‘The Voice’ Ratings Start Out Strong on Monday Alongside ‘NCIS’

by Joe Rutland

Fans of “The Voice” were watching its season premiere on Monday night. It notches a win in its demo, but “NCIS” takes the overall victory.

TVLine offers Outsiders the scoop on how these shows did.

“The Voice,” with Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Ariana Grande making her debut with the coaches, had 7.2 million viewers. It scored a 1.1 rating for the night.

All four coaches opened up Monday’s show, which was dedicated to Blind Auditions for performers, doing songs in front of the audience and viewers at home.

The show always opens by dedicating the first two nights to these auditions, so tune in tonight (Tuesday night) for a second part.

‘The Voice’ Coaches Performed Two Classic Soul Numbers For Opening Night

Shelton and Legend tore the house down by covering Sam & Dave’s great number, “Hold On I’m Coming.”

Grande and Kelly Clarkson showed their respect to “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, by singing, what else, “Respect.”

“NCIS” moved from Tuesday nights to Monday for its 19th season. CBS didn’t know if the audience would come along, but Monday’s numbers speak for themselves.

The CBS crime drama, starring Mark Harmon, David McCallum, and Sean Murray, had 8.5 million viewers. It scored a 0.7 rating in the demo. Its fans were wondering what happened to Jethro Gibbs, played by Harmon, after seeing him swim away from his boat that exploded.

‘NCIS’ Had Monster Numbers, Led Into Debut Of ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ On Monday

Would that viewership carry over to the premiere of “NCIS: Hawai’i” with Vanessa Lachey? Let’s look at the numbers.

For its debut episode, “NCIS: Hawai’i” totaled 6.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating. CBS will take that and look to build upon the success of both shows.

Outsiders, this will be one TV night to watch throughout the season. “The Voice” and “NCIS” are strong shows for their respective networks. It’ll be interesting to see which show ends up on top.

“Dancing With The Stars” also debuted its new season on ABC. It finished second in the demo with a 0.9 rating and pulled in 5.5 million viewers.

With “NCIS: Hawai’i” making its series debut on Monday night, how did that episode fare against other “NCIS” shows and their debuts?

Well, there are some interesting notes from the new series. There are some spoilers here for those who have not seen the Monday night opener, so fair warning.

Lachey, who plays Special Agent-in-Charge Jane Tennant, and Kai Holman, played by Alex Tarrant, go out in search of a crime ring leader and get him. What they did, though, to nab the dude was take a flying leap into the Pacific Ocean waters…off a cliff.