The Voice drew 11.9 million total viewers and a 4.2 demo rating, dipping just about 10 percent week-to-week while facing a lot more competition. Likewise, Revolution (with 9.3 mil and a 3.5) dropped just 15 percent in the demo with heavy hitters Castle and Hawaii Five-0 now in the mix.
In fact, Revolution bested Hawaii Five-0‘s Season 3 opener in both measures, which at 8 mil/1.9 was down 34 and 44 percent from its year-ago premiere. (Five-0 was also down sharply from its Season 2 finale (11.4 mil/2.7).) And a fun fact: Revolution in its first week saw the biggest Live+3 DVR gains of any series premiere ever, rising 1.36 points to a 5.45. So there’s that.
Helping The Voice‘s cause was a depressed debut for Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars (14.6 mil/2.7), which was down 32 percent in the demo year over year and down 23 percent from the launch of the series’ spring 2012 cycle.
Elsewhere on the busy, busy night:
* CBS’ 2 Broke Girls christened its new, later time slot with 10 million total viewers and a 3.7 demo rating, building on its freshman finale as well as improving on Two and a Half Men‘s last demo delivery. But versus the regularly scheduled year-ago premiere, the Girls were down 20 percent.
* The news was not quite as good for CBS’ other comedies year-over-year, as How I Met Your Mother (8.7 mil/3.4) dropped 21 and 28 percent and Mike & Molly (9.3 mil/3.0), sans its Men lead-in, fell more than 30 percent. Partners, meanwhile, debuted to 6.5 mil and a 2.4 at 8:30, delivering just 75 percent retention out of HIMYM (and thus comprising CBS’ 9 o’clock hour laffers).
* Over on Fox, Bones held steady with 7.34 mil and a 2,2, while The Mob Doctor‘s vitals worsened, dropping 22 and 13 percent to 4 mil/1.3.
* In the 10 o’clock hour, Castle (11.4 mil/2.5) was down 14 and 22 percent from its Season 4 opener, yet led in total viewers (and trailed far behind Revolution in the demo).