"The Voice" also beat its competitors in the key age bracket by hefty margins: 104 percent better than ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," 88 percent bigger than CBS' comedy slate and 124 percent better than the Fox drama duo "Bones" and "The Following."
And the singing competition grew steadily throughout its two-hour broadcast, which meant viewers liked what they saw - including the two added stars.
At 10:01 p.m., the return of "Revolution" finished first in its time slot among 18- to 49-year-olds (although about 3.4 million shy of time-slot front-runner "Castle" on ABC with all viewers).
But all was not perfect happiness at NBC.
"The Voice," while attracting 13.4 million viewers, was down 30 percent compared with last spring's time-period premiere demographically, and Monday's showing was its lowest-rated spring premiere ever in the age bracket. On the other hand, it was the first time "The Voice" launched its spring edition after having had a fall edition. "The Voice" aired in the spring of '11 and in spring of '12.
And Fox wants you to know that Monday night's "The Voice" premiere came in more than 4 million viewers shy of the "American Idol" Season 12 premiere a few weeks back and 22 percent smaller than "Idol" among 18- to 49-year-olds. "The Voice" also scored 33 percent fewer teenagers than the "Idol" kickoff did.
The rating for "Revolution" in the key age bracket was 7 percent smaller than its most recent original episode, in November, and 34 percent smaller than fall's much-ballyhooed premiere.
Even so, it did nearly 70 percent better than NBC's average in that hour on Mondays last season, NBC noted.
To get the real skinny on "Revolution," we'll have to wait to see how many people watch the return up to seven days later. "Revolution" is one of the most highly time-shifted shows on TV, growing an average of 62 percent in the fourth quarter, when "Live plus seven days" viewing is factored in.