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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Rises With Performance Finale Monday, But is Down From Fall

Network's new music series 'The Winner Is..." gains in second week; ABC's originals decline

NBC cruised to victory behind the performance finale of “The Voice,” though the music competition series was down from its fall finale. And in its second week, the net’s new singing show, “The Winner Is…” edged up in advance of its move to Thursday next month.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the two-hour performances finale of “The Voice” averaged a 3.5 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall, up 6% week to week. When the finals come in this afternoon, “The Voice” figures to be at either a 3.7 or 3.8 in the demo, which would put it in line with both its rookie-season finale in June 2011 (3.7) and its year-ago spring finale (3.8), which faced tough May sweep competition.

What is clear is that “The Voice” will finish behind its most recent edition in the fall, when its performance finale averaged a 4.2/11 in 18-49 and 13.4 million viewers overall. For the 2012-13 broadcast season that ended last month, “The Voice” ranked third among all series in 18-49 — behind only “Sunday Night Football” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Following “The Voice” on Monday was the second of two preview episodes of “The Winner Is…” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall), which gained a bit from last week in both the demo and total viewers.

ABC seemed to be impacted by the stronger NBC numbers Monday, as “The Bachelorette” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) and “Mistresses” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) were each down two-tenths to hit lows. The dating show should rebound next week as the Peacock switches from “The Voice” to hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals.

Fox was also low with its comedy lineup of a repeat “Raising Hope” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall), a new “Goodwin Games” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), a repeat “New Girl” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and an encore of FX original “Anger Management” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall).

CBS. whose new drama “Under the Dome” bows next Monday, aired all repeats last night: “How I Met Your Mother” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), a special “Mike & Molly” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” in its regular time period (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall). Closing the night was a repeat “Hawaii Five-O” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which will be airing on Fridays in the fall.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.0/9; ABC and Univision, 1.5/4; CBS, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2; Fox, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 10.5 million; ABC, 4.9 million; CBS, 4.1 million; Univision, 3.8 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million; Fox, 1.5 million; CW, 0.6 million.

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