Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Tops ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in Battle of Reality Show Finales

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In a battle of reality show finales, NBC’s “The Voice” got the best of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in key demos on Tuesday, with both shows down noticeably from last year and again paying the price of head-to-head combat.

Impacting the ratings for last night’s reality show finales was another strong delivery for the NBA Western Conference finals on TNT, with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s victory over the Golden State Warriors netting a 6.8 overnight household rating. This was the best NBA rating this postseason, edging out Game 1 of this series (6.7), which ended up averaging a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.7 million total viewers.

Looking at Tuesday’s broadcast action, NBC’s “The Voice” averaged a 2.1 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 (likely to rise to a 2.2 in the finals) and 10.3 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., down more than 20% from last spring’s season-ender but standing as Tuesday’s top broadcast in all key demos as well as total viewers. It followed a special hourlong recap (1.4/5 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall) of the previous night’s performance finale.


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At ABC, “Dancing With the Stars” averaged a 1.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 10.3 million viewers overall, down 30% from last year’s finale. Leading into the reality show, “Fresh Off the Boat” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “The Real O’Neals” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) were up a tick from last week in their finales. (A year ago, “Dancing” had a stronger 1.9 demo lead-in from a special episode of “The Bachelorette”).

CBS aired a “Big Brother”-themed edition of “The Price Is Right” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), down a little from the previous night’s “Survivor”-themed hour. It was followed by original episodes of drama “Person of Interest” at both 9 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and 10 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall).


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Fox’s unscripted combo of “Hotel Hell” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) and “Coupled” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) was an afterthought for viewers on a night of the big “Voice” and “Dancing” finales. “Coupled” at least managed to maintain its premiere score of last week.

And at CW, the season finale of “The Flash” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) was No. 1 among the broadcasters in men 18-34 (1.4/7), men 18-49 (1.4/6) and adults 18-34 (1.1/5); its averages also figure to go up in the finals since they do not include the final two minutes of the episode (9-9:02). “Containment” held steady behind it (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall).


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  1. Jim Awe says:

    Thanks for the spoiler picture you frickin’ jerks…

  2. The Flash should have ended PERMANENTLY last night says:

    The Flash sucked, bigtime. The writers should be fired, all of them, and Kreisberg too.
    What was a fun, whimsical show, in its first season, has morphed into a nightmare of morbid confusion.
    No need for more of the same in season three.

    The only thing missing was Supergirl soaring in to save the day and make passionate love to Barry after she knocked Zoom out with one punch.

    The “love thing” is probably coming……….

  3. INSTANT KARMA says:

    Wow, Mr. KISSEL!. Did DANCING WITH THE STARS get slaughtered this week or what!?! As soon as Wayna got booted off in the semifinals, the ratings absolutely tanked : 1. Monday’s final performance show was the lowest rated ever! (1.9) demo rating. 2. Monday’s total viewer number make it the least watched final performance show in the history of DWTS. 3. Apparently, fans disliked Monday’s performance show so much that they didn’t even bother to tune in to the finale, which is the lowest rated and least watched finale in DWTS history! 4. Tuesday’s viewer numbers dropped from Monday’s 12 million plus total to just 10 million viewers last night. How do you lose 2 million viewers from the performance night to championship night? 5. What created the demo crash? From a record low but competitive 1.9 Monday to a record low slaughtering of 1.6 Tuesday. LOL!!!! Clearly and emphatically, the viewers let ABC know that they were not pleased with this year’s subpar grouping of finalists. And I won’t even begin to talk about the pathetic praising of Ginger Zeeland by the judges everyweek.

    • macd says:

      The reason why viewers deserted DWTS in droves is easily explained by the absence of the show’s true “star”–the Emmy-winning, superbly talented Derek Hough, who left the show to star in Harvey Weinstein’s forthcoming Broadway production of “Singin’ in the Rain”. Congratulations to Mr. Hough, and condolences to ABC.

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