NBC continued its Monday winning streak, thanks to The Voice generating another near-American Idol-sized rating.
The Voice (15.8 million viewers, 5.8 adults 18-49 rating) won all four of its half hours, its numbers climbing throughout, and was down just a sliver overall from last week’s episode. The Voice has held up impressively since its post-Super Bowl return, though another test comes once the show finishes its popular audition rounds.
As for NBC’s new musical drama Smash (6.5 million, 2.3), the show fell 18 percent and was overtaken by CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 (10.2 million, 2.8) in the 10 p.m. hour, perking up 4 percent this week. Smash has gone from a 3.8 premiere rating to 2.8 last week to last night’s 2.3 — not a fun trajectory for a network. ABC’s Castle (9.7 million, 2.1) — which has often won this time period — was in third place.
Another freshman midseason drama, Fox’s Alcatraz (6 million, 1.8), dipped a tenth, falling from its House (7 million, 2.5) lead-in.
Let’s see, what else? After last week’s mysterious scary broadcast declines, CBS’ comedy block posted gains pretty much across the board: HIMYM (3.8), 2 Broke Girls (4.0) and Two/Men (4.1) were up, with Mike & Molly (3.4) flat. Men rose 5 percent, by the way, so I guess Charlie Sheen saying Ashton Kutcher sucks last week didn’t hurt ‘em. ABC’s The Bachelor (2.5) was steady. The CW’s Gossip Girl (0.5) and Hart of Dixie (0.6) did not improve.
‘The Voice’ recap: The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me
‘Smash’ recap: Batter Up
‘Alcatraz’ recap: An Inmate’s Chemical Romance
‘How I Met Your Mother’ recap: Box Full o’ Bets
‘The Bachelor’ recap: Father Knows Best?