Ratings are in from TVBytheNumbers

The rain-delayed and rescheduled Daytona 500 burned up the track and looks to have topped the ratings on Monday night (although just edging NBC in the prelims), but since the ratings below aren’t time zone adjusted, and they cover only the Eastern/Central Time zone primetime portion of the race, we’ll have to wait until the final ratings (likely later today) for the final tally.

NBC’s The Voice dropped 10% to a 5.4 adults 18-49 rating, vs. last week’s 6.0 rating. Smash rose 4% to a 2.4 adults 18-49, vs. a 2.3 rating last week.

The Voice dropped, but it ran against the Daytona 500, which was probably a factor. The Battle Rounds begin next week. The ratings should be good for at least the first couple of weeks.

A 4% rise for “Smash” is not spectacular, but good news nonetheless.

8:00PM

NBC The Voice (8-10p) 5.4 13 14.768
FOX Daytona 500 (8-10p) 4.5 11 14.239
CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.6 10 9.134
ABC The Bachelor (8-10p) 2.6 6 7.983
CW Gossip Girl 0.5 1 1.165

8:30PM

CBS 2 Broke Girls 3.7 9 10.139

9:00PM

CBS Two and a Half Men 3.6 9 11.814
CW Hart Of Dixie 0.5 1 1.399

9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly 2.9 7 10.096

10:00

PM CBS Hawaii Five-0 2.5 6 9.443
NBC Smash 2.4 6 6.856
ABC Castle 2.2 5 9.061

 
  • itsalleternal

    Smash should be very happy there. Rising against the Daytona 500 at the most dramatic moment of the race (the jet dryer explosion) has to be seen as a good sign.

    Definitely, the 500 hurt The Voice, especially in smaller and Southern markets. I would expect it to be adjusted downward in the final ratings, since NASCAR does much better in smaller markets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.i.lin David I-Chen Lin

    YAY SMASH! Loving this show, the episode was simply amazing, and next week’s episode is looking good too!

  • Valentin432

    Good news for Smash that it stabilized.
    The Voice may be coming down a little or the Daytonna 500 took some of their viewers.

  • itsalleternal

    Combination of both. I think it would be 5.7 or so (instead of about 5.1 since I expect a downward adjustment) without Daytona.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    This is not bad for both shows. Good night for NBC against stiff competition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    Im not worried about The Voice.  I think they have established themselves.  I am so happy about Smash.  The show is getting so interesting that I would hate to see it not get picked up again.

  • Kirsten

    I wouldn’t have thought that NASCAR shared a lot of viewers with The Voice. I guess it’s all those Superbowl fans they picked up.

  • itsalleternal

    Do DVRs on later days count towards ratings? Like if they watched the Daytona 500 live, but taped other shows like The Voice?

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    Yay. I am also so happy for Smash. Even if the rise is not spectacular it is good news indeed.
    Now the show is getting really interesting so hopefully it will stabilize or even go up more.
    Next week´s episode looks very exciting. If they continue with episodes like last night´sI think they will do very well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    Maybe there are a lot of houses in the States that only own one tv.  Hubby wants to watch NASCAR so the wife has to miss The Voice

  • Anonymous

    Only if people watch before 3 am.  Nielsen does collect data from those who watch 3 and 7 days later, but these results are mostly used for bragging rights.  Advertisers don’t care about them.

  • http://twitter.com/BIackAdam Theo Adam

    Smash’s viewers are still way below average. If it stays at this level, it will not get renewed for a second season. That being said, it’s  great for it to have a 4% climb.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Not really IMO. It’s actually hard for a show on past 10pm to crack a 3.0 in the demo, so anything in the 2s will usually keep you in the running. 2.5 or better and you are set.

  • Anonymous

    Uh oh, the voice fell below 15 million, which is worse than idol’s numbers last week. Time to hit panic button and revamp the show. Mark Burnett needs to do something FAST. I am shocked.

    ;) ;)

  • http://twitter.com/JessPaquito Jessica Paquito

    Idol goes up against highly rated shows like Modern Family & Survivor. This is the first time this season The Voice has went up against a show that can compete for the ratings.

  • Anonymous

    And TBBT.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that Idol goes against stiff competition. DWTS is coming back very soon against The Voice & it looks like it has a good cast this year with celebrities that are at least known. DWTS still had about 15 million total viewers last season. Although, ratings have been down.

