Four series ended their seasons on a high note last night. The second-season finale of NBC’s The Voice (4.3/11) was up 16% from last season’s closer. However, the comparisons are not apples-to-apples — this year’s finale aired from 9-11 PM, while last year’s ran from 8-9 PM in late June when viewing levels were 32% lower than last night. Fashion Star (1.3/4) dropped 15% in its move from 10 PM to 8 PM to accommodate The Voice finale. NBC won the night in adults 18-49, and CBS was tops in total viewers.
Fox’s Glee (2.6/8) was up 8% from its fast national last week, 4% from the final. The first-season finale of the already renewed New Girl (2.8/7) shot up 27% from last week. The finale of another freshman comedy, ABC’s Last Man Standing (1.7/5), was up 13% from last week’s series low to boost the show’s solid chances of returning next fall. Cougar Town (1.5/4), which may move to TBS, was up 15% from last week’s low. But, following a Dancing With The Stars results show (2.3/6, even with its fast national last Tuesday), Private Practice (1.5/4) dived 29% to a series low after two solid showings in the new Tuesday 10 PM slot. The medical drama has been under consideration for a 13-episode final-season order.
CBS’ NCIS (3.0/9) matched its fast national from last week, while NCIS: LA (3.0/8) impressively held onto the rating for its Hawaii Five-0 crossover episode last week. CBS’ bubble freshman Unforgettable (2.0/5) kept its renewal hopes alive with a 11% ratings bump for its finale. The CW’s 90210 (0.6/2) and LA Complex (0.3/1) held steady.