8:34am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Ellen's Game of Games' Comes in Strong After 'The Voice'
Maybe more reality is the way for NBC to go after The Voice.
Monday's preview of Ellen DeGeneres' Game of Games scored the time slot's best non-sports ratings (and best retention) in over a year, bowing with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.4 million viewers. It easily topped the night's other 10 o'clock offerings and shed only 15 percent of its lead-in. (The Voice powered toward its finale with an average 2.0 rating in the key demo and 10.9 million viewers.)
Game of Games, a primetime spin on the daytime host's many on-air activities, officially premieres Jan. 2. Its freshman season will run on Tuesdays.
NBC's competition for the night was relatively modest. CBS offered up new episodes of its usual Monday block — Kevin Can Wait (1.1 adults), Man With a Plan (0.9 adults), Superior Donuts (0.8 adults), 9JKL (0.7 adults) and Scorpion (0.8 adults). On ABC, back-to-back episodes of The Great Christmas Light Fight each earned a 1.0 rating in the key demo before a year in review special got a 0.9 rating.
The CW aired specials, which gave the network a modest 0.1 rating among adults 18-49 in primetime.