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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., Feb. 24) -- The Voice hits more high notes but The Blacklist falters

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NBC’s return of The Voice dominated prime-time Monday as the network TV terrain returned to normal after 18 nights of the Winter Games.

The Voice drew 404,774 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m., which is a bigger haul than any of the Peacock’s last three nights of Olympics coverage. CBS’ sitcom lineup ran second while ABC’s The Bachelor finished third and Fox lagged in fourth.

ABC vaulted to first place in the 9 p.m. hour with Castle. Its 298,255 viewers knocked off NBC’s competing return of The Blacklist (262,748 viewers).

Among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, The Voice easily controlled the first two hours and Castle again prevailed over The Blacklist at 9 p.m. The Big Four broadcast networks all offered first-run programming down the backstretch of the February “sweeps” ratings period, which ends after Wednesday’s Nielsen numbers are in.

In post- prime time hours, the debut of Seth Meyers’ NBC Late Night program cruised to a first-place finish with 99,418 total viewers and 71,647 in the 18-to-49 demographic. CBS’ competing Craig Ferguson show was basically nowhere to be found. It drew 7,101 total viewers, with 6,513 in the 18-to-49 age range.

Jimmy Fallon’s NBC Tonight Show also stayed strong, beginning its second week by again routing Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman. Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Fallon had more than five times the audience of ABC’s runner-up Kimmel. The score was a rather stunning 87,931 viewers to 16,284.

The Dallas Mavericks’ buzzer-beating win over the New York Knicks, courtesy of Dirk Nowitzki’s bounce-around winning jumper, managed just 63,912 total viewers on Fox Sports Southwest. That’s surprisingly low given the playoff-contending team’s solid play of late.

Here are Monday’s local news derby results:

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m., but NBC5 won among 25-to-54-year-olds, the main advertiser target audience for news programming.

Fox4 once again swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added a 5 p.m. gold with 25-to-54-year-olds.

WFAA8 had the most total viewers at 5 p.m. NBC5 and CBS11 tied for the top spot in total viewers at 6 p.m., with the Peacock alone in first with 25-to-54-year-olds.

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