February 21, 2012 8:50am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NBC Wins With 'The Voice,' But 'Hawaii Five-0' Overtakes 'Smash'
The increasingly competitive Monday race saw mild shake-ups last night, though NBC remained the top performer among adults 18-49 and total viewers for the third week running.
Driven by The Voice, down two tenths of a point for a 5.8 among adults 18-49, fast affiliate ratings give the network a 4.6 in the demo for the night and 12.6 million viewers. Smash faltered a bit, losing its top time slot spot in the demo to CBS' Hawaii Five-0. The freshman drama's third episode pulled in a 2.3, down half of a point from last week, but still delivering the network's third strongest showing in the time period since Sept. 20.
CBS rebounded from last week's season lows. The network delivered a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.99 million viewers. How I Met Your Mother (3.8), 2 Broke Girls (4.0), Two and a Half Men (4.1) and Hawaii Five-0 (2.8) were all up among 18-49-ers, while Mike and Molly was flat with a 3.4.
On ABC, The Bachelor held onto last week's 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and Castle grabbed another tenth of a point for a 2.1 in the demo. The network averaged a 2.4 in adults and 8.6 million viewers.
House hit a 2.3 in adults 18-49 for Fox. The exiting drama was down a tenth of a point from the previous week, as was Alcatraz. The freshman series slipped to its lowest score yet, bringing in a 1.8 in 18-49-ers. The network averaged a 2.1 in the demo and 6.5 million for the night.
Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie maintained their previous showings among adults 18-49, scoring a respective 0.5 and 0.6 in the demo. Altogether the CW pulled in a 0.5 for the night and 1.24 million.