NBC's "The Voice" and CBS' "Two and a Half Men" tied for first place in the ratings Monday night, though NBC pulled out an overall ratings win, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was the most-watched network.
NBC took first place in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic with an average 3.1 rating/8 share and third in total viewers with 9 million. "The Voice" performance finale at 8 p.m. was up in the demo from last Monday's episode with a 3.7/10, but down 16 percent from last summer's performance finale on June 28. Monday night's episode drew 10.5 million total viewers. "Smash" at 10 ticked up in ratings to a 1.9/5 and had 5.9 million total viewers.
CBS, which last week scored its first Monday night ratings win since "The Voice" premiered in February, came in second in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.9/8 in the demo and 9.6 million. The network posted modest declines across the board, starting with the season finale of "Two Broke Girls" at 8, which slid 11 percent in the demo from last week to hit a series low of 3.2/10, and earned 8.9 million total viewers. "Two and a Half Men" at 9 posted a 3.7/10 in the demo, tying for first with "The Voice," and had 11.3 million total viewers. "Mike & Molly" at 9:30 posted a 3.1/8 in the demo and 10.2 million total viewers, while "Hawaii 5-0" at 10 drew a 2.3/6 in the demo, tying a series low, and 9.2 million total viewers.
ABC took third place in ratings and first in total viewers with an average 2.6/7 in the demo and 14.9 million total viewers. The most-watched status was due largely to "Dancing With the Stars" at 8, which was down slightly in the demo from last week with a 2.6/7 but was the night's most-watched show with 16 million total viewers. The season finale of "Castle" at 10 enjoyed a small demo boost with a 2.5/7, and drew 12.6 million total viewers.
Fox drew fourth place in ratings and total viewers with an average 2.0/6 in the demo and 6.5 million total viewers. "Bones" at 8 was down slightly in the demo with a 1.9/6, and had 6.9 million total viewers. "House" at 9 ran even with last week in the demo for a 2.1/5 and scored 12.6 million total viewers.