TV Ratings: ‘Voice’ leads Monday as ‘Following’ premiere tops ‘Sleepy Hollow’

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 2, 2015.

“The Night Shift” posted week-to-week gains in total viewers to help (a tiny bit) NBC cap off an overall primetime win on Monday, while it was “The Voice” leading the network to its domination among young viewers (where “Night Shift” actually dropped). 

Monday's big notable premiere was FOX's “The Following,” which came in above last week's “Sleepy Hollow” finale, but far below last year's Monday premiere. [“The Following” premiered last year with a post-football Sunday airing. It'd be silly to compare anything to that.] If you want one last “Following” comparison, the Season 3 premiere was almost identical to last April's Season 2 finale. And “Gotham” slipped a little from last week for FOX.

The night saw a small dip for “The Bachelor” with its “Women Tell All” special and a small bump from “Mike & Molly,” CBS' only new program of the night.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 3.0 rating for Monday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was a distant second with a 1.9 key demo rating, followed by the 1.8 key demo rating for FOX. CBS was fourth with a 1.5 key demo rating and The CW's repeats did a 0.2 key demo rating for the night.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 11.63 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/11 share for Monday primetime, far ahead of the 7.83 million viewers and 5.0/8 for CBS. ABC was third with a 4.5/7 and 6.78 million viewers, topping FOX's 5.42 million viewers and 3.4/5. The CW averaged a 0.4/1 and 683,000 viewers for the night.