September 25, 2012 8:50am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Dancing' and 'Mother' Return Down, 'Partners' Opens Low, 'Voice' Still Tops Monday
With all of the big four back in originals Monday night, the fall broadcast season has officially started. Increased competition from CBS comedies and ABC's Dancing With the Stars naturally shrunk The Voice's margin of victory, but the show (and a solid second outing of Revolution) still topped among adults 18-49.
Compared to last Monday, NBC's two-hour offering of The Voice was down just 11 percent to a 4.2 adults rating. The show also pulled in 11.9 million viewers, losing its audience crown to Dancing. At 10 p.m, the second outing of Revolution (4.1) retained a healthy ammount of ts record-breaking premiere for a 3.5 rating with adults 18-49 and topped its new competiton in Castle and Hawaii Five-0. For the night, NBC pulled a 4.0 adults rating and 11 million viewers.
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CBS scored a second-place finish in the demo with its slightly retooled Monday. How I Met Your Mother, entering its eight season, was down 28 from last season premiere with a 3.4 rating with adults 18-49. At 8:30 p.m., Partners opened with a mediocre 2.4 adults rating, filling 2 Broke Girls' spot while the Kat Dennings-Beth Behrs up to Two and a Half Men's old slot at 9 p.m. The series, without its unrealistic lead from last year's Ashton Kutcher debut on Men, earned a 3.7 rating in the demo, the strongest showing from a scripted program last night. Mike & Molly was down 38 percent, year over year, at a 3.0 adults rating, while Hawaii Five-0 earned dropped to a 1.9 in the demo. The block averaged a 2.7 rating with 18-49-ers and 8.4 million viewers for the network.
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Dancing With the Stars unleashed its All-Stars season on ABC, down 33 percent with adults under 50 from last fall's opener and likely to dip more when local NFL preemtions are considered. The two-hour premiere pulled a 2.7 rating with 18-49-ers -- but brought in the night's best haul among total viewers, 14.6 million. Castle opened at 10 p.m. with a 2.6 rating among 18-49-ers, a 22 drop from last fall. ABC averaged a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 13.5 million viewers.
Bones was off just a tenth of a point from last week's opener. The episode pulled a 2.2 adults rating, leading into an even softer Mob Doctor. The network's lone drama debut of the fall fell from its lackluster premiere rating (1.5) to a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49. Fox averaged a 1.7 rating in the demo and 5.6 millon viewers.
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Univision averaged a 1.5 rating for the night, while The CW, airing the two-hour season finale of The L.A. Complex, saw the last episode of the summer earn a 0.2 rating with adults 18-49 and average 517,000 viewers.