    We will see if The Voice continues to have decreasing ratings once DWTS comes back. If it can hold its ratings against DWTS, then it should have good ratings for the rest of the season.

  • http://www.velvetspark.com Jordan Seltzer

    The Voice is going to have some issues very soon w DWTS coming back. Might actually help Idol.

  • itsalleternal

    The time-specific ratings will be interesting to see. That will tell you best where everyone turned and where audiences come from. If the Daytona 500 had higher ratings in the 10:00 hour (as I believe), then Smash clearly has a different demographic.

  • itsalleternal

    It would be the kids that wanted to watch The Voice. Probably the greatest losses were in the Southern markets.

    Among younger viewers (under 40), it is male-dominated (less so among older viewers but it has a larger following in older demographics in general), and is bigger in many smaller markets (it is not very popular in the non-Southern large markets, but big in most small and mid-sized markets nationwide).

  • itsalleternal

    They should be really happy for Smash. It gained in the face of the most dramatic moment of the race, when you would naturally expect ratings to plunge. They had to have either gained new viewers (since they may have turned viewers out only to have more turn on), or have a niche demographic that is younger and more urban (that is more likely to survive, even on a Friday night).

  • Anonymous

    The Voice is going to have some issues very soon w DWTS coming back. Might actually help Idol.  

    The Voice did very well against DWTS last year.  The biggest difference between the two shows is that The Voice skews a lot younger.  Considering the issues that DWTS had during the Fall season, and since this cast isn’t exactly exciting, I don’t see them hurting The Voice.  Maybe The Voice will falter, if the changes to the Battle Round don’t work.

  • Anonymous

    Do you guys think the voice and smash will be adjusted up or down?

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    DWTS skews pretty old so I don’t think The Voice will take a huge hit, it probably will shave a tiny bit off the demo numbers and have a bigger effect on the overall viewers. I can see it staying the 5s, maybe hitting high 4s once in a while. But you are right, that would be enough to help Idol.

    Still, I think Idol’s fate at this point belongs with the cast. Both shows can have a good year if Idol’s cast puts on a good show over the next 2 weeks.

  • itsalleternal

    The Voice: adjusted down. NASCAR tends to be bigger in smaller markets.

    Smash: neutral, as it seems to have a niche audience.

    CBS’s lineup seemed to have taken a big hit, what were the percentage drops there?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Considering the race was delayed until last night and started at 7pm eastern, I would say that all things considered, the Voice held up pretty well.  It’s good to see the small increase for Smash.

  • Nele621

    Smash has some tough competitors. Hawaii Five O and Castle. I used to watch Castle, but the star is such a bad, bad actress, I couldn’t take it anymore.  I still like Five O even tho my favorite character is no longer on there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    Idol used to be able to hold it’s own against those shows including TBBT.
    It can’t anymore.  The Voice has increased it’s viewers by a few million and Idol has lost millions.  Again I am not worried about The Voice.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    That is absolutely true for the Thursday show, which I don’t expect to change at all since Thursday AIs are results nights, and really only the last 5 minutes matters. LOL.

    It’s the Wednesday edition of AI that is the actual number one show, and while it has taken a hit from last year it is still winning Wednesdays quite comfortably until last week (and it still won then). That is the show that is in competition with The Voice for the number 1 shot. Since the voting starts this week on Idol it’s possibly in the position to rebound, while The Voice is now leaving its most popular segment behind and has new competition ready to start soon, I think it will be a tossup as to who ends up number 1 by seasons end.

    The Voice is have a great year and will continue to do so I think. But I don’t know if its momentum can carry it to number one yet.

  • Anonymous

    The shows have always taken a little out of idol, especially bbt. The Thursday ratings were way lower last year also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    I don’t think anyone is expecting The Voice to take number 1 spot.  One thing it is doing though it is showing the audiences the weaknesses of Idol.  Up until this year Idol was very arrogant about it.  Now they are being forced to stop and think.  The Voice is a different show than Idol.  It is great tv.  The mentors have 10 times the personality that the Idol judges have.  I believe that The Voice will hold their ratings.  More and more people are tuning in and liking what they see.

  • Kylee

    More and more people are tuning in and liking what they see.

    They won’t once we hit the battle rounds….

