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.


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  • Eve


    Also they are friends and neighbors…

  • Gabby


    Taraji P. Henson did not say that her contract was only 3 years. She said that she did not know “when” her character would be written off but that it was a possibility. She said that she had guessed maybe during the first 2 to be years but she had not been sure.

    On Letterman, TPH said that she did not want to remain on a show for 7 years. 2.5 seasons is way less than 7 years.

  • Gabby

    Sorry, that should have read, “(Taraji P. Henson) She said that she had guessed maybe during the first 2 to three years, but she had not been sure.

  • mightyfitz

    Any one of the other networks would be delighted to have a top rated show that consistently is number one in its timeslot and top 3 for all shows most weeks(outside of sporting events). Also, as has been pointed out the last two winners of the voice are doing very well on the country charts. Tessane Chin has had 3 number ones this season on I tunes a very good indicator that she is probably going to be their first mega-star so 3 out of5 winners is imo a very good average. Idol has had 12 winners and not even half have gone on to major success Way to early to put an epitaph on this show or its impact on the music/entertainment industry.

  • Billiam

    POI still got 12 million in total viewers but as expected, it went below 2.0 in the demo. Bad scheduling. Never schedule a show in December unless you want it to fail. I was expecting worse, though.

  • TBM

    I am PRAYING that The Voice drops 15-20% with the winter cycle, but it won’t. It’ll probably go down by less than 5%. I don’t know why so many people continue watching this garbage. The show is lamer than American Idol.

  • AbeCardinal

    I have to say that I expected lower ratings to PoI. All in all, it is not bad considering that many fans left after the events of “The Crossing,” and the fact that it’s December. I would have left the End Game trilogy alone and not air new episodes till January.

  • Edward Mooney

    The Voice rocked it! Next season with Usher & Shakera will rise in ratings!

  • Steven

    I actually DVR The Voice. My girl and I will fast forward through a lot of it. Its easier to just watch the contestants that way and forget the rest of the BS. I’m also in the running 2 cycles hurts the Voices ratings. I also think the contestants would do better without the double cycle. Bye the time you are waiting for the last Cycles winners CD to come out its easy to forget the last contestant because there is already a new show and a new possible winner.

    NCISLA was awesome last night. This is the can’t miss show that my girl and I watch together. I don’t even really care much for the original NCIS but I love LA. I also thought Michelle Trachtenrberg was fantastic last. She is a much better actress than I remember. This from a Buffy fanboy. Also held its ratings steady up against The Voice Finale. Awesome.

  • imadiva

    All the excuses for POI low ratings, but we know why the ratings are down,they shouldn’t have killed off Carter and the show is going to suffer, and the rest of the year is going to continue to show that,if y’all what to continue to be in denial go right ahead, but killing off Carter was a huge mistake and it show’s, that’s what they get DA, don’t fix something if it isn’t broke.

  • Frank

    I’m sure that the Voice finale took viewers away from last night’s POI….
    which was an incredible episode!

  • Refrain


    Episode 7: 11.79 million, 1.9 18-49 (Carter Alive in this ep, series low)
    Episode 11: 12.10 million, 1.9 18-49 (Carter already dead in this ep)

    You need a better excuse.

  • Paul DeCroix

    Crime shows will live in reruns for many years to come. I never watch crime shows in prime time. I still enjoy Law & order shows from 10 years ago that run all the time.

  • karin

    POI so overrated ,series low, period

  • Missing Joss Carter

    imadiva is right. Killing the Joss Carter character on Person of Interest will result in the slow and painful death of what once was a superb offering. Nolan and Plageman and their merry band of overconfident writers have overestimated viewers desire for the “new direction” of the show and the spiffy new actress additions. Run Jim, run….as fast as you can, from a terminally ill drama. The machine(s) is going to be unplugged.

  • HalCapone

    As reported in Variety, The Voice was down vs. last year by 12% in adults 25-54 (5.1 vs. 5.8) and up about 20% in adults 50-plus (accounting for 1.3 million of its gained viewers) — but came in down a whopping 27% in persons 12-34 (2.7 vs. 3.7). That’s not insignificant but it is in no danger whatsoever of going away. Who knew nearly-deads watched The Voice!? Will Susan Boyle or Wayne Newton be making an appearance in some future airing?

  • Refrain

    @I have to say that I expected lower ratings to PoI

    Probably worth noting only Nielsen households are tracked. Random complainers saying they’re boycotting for ‘insert reason here’ won’t affect any show really.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    POI is NOTHING without Jim Caviezel! That’s just crazy talk about him being cut out of the show.

  • Refrain


    He won’t be, if anything Reese/Finch will likely live till the end of the series even.

  • Bella Bellini

    @radid SPN gets ratings like that all the time in syndication. The Originals has good reviews, so I’m sure people are catching up during the break.

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