‘Voice’ Finale Dips But NBC Still Leads Monday

The first half of the winter finale for NBC’s “The Voice” was down slightly from last year’s numbers but still strong enough to allow NBC to dominate the Monday competition.

According to preliminary Nielsens, “Voice” garnered 2.9 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic and 12.2 million viewers from 8-10 p.m. That’s down a few ticks from the comparable night last year (3.3/9, 12.7 mil) although NBC is projecting that the show will reach its year-ago mark in the live-plus-3 ratings.

At 10 p.m., “State of Affairs” (1.6/5, 6.5 mil) was in line with its performance of the past two weeks, and NBC was quick to note that the show has been adding significant numbers in the L3 and L7 measures.

CBS put up the only real competition of the night with 8 p.m. comedy “2 Broke Girls” (2.1/7, 7.8 mil) delivering the second-highest demo number of the night.

At 9 p.m., frosh drama “Scorpion” (2.0/6, 9.9 mil) had a respectable yield against “Voice” finale, at 10 p.m.’s “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5, 9.5 mil) tied “State of Affairs” in the demo and easily topped it in viewers against ABC’s “Castle” rerun (1.1/4, 5.2 mil).

All things considered, ABC didn’t do too badly with the latest two-hour installment of its holiday-themed reality show “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (1.5/4, 6 mil), which was up year-to-year by double-digits.

Kudos for country crooners weren’t much of a draw for Fox and its 8-10 p.m. “American Country Countdown Awards” telecast (0.9/3, 3.4 mil).

CW served up originals of “Hart of Dixie” (0.4/1, 1.2 mil) and “Jane the Virgin” (0.6/2, 1.3 mil) which may have seen the tiniest bump from last week’s Golden Globe nominations buzz as its 18-49 number inched up two-tenths from its season average.

In other ratings tidbits, HBO reported that 1.6 million viewers tuned in live for Sunday’s finale of “The Newsroom.” The show garnered 1.9 million viewers across all Sunday airings. For the season, the Aaron Sorkin drama is averaging about 5 million viewers a week across all platforms.

Monday nightly averages, 18-49: NBC (2.4/7), CBS (1.8/6), ABC (1.4/4), Fox (0.9/3), CW (0.5/1).

Monday nightly averages, total viewers: NBC (10.3 mil), CBS (9.1 mil), ABC (5.7 mil), Fox (3.4 mil), CW (1.2 mil).

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