Chloe Kohanski’s got the voice, but NBC’s “The Voice” probably didn’t get the TV ratings it wanted with Tuesday’s finale.
This season-ending episode slipped 20 percent in ratings from last year — though the decline is at least in part due to the late date. Last night’s “Voice” finale ran one week closer to Christmas than December 2016’s, which almost guaranteed lower tune-in.
And to (continue to) be fair to the NBC singing competition, Tuesday’s live show was up versus the series’ May 23, 2017 season finale — but that’s also just the Fall TV season versus the Spring. Either way, NBC still crushed its primetime competition last night.
NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a recap show, “The Voice” from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. earned a 2.0/8 and 10.8 million viewers.
ABC was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and third in viewers with 3.8 million. An Olaf “Frozen” special at 8 had a 1.0/4 and 4.3 million viewers. At 8:30, “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” landed a 0.9/4 and 3.4 million viewers. “The Year: 2017” filled out the next two hours of primetime with a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers, on average.
CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. CBS was second in total viewers 4.7 million; Fox was fourth with 2 million, airing all repeats.
For CBS, a “Home for the Holidays” special starring Josh Groban at 8 got a 0.6/2 and 5.1 million viewers. Reruns followed.
Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.3 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.1 million.
Airing only a movie, The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 1 million.