TV ratings: 'The Sing-Off' returns to a higher note Monday, 'Christmas Light Fight' has decent start

sing-off-ratings-dec-9-13.JPGFast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

"The Sing-Off" returned to NBC Monday to higher ratings than its last time out, rising half a point in adults 18-49 from its 2011 premiere (when it aired as a weekly series rather than a two-week strip). It didn't hurt that it had "The Voice," which was steady in the 18-49 demo and up in viewers vs. last week, as a lead-in.

Elsewhere Monday, the premiere of ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" drew decent ratings, improving on the debut of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" last year. "Almost Human" ticked up for FOX, but CBS' "Mike & Molly" fell as rest of the network's comedy block was in reruns.

NBC averaged 9.9 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/9 share in households in primetime, easily beating ABC (6.5 million, 3.9/6) for the top spot. FOX (6.25 million, 3.9/6) came in third. CBS took fourth with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.5/5) The CW (918,000, 0.6/1) trailed with a night of specials.

NBC also ruled the 18-49 demo with a 2.8 rating. FOX finished second with a 2.0, followed by ABC with a 1.6. CBS posted a 1.3 and The CW a 0.3.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
"The Voice" (12.85 million viewers, 7.9/12 households)
ABC: Special - "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (6.4 million, 3.7/6)
FOX: "Almost Human" (6 million, 3.9/6)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (4.7 million, 3.1/5)/"2 Broke Girls" rerun (4.8 million, 3.2/5)
The CW: Specials - "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" (1.3 million, 0.8/1)/"Merry Madagascar" (1.2 million, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: "The Voice" (3.4)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"The Sing-Off" season premiere (9.3 million, 5.7/8)
ABC: "The Great Christmas Light Fight" series premiere (6.62 million, 3.9/6)
CBS: "Mike & Molly" (7.6 million, 4.9/7)/"Mom" rerun (5.5 million, 3.7/5)
FOX: "Sleepy Hollow" (6.5 million, 3.9/6)
The CW: Special - "iHeartRadio One Direction Album Release Party" (629,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "The Sing-Off" (2.7)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"The Sing-Off" season premiere (7.4 million, 4.6/7)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (6.5 million, 4.1/7)
CBS: "Hostages" (4.7 million, 3.2/5)

18-49 leader: "The Sing-Off" (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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