Here's a sentence you don't read very often: NBC was the most-watched
network last night. Following the huge Super Bowl, NBC kept the momentum
going with the second episode of The Voice
averaging 17.7 million
viewers during its two hours, easily winning the time slot. That was
followed by the series premiere of Smash
, watched by 11.5 million
viewers, easily beating its competition.
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The numbers for Smash
are especially impressive considering it debuted against new episodes of Castle
and Hawaii Five-0
. It even managed to beat the series premiere of Harry's Law
, which launched in the same time slot one year ago and had 11.1 million viewers.Smash
is actually the highest-rated scripted series premiere for NBC since 2006 with Heroes
. The network was certainly banking on Smash
being a hit, and it looks like NBC might be on the right track.
The ratings for The Voice
are big, but it will be interesting to see how the show does in March when it has to compete against Dancing with the Stars
. The huge ratings for NBC (nearly triple most recent weeks) didn't have much of an impact on ABC's The Bachelor
, The CW's dramas or CBS' comedies, but the one network that did suffer was FOX.
Going up against The Voice
were both down more than 1.5 million viewers each from one week ago. It's bad enough for FOX that The Voice
is stealing some of American Idol's thunder, but to hit the network's ratings Monday nights is doubly painful.
Here 8pmThe Voice
: 16.1 millionHow I Met Your Mother
and 2 Broke Girls
: 10 million and 11.4 millionThe Bachelor
: 8.1 millionHouse
: 7.2 millionGossip Girl
: 1.3 million9pmThe Voice
: 19.3 millionTwo and a Half Men
and Mike and Molly
: 12.9 million and 11 millionThe Bachelor
: 8.4 millionAlcatraz
: 6.8 millionHart of Dixie
: 1.5 million10pmSmash
11.5 millionHawaii Five-0
: 9.8 millionCastle
: 8.7 million(Image courtesy of NBC)