-49 from its November 30 fall finale, Fox’s Batman backstory series was pretty much in line with its Season 2 average. It’s worth noting that for its first season, Gotham came back far faster and higher with a 2.5/8 result on January 5 last year – with an obviously far shorter break. With no X-Files event series last night and its first time with Gotham as a lead-in, Lucifer (1.3/4) fell 13% from its February 22 show. In early results, that’s new low for the struggling freshman WBTV series about the devil in L.A.
With a knockout audition by long-ago Curly Sue star Alisan Porter and the return of Christina Aguilera, The Voice was easily the top-rated and most-watched (13.24 million) show of what was a winning Monday for NBC. Having said that, last night’s Season 10 premiere looks to be the lowest season start the Mark Burnett-produced series has had. Down 6% from its Season 9 opener in September, The Voice dropped 17% from its Season 8 debut of February 23 last year, which had been heavily promoted on NBC’s broadcast of the Super Bowl a few weeks before. The uptick for the net, and they are proud of it, is that last night’s Season 10 opener was up 17% in the key demo from its Season 9 finale of December 15. Also, keep in mind that last night’s result for The Voice could change in the final numbers, as it commonly does.
The return of the Blindspot, which really has been NBC’s breakout show this season so far, did not have such rising news. Back after a 14-week break, the Jaimie Alexander-starring drama slipped 5% from its fall finale. While steady with its last episode, that is a low for Blindspot in fast affiliates. Overall NBC won the night in both the demo and total viewers with a 2.8/9 rating and an audience of 11.10 million.
No change for The Bachelor (2.5/8) or Castle (1.1/4) from last week, with the former matching its season high. Also staying even was Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (0.3/1), which had a killer soundtrack BTW, and Jane The Virgin (0.3/1)
Facing the two-hour season debut of The Voice, Supergirl (1.4/5) and Scorpion (1.5/5) each declined a tenth from last week. NCIS: Los Angeles (1.2/4) also took a dip, down 8% from its February 22 show.
And with that, have a Super Tuesday.