In 2003-04, NBC's last truly dominant season, the network had a strong Monday lineup with some unscripted properties and new drama Las Vegas. Then, after a couple years of erosion, it was one of the few nights that NBC was really able to rejuvenate during the network's declining years, riding strong new drama Heroes. As Heroes got softer and then went away, things got very lean on the night for a few years. But Monday became better than ever starting in 2012 when it became the permanent home of very strong reality series The Voice.
|2001-02||The Weakest Link||Third Watch||Crossing Jordan||103|
|2002-03||Fear Factor||Third Watch||Crossing Jordan||111|
|2003-04||Fear Factor||Las Vegas||Average Joe||143|
|2004-05||Fear Factor||Las Vegas||LAX||101|
|2006-07||Deal or No Deal||Heroes||Studio 60||122|
|2008-09||Chuck||Heroes||My Own Worst Enemy||89|
|2009-10||Heroes||Trauma||The Jay Leno Show||65|
|2011-12||The Sing-Off||The Playboy Club||63|
|2012-13||The Voice Fall||Revolution||179|
|2013-14||The Voice Fall||The Blacklist||193|
|2014-15||The Voice Fall||The Blacklist||186|
2014-15 Update: The Voice was down both in fall and spring, but the rate of decline isn't alarming and certainly nothing like what Fox has experienced with American Idol. The real Monday issue for NBC was what happened at 10/9c after The Blacklist headed to Thursday; November newbie State of Affairs (74) and the summer import The Night Shift (77) both struggled. They're certainly hoping their latest thriller Blindspot will be closer to Blacklist territory.
Notable midseason replacements:
- Season one of Medium filled in for the second half of the 2004-05 season, averaging a 135. The show then returned to its old Monday 10/9c slot for midseason duty in 2007-08 (95) and 2008-09 (80).
- During the 2007-08 writers' strike, NBC had a particularly respectable unscripted lineup with Deal or No Deal (108) and American Gladiators (128).
- The Voice's first Monday run came in 2011-12 (204), when it paired with newbie Smash (96) starting in February.