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TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' Still Loud; NCIS Duo Up; 'The Good Wife' 25% Better; 'Breaking In' Sinks

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Scoreboard NBC CBS ABC FOX Uni CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 3.4/9 3.2/8 2.7/7 2.6/7 1.6/4 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.8/8 1.7/5 1.6/5 2.7/8 1.6/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.950 15.301 13.871 6.594 3.841 1.340

Led by The Voice, NBC won the night with adults 18-49 and CBS was tops with total viewers.  The Voice was down 4% but still easily the night's top program with a 4.5  adults 18-49 rating.  Earlier in the night The Biggest Loser was up 8% from last week to 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.

At CBS everything was higher, and NCIS was up 9%  from last week to a 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. That's 15% higher than last year's season finale.  NCIS: LA was up 13% from last week to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating 19% higher than last spring's finale on 5/25/10.  The now renewed The Good Wife was up 25% versus last week and versus last year's finale to a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On Fox, Glee was off 5% versus last week to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, though recent trends suggest it will tick up a tenth in the final.  Raising Hope was up ten percent from last week to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, but without American Idol, Breaking In tumbled all the way down to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. Fox notes that's 8% better than last week's Traffic Light. Traffic Light is canceled, and sorry Breaking In fans, so is Breaking In.

On ABC Dancing with the Stars Freestyle special at 8p was up 14% from last week's recap to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. The results show was up 3% to a 3.5   adults 18-49 rating.  Body Of Proof's season finale was up 5% to a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

The series finale of Hellcats scored a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, May 10, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCIS (Season Finale) 3.8/11 18.09
FOX Glee 3.5/10 8.76
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.8/8 6.99
ABC Dancing with the Stars Freestyle Special 2.4/7 13.42
CW One Tree Hill (Season Finale) 0.7/2 1.52
9:00 ABC Dancing with the Stars Results 3.5/9 17.72
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles (Season Finale) 3.2/8 15.37
NBC The Biggest Loser 3.1/8 7.57
FOX Raising Hope (Season Finale) 2.2/6 5.53
CW Hellcats (Series Finale) 0.5/1 1.16
9:30 FOX Breaking In (Season Finale) 1.4/3 3.32
10:00 NBC The Voice 4.5/11 9.87
CBS The Good Wife (Season Finale) 2.5/6 12.44
ABC Body Of Proof (Season Finale) 2.2/5 10.48

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:
• In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.0/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.7/9; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5 with an encore.

• In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.8/3; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.

• At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.5/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).

• At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 with an encore in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All national ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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