Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Finale Dips 12 Percent From Last Year Versus Stiff GOP Debate Competition

NBC singing contest welcomes Justin Bieber, loses just 2 percent of total viewers

Last Updated: December 16, 2015 @ 9:47 AM

NBC’s “The Voice” season finale slid 12 percent from last year in the key 18-49 demographic, though it faced very stiff competition Tuesday from CNN’s GOP Debate. With performances from Justin Bieber and Coldplay, the reality series dipped just 2 percent in total viewers year over year.

As a matter of fact, “The Voice” generated a nine-month viewership high in the time slot last night. In the demo, “The Voice” equaled its May season finale. The singing contest was actually up 9 percent in total viewers versus that most recent season-ender.

NBC easily topped Tuesday in the main demographic, but was just barely beaten by CBS among total viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.5 rating/8 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 11.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 8, “The Voice” recap show posted a 1.8/6 and 8.5 million viewers. Hour 1 of the actual finale at 9 earned a 2.8/9 and 12.1 million viewers. The final hour at 10 scored a 3.0/10 and 13.1 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.7/5 and in viewers with 11.4 million. At 8, “NCIS” had a 2.1/7 and 15.4 million viewers. At 9, “NCIS: New Orleans” got a 1.6/5 and 12 million viewers. “Limitless” at 10 received a 1.3/4 and 6.6 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 3.1 million, re-airing holidays specials and a “Shark Tank” repeat.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 2 million.

Telemundo was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.7 million.

Fox was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million, airing just reruns.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 875,000, also airing only repeats.