The battle of reality TV saw a steady result for both NBC and ABC’s Monday offerings last night. In the final round of its Knockouts, The Voice (3.2/10) had contestants singing and fighting to get those precious slots on Team Adam, Team Pharrell, Team Blake and Team Christina heading into the live shows. There, of course, was a steal, but it wasn’t in the ratings. Compared with last week, last night’s two-hour Voice slipped 6% among adults 18-49 to hit a Monday season low for the show. Still, The Voice was the highest-rated show of the night. Viewershipwise, the Mark Burnett-produced show was the second-most watched show of Monday’s primetime. It dipped 4% from its March 23 episode to 11.67 million. Still, even with a 13% demo decline for The Night Shift (91.3/4), NBC was the top-rated network Monday night with a 2.5/8.
As Season 8 of the NBC singing show moved into a new phase heading toward its finale later this spring, Season 20 of Dancing With The Stars (2.1/6) kicked up its third-week heels with a Latin theme. There was, of course, a team eliminated, and there was one judge who declared the routine with a glittering-bodysuited Rumer Willis and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy the official start of “Monday Night Fever.” With a distinct homage to Willis’ mother Demi Moore’s Striptease pic, that new beginning had some positive results for DWTS as the show bopped up 5% from its March 23 episode to tie its season premiere. The most watched show of the night, DWTS was down a small 2% from last week to 13.55 million. That lead-in gave Castle (1.5/5) a 7% lift over its airing last week among the demo. Among viewers, ABC was tops for the third Monday in a row with 11.81 million watching last night. As is common, results for both The Voice and DWTS could see adjustment in the final ratings.
Fox’s only original of the night was The Following (1.1/3) at 9 PM. The Kevin Bacon starrer slipped 8% from last week to match a series low in preliminary numbers.
Ratings gravity had its way with CBS’ schedule on Monday with everyone stumbling. Comedies 2 Broke Girls (1.8/6) and Mike & Molly (1.86) both slipped 5% from their March 23 airings. Freshman Scorpion (1.9/6) may have been the third-most watched show of the night with a 9 PM audience of 9.2 million, but among the 18-49s the drama fell 10% from last week to hit a low in fast nationals. With a 6% dip, NCIS: Los Angeles (1.5/6) tumbled into a series low, though we could see an adjustment there too.
The CW was all repeats with The Originals (0.2/1) and Jane The Virgin (0.1/0).