Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Tops ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in Big Battle of Season Finales

And that includes a total-viewer victory, by the way

Last Updated: May 25, 2016 @ 4:28 PM

“The Voice” and “Dancing With the Stars” both crowned their champions on Tuesday night, but it was the NBC reality competition that truly won the evening.

The singing show bested the dancing one in all key measures — including total viewers, which ABC’s offering usually has a leg up on. “The Voice” scored a 2.1 rating/7 share in the key 18-49 demographic, compared to a 1.6/5 for “DWTS.” The matchup was much closer among overall audience members, as NBC’s finale topped ABC’s version, 10.396 million to 10.295 million.

Averaged across primetime, NBC finished the entire evening in first place outright.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.9 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. A “Voice” recap show at 8 p.m. ET posted a 1.4/5 and 7.5 million viewers. The season finale followed from 9 to 11 p.m.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 8.4 million. The “Fresh Off the Boat” season finale at 8 p.m. ET had a 1.2/5 and 4.9 million viewers. At 8:30, the “Real O’Neals” finale got a 1.0/4 and 4.2 million viewers. “DWTS” followed for 120 minutes.

CBS and the CW tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.9/3. CBS was third in total viewers with 5.5 million, CW was fourth with 2.4 million.

For CBS, “The Price Is Right” primetime special at 8 p.m. ET received a 1.1/4 and 6.4 million viewers. “Person of Interest” at 9 put up a 0.9/3 and 5.3 million viewers. A second hour at 10 had a 0.9/3 and 4.9 million viewers.

For the CW, “The Flash” finale at 8 p.m. ET got a 1.2/5 and 3.3 million viewers. At 9, “Containment” managed a 0.5/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and sixth in viewers with 1.86 million.

Fox and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. Fox was fifth in total viewers with 1.91 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.4 million.

For Fox, the 8 o’clock “Hotel Hell” premiere had a 0.8/3 and 2.5 million viewers. “Coupled” at 9 got a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers.

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