NBC wins night in demos; 'NCIS' duo strong for CBS

NBC captured the second Tuesday of the May sweep in key demos behind the two-hour finale of ”The Voice,” which posted the show’s best score since late March. Also wrapping was Fox’s ”New Girl,” which rallied from its spring slump to match its highest rating in two months.

”Unforgettable” on CBS and ”Last Man Standing” on ABC upticked in their season-enders. At the other end of the night, though, ABC saw ”Private Practice” take a tumble opposite a pair of finales. NBC won the night in 18-49 and 25-54, but CBS came within a tick in the latter while dominating in total viewers.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the second-season finale of ”The Voice” (4.3 rating/11 share in adults 18-49, 11.6 million viewers overall) grew nearly 40% from its results show hour of last week for a season high on the night, while topping all of the show’s Monday scores since March 25. It was also up 16% from its first-season finale, which aired for an hour on a Wednesday last summer. Also for NBC, ”Fashion Star” remained a ratings laggard (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) as it moved to 8 o’clock to make room for the expanded ”Voice” finale.

Elsewhere, CBS remained potent from 8 to 10 p.m. with ”NCIS” (3.0/9 in 18-49, 17.8 million viewers overall) and ”NCIS: Los Angeles” (3.0/8 in 18-49, 14.5 million viewers overall), with the former winning the 8 o’clock hour and ruling as the night’s most-watched show overall and the latter again retaining nearly all of its demo lead-in. And at 10, ”Unforgettable” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 10.7 million viewers overall) grew 10% week to week as it wrapped its season; the show remains on the bubble for next season.

At Fox, ”Glee” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) edged up week to week, placing second in the 8 o’clock hour in most categories and winning as usual among persons 12-34 (2.5/9). It was followed by ”New Girl” (2.8/7 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall), whose season finale grew by more than 25% from its season low of last week; it placed third in 18-49 for the 9 o’clock half-hour but matched its best demo score in nine weeks. A ”New Girl” repeat then followed at 9:30 (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

ABC’s Tim Allen comedy ”Last Man Standing” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) finished third among young adults in the 8 o’clock half-hour, but grew 13% from its season low of last week. It was followed by ”Cougar Town” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), also up week to week, and the ”Dancing With the Stars” results show (2.3/6 in 18-49, 13.3 million viewers overall), which was on the low side and roughly on par with last week. Not so hot at 10 p.m. was ”Private Practice” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall), which followed two strong performances with a third-place finish opposite the finales of ”Voice” and ”Unforgettable.”

CW aired ”90210” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and ”The L.A. Complex” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall), with both matching their demo scores of last week while adding more total viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.3/9; CBS, 2.7/7; Fox, 2.4/7; ABC, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.4/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.4 million; NBC, 9.2 million; ABC, 8.4 million; Fox, 5.5 million; Univision, 3.6 million; CW, 1.0 million.

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