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think The Voice could make a run for that number one, even if the chance is small. I was just speaking to the idea that Idol was on the decline and The Voice was on is way up so The Voice was going to be able to hold off its competitors unlike Idol. What I’m saying is the Wednesday AI is still slaying all its competitors while The Voice still has a big one to come; plus TV is moving to the rounds that were trouble last go around, so I’m not sure if it really will sustain the momentum it needs to hold or increase its ratings from here. It will do well but I think there is a lot still up in the air with both shows.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MikhailXO

    Really? I expect it to surpass Idol. I think Idol has lost it’s edge and JLo and Randy are mostly to balme. Enough room to blame Nigel as well. As I have expressed before, the country finale last season left a lot of folks bored with Idol and now they aren’t tuning in. 2 boring finales in a row….not good for biz. The judges on the Voice interact more naturally and are more fun. Randy and JLo bore me to tears. They both are really, well…stupid. They regurgitate the same ol crap. I say the Voice overtakes Idol in the next few weeks.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MikhailXO

    true, true.

  • http://twitter.com/kaye88888 kaye bond

    I thought The Voice was fabulous.  When Xtina took the stage with Sera Hill, I thought – would Steven Tyler or JLo do that – answer: never.
    And that is just one of the reasons I like the Voice.   I watch Idol for sentimental reasons only.   The Voice is definitely more entertaining.

    I hope Smash does better for Kat’s sake.   I love her portrayal of Karen.   

  • Anonymous

    but jlo and steven sing along with tons of the auditioners during the audition rounds…. and then there was the whole jam session in hollywood week where steven and randy were singing and playing along with a bunch of the contestants…. so yeah, the AI judges would do that, but only enough to not draw the spotlight away from the contestants.

  • Kylee

    The ratings for The Voice have been dropping every week. I expect it to be even lower later on in the season because of competition with DWTS. The country finale had nothing to do with it. I expect Idol to stay on top of The Voice this year, especially in total viewers. The Voice has only beat it once so far in total viewers(not counting superbowl). I would be agreeing that the Voice would overtake idol this year if the ratings for the Voice were rising each week, but they are dropping each week.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MikhailXO

    Haven’t dropped as much as Idol. I expect Idol to go somewhere below The Voice in ratings.

  • Kylee

    Idol was pretty consistent up until last week. We will see what happens this week.

  • Anonymous

    I live in the South, less than an hour’s drive from the Talladega Speedway and I heard no one – at church, on my facebook, at the theatre (of course) or at work – talk about a race this weekend. I had to read all the comments to determine what you were talking about.

    I think race car driving has just as much of a niche audience as SMASH does. Just totally different kinds of folks.

  • Kylee
  • Anonymous

    So happy for SMASH! I actually turned my tv on to NBC yesterday! I usually just watch the episode later online, but I was home, and I thought “Smash is on! I need to watch it! Even if I don’t pay attention, I can support the show!” (Lol, I was the same way with Platinum Hit)

    And Lol about the whole Idol vs The Voice.  We’ll see what happens once they hit the battle rounds…

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MikhailXO

    That’s your opinion, Kylee—I say last years’ finale soured many an Idol watcher and the current ratings support that possibility. Let’s just see what happens in the coming weeks. Perhaps Idol’s ratings have stabilized…perhaps not. I see them falling below Voice. I don’t know that the bleeding has stopped. Idol is sorely lacking in an area where The Voice is strong–the team of judges.  It all remains to be seen. :) 

  • Anonymous

    I might be making too much of the fact that I can’t abide the Idol judges.  Try as I might, I am compelled to grab remote when they start to talk. I think they have really hurt Idol, and with the glitzy Voice bunch, I would not be surprised if the Voice comes out on top.  Makes me sad because I like how Idol supports the contestants.  Idol has introduced some of my  favorite performers to the world, so I am loyal to it to a degree. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    10:00PM
    NBC
    Smash
    2.3
    6
    6.640

  • http://twitter.com/Justin_J9 Justin

    from what i’ve heard idol has a bad cast this year too

  • Kylee

    Its a great one IMO, way more memorable than the Voice’s.

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t dropped as much as Idol.
    Depends on what you are looking at.  They’ve dropped a lot from the post Super Bowl episode.  Over the course of the whole season, I think the weekly drops have been in line with American Idol’s.