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NBC’s ‘Voice’ posts best finale yet

Net wins Tuesday in demos; CBS strong with 'NCIS' duo

NBC won Tuesday’s ratings race in key demos behind the best finale scores to date for “The Voice.” CBS held tough, and dominated in total viewers, thanks to its “NCIS” duo.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, a recap of “The Voice” performance episode of the previous night did a second-place 2.4/7 in 18-49 and 8.1 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour. It was followed by the two-hour season finale (4.9/13 in 18-49, 14.0 million viewers overall), which was up 8% in 18-49 and 18% in total viewers over the show’s most recent season-ender in May and the best of any of the show’s three editions to date.

It peaked with a 5.2/14 in the demo and 14.6 million viewers overall in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour when 22-year-old Cassadee Pope from Los Angeles was revealed as the winning singer.

For the night, NBC dominated in demos, beating runner-up CBS by 54% in 18-49 (4.0 vs. 2.6) and by 36% in adults 25-54 (4.9 vs. 3.6). And its strength extended to latenight, where “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” earned a 3.5 household rating/9 share in the overnights for its best Tuesday score since President Obama visited in October 2011.

Elsewhere in primetime, CBS saw its “NCIS” duo bounce back nicely from their season lows of last week, with “NCIS” (3.3/10 in 18-49, 19.4 million viewers overall) winning the 8 o’clock hour and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 15.4 million viewers overall) running second in demos to “The Voice” at 9; both “NCIS” shows led their hours in total viewers Also in the runner-up slot for CBS was 10 p.m. drama “Vegas” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall), which was up a tick from last week.

ABC opened with a second airing this holiday season of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), followed by slight week-to-week gains for original episodes of comedies “Happy Endings” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall). And at 10, “Private Practice” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) held steady opposite the “Voice” finale.

Fox rolled over on the night, generating meager results for repeats of “Raising Hope” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), “Ben & Kate” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall), “New Girl” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall).

Univision had a strong night, pulling ahead of both ABC and Fox behind novelas “Por Ella Soy Eva” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “Amores Verdaderos” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and “Amor Bravio” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall).

CW aired an encore of “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.0/11; CBS, 2.6/7; Univision, 1.6/4; ABC, 1.4/4; Fox, 0.8/2; CW, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.9 million; NBC, 12.1 million; ABC, 4.2 million; Univision, 3.8 million; Fox, 1.9 million; CW, 1.4 million.

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