TV Ratings: ‘The Voice’ helps NBC hold off Monday’s ‘Bachelor’ finale

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 9, 2015.

“The Voice” built up a big enough lead in the first two hours of primetime for NBC to still win Monday in most measures despite another weak performance from “The Night Shift.”

Three hours of finale action for “The Bachelor” had ABC in a close second in the key demo, though ABC dominated in the 18-34 demo and also won easily among women 18-49.

And the combination of “Scorpion” and “NCSI: Los Angeles” put CBS in second overall for the night.

Meanwhile, without a new “Gotham” for support, the season's second episode of “The Following” plummeted to sub-“Sleepy Hollow” levels.

Let's get to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.9 rating for Monday night, edging out ABC's 2.7 rating in the key demographic. CBS was well back in third with a 1.9 key demo rating, followed by FOX's 0.9 key demo rating and the 0.5 key demo rating for The CW.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 10.945 million viewers and a 6.6 rating/11  share for Monday night. CBS averaged 9.82 million viewers and a 6.0/10, followed closely by ABC's 9.57 million viewers and 6.3/10. There was a huge drop to FOX's 2.99 million viewers and 1.9/3 and to The CW's 1.325 million viewers and 0.8/1.

8 p.m. – NBC's “The Voice” started primetime in first with 13.2 million viewers and a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49 for the 8 p.m. hour. ABC's “The Bachelor” finale averaged 9.24 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating in its opening hour, topping CBS' “2 Broke Girls” (8.31 million and a 2.0 key demo) and “Mike & Molly” (8.78 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo). FOX's “Gotham” repeat averaged 2.53 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating, topping the 1.36 million viewers and 0.5 key demo rating for The CW's “The Originals.”

9 p.m. – “The Voice” rose to 13.83 million viewers and 3.8 rating among adults 18-49 to lead the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' “Scorpion” moved up to second overall with 10.43 million viewers, finishing third with a 2.0 key demo rating. ABC's “The Bachelor” ticked up to 9.81 million viewers for third and a 2.9 key demo rating for second. FOX's “The Following” fell to 3.45 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating, ahead of the 1.29 million viewers and 0.5 key demo rating for The CW's “Jane the Virgin.”

10 p.m. – “NCIS: Los Angeles” won the 10 p.m. hour with 10.47 million viewers and put CBS in second with a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “After the Final Rose” special averaged 9.66 million viewers and an hour-winning 2.7 key demo rating. And NBC's “The Night Shift” averaged 5.8 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating in third.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.