'Voice' up 16 percent over summer's finale
"The Voice" finale Tuesday improved on last season's finale and pushed NBC to an overall ratings win for the night, while Fox's "New Girl" also got a considerable boost from its season-ender, according to preliminary numbers.
NBC came in first in ratings with an average 3.3 rating/9 share in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average 9.2 million. A "Fashion Star" special at 8 p.m. dropped 13 percent in the demo from last week's 10 p.m. airing, hitting a series low of 1.3/4, and had 4.4 million total viewers, which represented a slight increase in total viewership over last week. "The Voice" finale at 9 was up 16 percent in the demo from last summer's finale, taking a 4.3/11 — the night's best ratings performance — and 11.6 million total viewers.
CBS took second place in ratings and first in total viewers with an average 2.7/7 in the demo and 14.4 million. "NCIS" at 8 slipped slightly from last week, hitting a season low of 3.0/9 in the demo. It was the night's most-watched show with 17.8 million total viewers. "NCIS: LA" the following hour ran even in the demo with last week for a 3.0/8 and had 14.5 million total viewers. "Unforgettable" at 10 was up 11 percent in the demo for a 2.0/5, and posted 10.7 million total viewers.
Fox was third in the demo and fourth in total viewers with an average 2.4/7 and 5.5 million. "Glee" at 8 was up slightly in the demo with a 2.6/8 and 6.5 million total viewers. The season finale of "New Girl" the following hour climbed 27 percent in the demo versus last week, taking a 2.8/7 with 5.5 million total viewers. A "New Girl" repeat followed at 9:30.
ABC took fourth place in the demo and third in total viewers with an average 1.8/5 and 8.4 million. The season finale of "Last Man Standing" grew 13 percent in the demo from last week's series low with a 1.7/5 and 6.6 million total viewers. "Cougar Town" at 8:30, which also hit a series low last week, similarly rebounded with a 15 percent boost in the demo for a 1.5/4 and 4.7 million total viewers. "Dancing With the Stars" at 9 inched down to a 2.3/6 in the demo — a series low for results shows — and 13.3 million total viewers. "Private Practice" the following hour, meanwhile, dropped 29 percent in the demo, hitting a series low of 1.5/4 with 6 million total viewers.