NBC’s The Voice opened Season 6 with 15.7 million total viewers and a 4.7 rating (per finals), dipping 8 percent in the demo from its Cycle 5 opener but up 15 percent and a tenth versus its year-ago premiere.
The Blacklist in turn drew 11.3 mil and a 3.1 rating, up sharply from its last fresh, Voice-free outing and on par with its most recent performance leading out of the well-watched singing show (11.7 mil/3.2).
CBS’ sitcoms for the most part returned from their Winter Olympics-induced hiatus to a chilly reception. How I Met Your Mother, with 9.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, was only down 5 percent in the demo, but 2 Broke Girls (7.9 mil/2.5), Mike & Molly (8.1 mil/2.1) and Mom (7.2 mil/1.9) dropped 17, 22 and 21 percent in the demo, respectively. Intelligence (5.4 mil/1.2) shed some viewers but was steady in the demo.
ABC’s The Bachelor (8.1 mil/2.5) rose 5 percent and three tenths, while Castle (8.7 mil/1.7) gained 12 percent in audience but matched last week’s series-low demo.
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Fox’s Almost Human (5.7 mil/1.6) added some eyeballs but ticked down in the demo, while The Following (4.6/1.6) was down 12 percent and a tenth, hitting a new demo low.
The CW’s Star-Crossed (1.1 mil/0.3) was down 15 percent and a tenth from its debut.
Ratings for the season premiere of Dallas, which is what we call a “cable” series, won’t be in until much later, reported under separate cover.