One night after the performance finale of NBC’s generally strong performer "The Voice" stumbled in the ratings — delivering the show’s lowest number ever for a performance finale, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo — Tuesday’s season finale also hit a sour note.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that the two-hour finale settled for a 3.9 average rating in 18-49, well below both the 4.9 turned in by last fall’s finale and the 4.4 for last spring’s finale. The number was up, however, from a 3.1 for last week’s show.
Still, as it did Monday, NBC was able to win Tuesday night’s prime-time battle with its broadcast rivals in the key demo. The network’s "The Biggest Loser" did its part, ticking up one-tenth from last week to a 2.0, and NBC’s overall 3.3 average for prime time gave it a comfortable lead over second-place CBS.
CBS saw much of its drama lineup turn in steady numbers. "NCIS" led the way despite slipping one-tenth from a week ago in the 18-49 demo, delivering a 2.8 average, and "NCIS: Los Angeles" held steady with a 2.4. But "Person of Interest" fell three-tenths to tie its series low, a 1.9.
ABC and Fox relied heavily on repeats — an all-repeat lineup in Fox’s case — and slipped below Univision to tie for fourth place in viewers 18-49. ABC’s only fresh program was "What Would You Do?" at 10 p.m., which managed only a 0.7, off two-tenths from a week ago.
For prime time overall, NBC’s 3.3 average was easily enough to win adults 18-49, ahead of CBS (2.4 average), Univision (1.1), and ABC and Fox (both 0.8). CBS, however, surged ahead in total viewers, winning the night with an average of 15.6 million to lead NBC (11.5 million), with the others well off the pace: Univision (2.9 million), ABC (2.8 million) and Fox (1.8 million).