NBC's "The Voice" dipped to a new series low excluding recap episodes on Tuesday night, and Game 3 of the NBA Finals, while down from last year, took the night's top numbers and propelled ABC to a win in the key demographic, according to preliminary numbers.
Though ABC's numbers are approximate due to the nature of live sports, the network currently holds first place in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic with a 4.0 rating/12 share and second place in total viewers, behind NBC, with 10 million. The game between Miami and San Antonio was off 13 percent from last year's Game 3, drawing the night's best numbers with a 4.9/14 and 12 million total viewers.
Prior to the game ABC aired "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night," which was up 26 percent in the demo with a 2.4/8 and drew 6.4 million total viewers; and "NBA '13 Finals Pre-Game," which dropped 12 percent from last year's comparable broadcast with a 2.3/7 and had 5.8 million total viewers. Adjusted numbers for the network will be issued later Wednesday.
NBC was second in ratings and first in total viewers with a 2.9/9 and 11 million. "The Voice" at 8 p.m. dropped off 13 percent from last week for a 2.7/9, its lowest performance in the demo excluding recaps, and had 10.3 million total viewers. "America's Got Talent" at 9 held essentially even with last week's season premiere, dipping just 3 percent to a 3.0/8 and taking 11.5 million total viewers.
Fox drew third in ratings and fourth in total viewers, with "So You Think You Can Dance" — which filled the network's primetime slate — dipping to a 1.6/5 and drawing 4.2 million total viewers, which was also off slightly from last week.
Univision was fourth in ratings and fifth in total viewers with a 1.1/3 and 3 million.
CBS, which took fifth in ratings and third in total viewers with a 0.9/3 and 6.5 million, aired repeats aside from "Brooklyn D.A." at 10, which dropped 14 percent from last week for a 0.6/2 and had 3.7 million total viewers.