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October 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Judging just from the overnight ratings, you’d hardly know there had been a vicious storm, or that power had gone out to millions of homes with TV sets, or that the CBS station in San Francisco had preempted network programming to simulcast ESPN’s telecast of Monday Night Football. Most of the numbers seemed comparable to what they would have been without such disruptions, leading longtime ratings trackers to warn not to put too much stock in them; more than likely the air will be let out of them when final figures are released. As usual for a Monday night this season, NBC’s The Voice was the clear winner among the 18-49 age group, while ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was the winner among total adults. Fox, CBS, and the CW all went with reruns, figuring that many of their affiliates on the East Coast would preempt their programs to air local storm coverage. The Voice and Dancing went head-to-head against one another for two hours, with The Voice nabbing a 5.0 rating and a 12 share in the 18-49 category, versus a 2.7/6 for Dancing. Among total adults, Dancing drew 13.54 million viewers while The Voice attracted 12.84 million. At 10:00 p.m.the two NBC and ABC dramas also displayed role reversals. NBC’s Revolution claimed the younger viewer demo with a 3.1/8 to ABC’s Castle‘s 2.7/7. But Castle was the clear winner among total adults, capturing 11.95 million viewers versus 8.39 million for Revolution. A CBS special, Super Storm Sandy, anchored by Scott Pelley, drew 7.97 million viewers.