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Finale of NBC's 'The Voice' Hits a Sour Note in the Ratings TVbytheNumbers

NBC's solid ratings performer "The Voice" hit a sour note with its season performance finale Monday night, based on Nielsen overnights. TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the two-hour broadcast delivered a 3.3 average in the key 18-49 demo, the show's lowest number ever for a performance finale.

The number was also down two-tenths of a point from last week's program. And NBC's "The Sing-Off" slipped two-tenths from last Monday's program, settling for a 2.2 average in viewers 18-49.

The good news for NBC is that those numbers were still good enough to easily win the night. CBS was the only broadcast net that put up much of a fight, and its top show of the night, "How I Met Your Mother," managed only a 2.7 average in 18-49 -- a season low, and down three-tenths from its most recent original episode.

A number of other key CBS programs were also down, although "Mike & Molly" bucked the trend by rising two-tenths from a week ago to a 2.2 average in the 18-49 demo, while "Hostages" ticked up one-tenth to a 1.2. "2 Broke Girls" was off four-tenths from its previous original with a 2.3, and "Mom" equaled its series low, dipping two-tenths to a 1.9.

ABC and Fox both worked some holiday programming and repeats into their lineups, finishing well off the pace of either NBC or CBS. Fox's original episode of "Almost Human" slipped two-tenths from last week in 18-49, delivering a 1.6, while a repeat of "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" managed only a 0.9 and a re-airing of "Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury" settled for a 0.8.

ABC found itself in a tie with Univision for fourth place for prime time in adults 18-49, with its two-hour "The Great Christmas Light Fight" falling two-tenths from a week ago to a 1.2. Repeats of "Prep & Landing" and "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" both managed only 1.0 averages.

For prime time overall, NBC rolled to a win in the 18-49 demo with a 3.0 average, followed by CBS (1.9 average), Fox (1.2) and ABC and Univision (both 1.1). NBC had a big lead in total viewers, averaging 11.1 million to CBS's 6.6 million, ABC's 4.4 million, Fox's 3.9 million and Univision's 2.8 million.

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