9:16am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Maya Rudolph Show' Makes Solid Entry, 'Bachelorette' Holds Steady in Return
NBC may be mulling a bit more variety in its schedule this morning. The Maya Rudolph Show, the first one-hour variety special from the Saturday Night Live alum, made a solid debut at 10 p.m. on Monday.
With an average 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers, the special followed a steady outing of The Voice (3.1 adults). The latter saw no noticeable lift in its penultimate episode, down 16 percent from the performance finale last spring. NBC still easily took the night with a 2.8 demo rating, but falling shy of ABC in total viewers with 10.1 million.
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Over on ABC, Dancing With the Stars (2.5 adults) improved two-tenths of a point in the first night of its own finale. The Bachelorette (1.9 adults) was flat with last year's premiere. ABC earned most-watched status for the night with 11 million viewers and averaged a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49.
On Fox, Bones (1.6 adults) held steady in its finale, while 24: Live Another Day (1.7 adults) fell another three-tenths of a point in its third episode.
CBS only had a few originals in the game, with Friends With Better Lives (1.6 adults) and Mike & Molly (1.9 adults) both holding steady with last week.