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.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    The Voice fall finale was down because there are no Blake driven country contestants.Most part of America loves country,so with no country to root for it, why bother?

  • Ashley

    SPN repeats are doing better than the entire CW Monday and Friday line-ups lol

  • tomsman

    I’d swear that the “live” portions last night were a few snippets here and there and that EVERY musical number was pre-recorded. Not once did the “live” logo appear during them – including some stuff with Carson. I was really ticked off. He kept saying it was “the LIVE season finale”. The introduction of the Olympic athletes said “live” and a couple other short bits. I understand that cramming all of those acts into that small amount of time would be crazy – but don’t lie. Say the reveal is live and be done with it.

    They might as well re-name WWYD to what it really should have been all along – Who Can We Shame Next.

  • Tom


    So it’s spin and excuses for POI, but the Voice is a casualty of everything being down?

    ahhh, got it. :)

  • Ultima

    To further illustrate how meaningless finale numbers are, in 2004, American Idol’s finale was down 20% from the previous season (12.0 vs ~15.0), yet overall the show was up ~5% and would continue to grow for an additional two seasons.

    People are delusional if they don’t think that The Voice will continue to occupy 80-100 hours of NBC’s schedule every year for most of this decade.

  • Bored Now


    “I had no idea that POI was new – luckily the DVR caught it.”

    You and a good number of other viewers I’d imagine, including some that currently actually matter to the Nielsen ratings, no doubt. Scheduling a new episode last night was ridiculous, so long after the last new one and only a week before Christmas. Guaranteed to impact the ratings.

    That said, I actually thought the hit would be much worse so I’m pleased that it held up as well as it did. Good for POI.

    Not bad for The CW either, as far as repeats go. Those are Monday and Friday new episode numbers, right there.

  • andrew


    the ENTIRE SEASON is down, not just the finale!! what part of that don’t you understand? do you have comprehension problems? season 4 has beating season 5 episode to episode all season, EXCEPT the first 3 blind auditions only. that’s a FACT.

  • Tessanne Ka-Ching

    Nothing to do with country or Blake. Matthew going out prematurely has put a lot of fangirls tune out. I actually thought he was the frontrunner when he was the 1st one to have his song at #1 about a month ago. He had everything going for him, the right looks and age etc. I’m actually surprised that Will made the final.

  • Tim

    Like all other ‘Voice’ winners, the person will drop off the radar forever (can you name any of the prior winners?) and this show will continue to be more like game show focused on the judges and their chairs instead of the actual contestants.

  • andrew

    meant beaten not beating

  • Tessanne Ka-Ching

    Calm down andrew.. ultima is right, everything is down, but The Voice less so than others.

  • Ultima

    So it’s spin and excuses for POI, but the Voice is a casualty of everything being down?

    Do you not understand the difference between year-to-year and week-to-week? Are you being intentionally obtuse?

    The Voice was down year-to-year, this is not a big deal. I’m not making excuses for the finale ratings, they suck compared to last year. However, it’s ridiculous for people to go from that to predicting a swift end for the show.

    Persion of Interest was down week-to-week, this is also not a big deal. But it was ridiculous for someone to complain that it didn’t “slide.” It did, the reason why doesn’t matter.

  • Tessanne Ka-Ching

    Cassadee Pope received a golden plaque on monday from her record label. What do you have to say about that Tim?

  • Jon

    Yeah Reese was not in this one that much. But he still was the most important person on the show and Fusco and him was great together. Its without a doubt without Reese the show would be dead. That is a fact. To kill him off would be like killing off Jack Bauer and still continue on with 24. If POI kill Reese off the show might just end because no one would watch it anymore

  • Bored Now


    I think all Ultima is trying to say is that POI is down from last week, which it clearly is, and whatever the reason for that might be, saying otherwise is kinda pointless. It’s down from the last new episode. Just how it is.

  • Bored Now

    Which I now see Ultima has just said for himself…

  • joel

    That’s what happens with calendar year finales getting pushed closer to Christmas

  • Dan S

    Yay for Goldbergs rerun doing well. I’ll be very interested to see how it does tonight after The Middle. I’m willing to bet it’ll do better than its lead in. Maybe then the ABC suits will rethink keeping this gem on Tues.

  • Ultima

    @Bored Now
    Scheduling a new episode last night was ridiculous, so long after the last new one and only a week before Christmas.

    I’m curious as to how people develop the habit that once a show airs a repeat in December, that it’s done until January.

    Broadcast networks have been airing originals in December, usually following repeats or preemptions, for 60 years.

  • Hardline_Pro

    NOOO, Person of Interest. ;(

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