TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Voice' Finale Down From Last Year + 'Person of Interest' Hits Low

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December 18th, 2013

The Voice - Season 5

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.3/10 2.4/7 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.5/8 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.538 15.599 2.893 2.829 1.793 0.937


NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49, but CBS led with total viewers.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a 2.0, up a tenth from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. The Voice finale earned a 3.9, up from last week's 3.1 adults 18-49 rating but a far cry from the 4.9 that last fall's finale earned (and the 4.4 adults 18-49 rating that last spring's finale earned).

On CBS, NCIS scored a 2.8, down a tenth from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. NCIS Los Angeles matched last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating . Person of Interest garnered a series low tying 1.9, down three tenths from its last original's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating three weeks ago.

On ABC, What Would You Do? scored a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, December 17, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCIS 2.8 9 19.41
NBC The Biggest Loser 2.0 6 6.99
FOX Dads -R 1.0 3 2.41
ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-R 0.8 2 3.19
CW The Originals -R 0.3 1 0.94
8:30PM FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine -R 0.7 2 1.86
9:00 PM NBC The voice (9-11PM) 3.9 11 13.81
CBS NCIS: LA 2.4 7 15.29
ABC The Goldbergs -R 1.0 3 3.20
FOX New Girl -R 0.7 2 1.50
CW Supernatural -R 0.4 1 0.94
9:30PM ABC Trophy Wife -R 0.7 2 2.44
FOX The Mindy Project -R 0.7 2 1.41
10:00 PM CBS Person of Interest 1.9 6 12.10
ABC What Would You Do? 0.7 2 2.48


via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:


“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” captured its highest Tuesday rating in metered-market households (3.5 rating, 9 share) in four months (since an appearance by President Obama on Aug. 6, 3.8/10).


Last night’s encore of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.7/6 in metered-market households) earned that show’s top Tuesday result since Oct. 8, despite being a rebroadcast.


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.5/9; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/6; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.3/5).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 1.0/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/4 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for  live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Go NCIS twins! (great episode of LA) Come on POI!

    SHIELD doesn’t repeat very well.

    Was that encore of Dads almost as high as an original?

  • Ashley

    Not surprised The Voice is down. People aren’t interested in watching Christina. Interesting to see if it goes back up with Shakira and Usher like I predict.

  • Ultima

    I’d hardly say POI “slides”

    It was down ~14% from its last original.

    12mil+ is pretty good against Voice finale, even 1.9 is not bad considering they have been hovering around 2.0 all year.

    The comparision is to the last episode, not to the season average and not taking into consideration the competition. It was down, everything else is just spin and excuses.

  • grey

    CBS is stupid for airing “POI” at this time. The three part arc was the perfect place to leave things before the winter break but CBS decides to air episode 11 in the dead zone of the week before Christmas. A 1.9. What do you expect? I’m surprised it wasn’t even lower. No excuse bingo here, just pointing out the stupidity of CBS programming.

  • Refrain


    While overall viewers remain pretty much the same from the last episode, what Amanda meant was that Episode 10 got a 2.2 18-49 and this episode got a 1.9 18-49. That being said the show was averaging around a 1.9-2.2 all season so it’s basically back to normal anyway.

  • Edward

    Dante, why aren’t you raving about how great POI did without SOA or CF in the timeslot?

  • Ultima

    Not surprised The Voice is down. People aren’t interested in watching Christina.

    If people aren’t interested in watching Christina, then why did the non-live episodes have virtually the same ratings as when Shakira was on?

  • pol

    Posted December 18, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Not surprised The Voice is down. People aren’t interested in watching Christina. Interesting to see if it goes back up with Shakira and Usher like I predict.
    Shakira is boring and bland and with questionable talent. At least Christina is way more talented, sassy and funny.

  • cc

    Do those Voice numbers reflect people tuning in and out just to see who won? The show itself was a hot mess, isn’t the finale supposed to be about the finalists?

    Good to see POI down too. 5 minutes of Reese is unacceptable.

    Nothing worth tuning in for on tonight’s broadcast schedule.

  • Chmarin

    Is the NCIS audience getting older and older? I mean, a couple of years ago, I remember the show hitting 20 million viewers w/ a 4.0 A18-49 rating. Now, they (almost) hit 20 million, but the demo rating is 2.8. That’s crazy.

  • The Best

    The Voice is paying back it’s over exposure !
    Two seasons a year is enough, NBC don’t need to extend it till Thursdays sometimes, airing lots of clip show and make two-hour tuesdays editions so often ! The Voice is OVER EXPOSED ! That’s why it keeps trending since season 3. -1.0 adults 18-49 in a year is HUGE !
    I love the show, and I just hope it won’t fall any further this spring, I hope it will stay above 3.0 and 10 million forever !

  • XY

    Christina is fake and boring. Shakira at least seems a real person, and she’s way funnier and hotter than Xtina. Whatever. Shakira and Usher are way better than the CeeLo-Xtina combo.

  • Ultima

    @Miley the Queen
    The Voice is fading fast.

    No, it’s not. It’s had a very gradual decline since switching to the always two-nights, two-cycles format.

    Season averages – 4.6, 4.9, 4.2, 4.0, 3.9

    1 point down from last fall and it’s been losing 0.5 point every cycle

    Big finale numbers are fun, but it’s the entire season that matters. While the live numbers dipped this season, the auditions/judge elimination rounds are solid.

    It’ll be bellow 2.0 for the finale in 3 years and NBC will stop showing this twice a year.

    Just like ABC has stopped showing Dancing with the Stars twice a year?


    Interesting the voice didn’t fall to much from last falls viewers but it went down a lot in the demo. Honestly I will say I skipped this entire season of the voice. I needed a break but will watch when shakira and usher return. To be honest though I am really excited to see American idol return I am loving the new promos, the chemistry and the great contestants. It could be lucky 13 for idol. Person of interest interesting it rises viewership but such a low demo lol.


    Is anyone looking forward to idol? What do u think it’s premiere ratings will be?

  • Samunto

    ABit disappointed with the finale ratings for The Voice. The whole season it was pretty much on par with last year and the talent was excellent. And with Celine Dion and Lady Gaga they had major stars.

    Great episode really.

    Though i still hope they could scale it back to 1 cycle per season. Hope they manage to get another reality hit or great scripted successes to fill the hours.

    Xtina has been great this season.

  • MeandMrsJones

    I’m still convinced they are going to kill Reese. Maybe they’ll rethink the strategy though.

  • cc

    “If people aren’t interested in watching Christina, then why did the non-live episodes have virtually the same ratings as when Shakira was on?”

    Viewers tuned in to see the contestants regardless of the judges?

    Shakira has sold and continues to sell more albums than xtina. Christina came back because her last album didn’t sell like she expected.

  • Refrain

    Actually Amanda, Person of Interest got a 1.9 with less viewers for Episode 7 of this season. This episode technically isn’t a series low.

  • PurpleDrazi

    DADS beat New Girl and B99? I can’t. I guess this will be renewed too!

    I seriously doubt one nights ratings of a bunch of reruns is going to change anybody’s mind.

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