8:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Voice' Returns Even With Fall Premiere, 'Night Shift' Is Steady
The Voice staged a strong return on Monday night. And though there will be talk of its year-over-year drop, 15 percent in the key demo, it did manage to sustain its premiere scores from its most recent fall season.
With an average 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers, The Voice (which featured the return of original judge Christina Aguilera) was even slightly improved among total viewers for the most recent cycle. It led into the second season of The Night Shift, moving out of its summer slot. The show was steady with its series debut, averaging a 1.5 rating in the key demo.
Increased competition from NBC did not stall The Bachelor. The ABC series was steady with a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49, as was Castle (1.7 adults).
On CBS, 2 Broke Girls (2.1 adults) was steady before Mike & Molly (2.0 adults) took a two-tenths dip. Scorpion (2.1 adults), also steady, led into an even NCIS: Los Angeles (1.7 adults).
Gotham earned a steady 2.2 rating with adults 18-49 before Sleepy Hollow signed off of its second season with a 1.4 rating in the key demo. The latter has been recouping viewers in DVR, but it's drops from its strong freshman year have been significant.
The CW aired special The World Dog Awards to the tune of a 0.4 rating in with adults 18-49.