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Competition Finales Lose Ground; New Fox Series Opens to Low Numbers TVbytheNumbers

The season finales for two broadcast competition franchises showed year-to-year erosion Tuesday night, while a new Fox series had a soft turnout for its premiere, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the finale of NBC's "The Voice" was down sharply from a year ago, delivering a 3.3 average in viewers 18-49, off from a 4.4 for the spring finale last year. The two-hour program did climb significantly from last week, when it hit a series low with a 2.6.

ABC's two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" also saw a smaller turnout for its finale, falling three-tenths of a point from a year ago and registering a 2.4 average in 18-49.

Both NBC and ABC led in to their reality finales with related programming. NBC's "The Voice" recap delivered a 1.9 average, while ABC's "Dancing" recap registered a 1.6.

Meanwhile, Fox's premiere of "I Wanna Marry Harry" managed only a 0.7 average at 9 p.m. in the 18-49 demo, leading out from "American Idol," which pulled a 1.7.

CBS had an off night and wound up in fifth place behind Univision. The network's hour special "Judge Judy Primetime" at 8 p.m. and the two-hour "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" at 9 p.m. both delivered 0.9 averages in adults 18-49.

For prime time overall, NBC wound up on top with a 2.8 average in the 18-49 demo, followed by ABC (2.1 average), Fox (1.2), Univision (1.0) and CBS (0.9). ABC was No. 1 in total viewers with 13.7 million, ahead of NBC (10.2 million), CBS (4.9 million), Fox (4.3 million) and Univision (2.4 million).

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