TV ratings: 'The Voice' returns to solid numbers, 'Blacklist' and 'Bachelor' rise Monday

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voice-s6-premiere-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

The Season 6 premiere of "The Voice" delivered strong ratings for NBC Monday, dipping a little in adults 18-49 from its fall debut but holding steady with last spring's opener. It also scored its best total-viewer numbers since the post-Super Bowl episode of 2012.

"The Voice's" return also gave a boost to "The Blacklist," which had its best outing since its fall finale in December.

The return of everyone's regular lineup made for a decent night for the networks all-around: "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Bachelor" were both up from their most recent originals, and The CW's "Star-Crossed" held onto most of its premiere audience. FOX's "Almost Human" and "The Following" were more or less even with last week.

NBC's 14.25 million viewers and 8.4 rating/13 share in households led the night by a wide margin. ABC (8.3 million, 5.5/9) came in second, beating out CBS (7.2 million, 4.6/7). FOX came in fourth with 5.1 million viewers and a 3.2/5. The CW drew 844,000 people and a 0.6/1.

In the 18-49 demographic, NBC's 4.2 rating nearly doubled the 2.2 of second-place ABC. CBS posted a 2.1, followed by FOX, 1.6, and The CW, 0.3.

Monday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

NBC:
"The Voice" season premiere (14.8 million viewers, 8.8/13 households)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" (9.25 million, 5.5/8)/"2 Broke Girls" (7.9 million, 5.0/8)
ABC: "The Bachelor" (8.1 million, 5.4/8)
FOX: "Almost Human" (5.7 million, 3.5/5)
The CW: "Star-Crossed" (1.1 million, 0.7/1)

18-49 leader: "The Voice" (4.2)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"The Voice" season premiere (16.7 million, 9.7/14)
ABC: "The Bachelor" (8.15 million, 5.3/8)
CBS: "Mike & Molly" (8.1 million, 5.2/8)/"Mom" (7.2 million, 4.7/7)
FOX: "The Following" (4.6 million, 2.9/4)
The CW: "Beauty and the Beast" rerun (565,000, 0.4/1)

18-49 leader: "The Voice" (5.1)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"The Blacklist" (11.3 million, 6.9/11)
ABC: "Castle" (8.7 million, 5.8/10)
CBS: "Intelligence" (5.35 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: "The Blacklist" (3.1)

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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Photo/Video credit: NBC