UPDATE, 1:55 PM: Tuesday’s The Voice got a bump up to a 4.1/2 in the final numbers today from this morning’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. That pushes last night’s show up 3% among Adults 18-49 from Season 3’s first Tuesday last September where it was 3% down in fast nationals. Following The Voice, NBC’s Go On came down from the 110% surge fast nationals gave the comedy over last week’s show to a 90% boost or 1.9/5 in final numbers. The New Normal also came down from its 100% jump to an 86% jump of a 1.3/3 in final numbers. CBS’ NCIS, ABC’S Dancing With The Stars and Splash and Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen each went up a tenth in the final ratings as well.
PREVIOUSLY, 9: 14 AM: It was night two of Season 4 for The Voice (3.9/12) on Tuesday. The first one-hour episode of the singing competition series saw more blind auditions and the judges in the same outfits they wore in the season premiere. Voice took a slight dip from last year and fell from Monday’s debut, down 19% in adults 18-49 and 12% in total viewers. Compared with last season’s second night in September, it was off 3% in the demo but up 5% in total viewers. Last spring, The Voice didn’t have multiple weeknight broadcasts of the blind auditions, so direct comparisons are a bit apples and oranges especially because it also followed the Super Bowl, the most-watched US TV program ever.
The return of The Voice has already proved a balm to ratings-scorched NBC. After The Voice lead-in and a heavily promoted guest appearance by former fellow Friends star Courtney Cox on Matthew Perry’s Go On (2.1/5), the freshman comedy surged 110% in adults 18-49 from last week’s low. However, Go On was down 16% from its last Voice lead-in last year, on December 4. The New Normal (1.4/4) also benefited: The comedy was up 100% from the 0.7/2 low it got last week. Like Go On, New Normal was down — in this case 18% — from the last Voice lead-in night. After weeks of second-season ratings stumbles, Smash (1.0/3) was up 43% from the series low of its March 19 show. That’s the second-best rating the Broadway-based drama has received since its February 5 season debut.
It was a series of seconds on ABC last night. In the second week of Splash (1.6/5), which went head-to-head with The Voice, the new diving-based celebrity competition show sunk 38% from its March 19 premiere. After that was the second Dancing With The Stars (2.3/6) of the week. After returning last week for its 16th season, the episode saw D.L. Hughley literally fall to the floor in amazement that he made it through to another week. The ratings took a fall too: The Tuesday premiere of the series was down 26% from the same night last spring. Afterward, Body Of Proof (1.7/4) rose 13% from last week’s season high.
It was all cop all primetime on CBS, which led off with NCIS (3.1/9), which took slight 3% dip from last week but was the night’s most watched show with 18.06 million viewers. That was followed by NCIS: LA (2.6/7), the second most watched show with 14.32 million viewers. Also like last week, NCIS: LA guest starred John Corbett and Kim Raver in a steppingstone to the next planned spinoff of the franchise. The series was down 10% compared with its March 19 airing to tie a season low. CBS ended its night with freshman Golden Boy (1.4/4), which fell 18% from last week. Still, with 13.49 million total viewers and a 2.4 rating overall, CBS topped Tuesday in viewership and the demo.
Fox had its own dose of reality with Hell’s Kitchen (1.9/6). Now in its third week of its 11th season, the Gordon Ramsay cooking competition dipped 5% from its March 19 show. New Girl (2.2/6) and The Mindy Project (1.5/4) followed, with the former slipping 4% from last week while the latter was down 12%.