‘Voice,’ ‘NCIS’ Top Tuesday; ‘Splash’ Blown Out of Water

'Grimm' captures its new timeslot in adults 18-49 as NBC wins all six of the night's half-hours

The Voice Ratings
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NBC swept Tuesday in key demos behind winning performances by “The Voice” and “Grimm” on its new night, while CBS vet “NCIS” was again easily the most-watched program overall. ABC was all wet, though, as the finale of diving show “Splash” couldn’t excite audiences.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “The Voice” averaged a 3.6 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall as it again extended to two hours on a Tuesday in a bid to lift the net as much as possible in the May sweep. It will finish down a bit from last week, to a low for the current cycle, but won all four half-hours in 18-49 and three of four in adults 25-54.

And capping the night for NBC was “Grimm” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), which was in line with its debut showing on Tuesday last week; the show hasn’t done a higher 18-49 score since Oct. 26 (on a Friday). And for the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour, it was NBC’s best result with a regular program since “Parenthood” in December.

At CBS, “NCIS” (2.9/9 in 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall) was off slightly from last week but stood as Tuesday’s No. 2 program in adults 18-49 and 25-54. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (2.4/6 in 18-49, 13.0 million viewers overall) bounced back some from its low of last week, placing second in demos and first in total viewers. At 10, though, “Golden Boy” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall) ran third among the Big Three in all key demos.

Fox’s lineup of “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), “New Girl” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) were close to last week’s demo levels, with the comedies up in total viewers.  “Mindy” has retained less of its “New Girl” lead-in than usual the past two weeks opposite the special competition from “The Voice.”

ABC mercifully put an end to “Splash” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), which was up slightly from last week but remained well behind the competition. It was followed by the “Dancing With the Stars” results show (1.7/4 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall), which was up from its low of last week, and “Body of Proof” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), which was the most-watched series in the 10 o’clock hour.

And CW’s “Hart of Dixie” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) wrapped its season on par with the previous week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 3.0/9; CBS, 2.2/6; Fox, 1.8/5; Univision, 1.5/4; ABC, 1.3/4; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.4 million; NBC, 9.4 million; ABC, 7.7 million; Fox, 4.0 million; Univision, 3.8 million; CW, 0.9 million.