September 11, 2012 8:58am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Voice' Returns With a Premiere Low, Still Carries Monday
The Voice made its first ever appearance on the fall schedule last night with the premiere of the third season. NBC's flagship competition was down from previous premieres and its most recent Monday average, but up from the last month's worth of Monday broadcasts in the spring. The two-hour episode earned a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49, growing every half hour. That's a 39 percent drop from the Monday after the Super Bowl, a 15 percent dip from its spring Monday average but only a seven percent loss from the recent season finale. In total viewers, The Voice was also Monday's biggest winner, pulling in 12 million viewers.
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A preview episode of The New Normal pulled a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 on NBC, followed by another sampling of the Go On premiere. That earned a 1.8 rating in the demo. For the night, fast national numbers give NBC a 3.4 adults rating and 10 million viewers.
The finales of Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef were both relatively steady for Fox. Each was down just a tenth of a point from their most recent Tuesday episodes, posting 2.5 and 2.6 ratings with adults 18-49, respectively. Season to season, Hell's Kitchen was off from last summer's finale by a tenth of a point, while MasterChef, concluding its strong summer run, was up by two tenths of a point. Fox averaged a 2.5 adults rating and 6.3 million viewers.
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CBS' showing for the night is subject to significant change, with NFL pre-emptions affecting some markets and The US Open Men's Final running over by 15 minutes. As it stands, Andy Murray's win in New York earned a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. Combined with the night's comedy encores, CBS had a 1.4 adults rating and 4.8 million viewers. Univision also pulled a 1.4 rating among adults.
Bachelor Pad was down 35 percent from last summer's finale and seven percent from last week. ABC's two-hour sendoff brought in a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49, giving the network a 1.1 rating among adults and 4.4 million viewers.
A new episode of The L.A. Complex brought in a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 on the CW.