By James Hibberd
Updated December 03, 2013 at 04:17 PM EST

One more time, NBC’s The Blacklist is proving its hit status. The freshman action-procedural surged in the ratings for its fall finale, climbing to its best adult demo number since its series premiere back in September.

The Blacklist delivered 12.3 million viewers and a 3.5 rating among adults 18-49, up 17 percent from last week. The series tied its lead-in, The Voice‘s live Top 6 Performances, to top the night. Even given the strong and fairly seady Voice lead-in, and ABC airing a country music special instead of Castle, this is pretty impressive. There’s not another freshman drama on the schedule that’s pulling numbers in December that are anywhere close to their first episode (except perhaps The CW’s much more modestly rated The Originals and Reign). NBC plans to return The Blacklist in early January, more on those plans.

As for the rest of the Monday night crew, pretty much everybody was on par with their previous episodes, if not down a tad. Most notably: Fox’s Almost Human was down 11 percent — and was beaten by ABC’s A Charlie Brown Christmas repeat. Full chart:

NET/TIME/SHOW

18-49 RATING

TOTAL VIEWERS

FOX

8-9P

ALMOST HUMAN

1.7

5,798

9-10P

SLEEPY HOLLOW

R

0.9

3,104

5

ABC

8-9P

CHARLIE BROWN

RS

1.9

7,091

9-11P

CMA-XMAS-

S

1.5

7,349

CBS

8:00P

HW I-MOTHR-

2.9

7,913

8:30P

2BROKE GRL-

2.7

8,352

9:00P

MIKE&MOLLY-

2.4

8,569

9:30P

MOM-

2.1

7,626

10-11P

HOSTAGES-

1.1

4,458

NBC

8-10P

VOICE-

3.5

12,397

10-11P

BLACKLIST-

3.5

12,257

CW

8-10P

IT-MUPPT

RS

0.4

1,119

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