There was a lot of reality on television last night, with some shows faring far better than others. On NBC’s The Voice (4.0/12), the battle rounds came to an end as judge Usher used his final steal in the hourlong show’s final minutes, Team Adam saw Sarah Simmons nail a Lady Antebellum tune, and fellow judge Shakira forced the two Latina singers on the show to face off against each other performing one of her songs. But as previous seasons of The Voice have shown, battle rounds are not blind auditions, and while The Voice was Tuesday’s highest-rated show, the ratings powerhouse stumbled. Up against a new NCIS on CBS, it was down 13% from its April 16 broadcast. The third-most-watched show of the night, The Voice garnered 12.45 million viewers on Tuesday. As The Voice fell, the now-canceled Ready For Love (1.2/3) had a final new episode on Tuesday. The 9:01-to-11 PM broadcast was flat with last week’s show. Starting next Tuesday, Grimm will occupy The Voice lead-out slot.
CBS was the only network not reality-heavy last night. Its NCIS (2.7/8) was even with its last original two weeks ago and tied for a season low. NCIS was Tuesday night’s most-watched show, pulling in 16.76 million viewers. The second-most-watched show, NCIS: LA (2.6/7), slipped 4% from its last original on April 9 and also tied for a season low. Freshman cop drama Golden Boy was down 7% from last week. CBS won the night among Adults 18-49 (2.2) and in total viewers (12.9 million).
With comedy repeats, the only new show on Fox last night was Hell’s Kitchen (1.9/6). The Gordon Ramsey-hosted chef contest was down 10% from last week but remained close in terms of viewers with 4.7 million compared to April 16’s 4.8 million. ABC’s increasingly wet freshman Splash (1.1/2) was even with last week to tie a season low. Splash’s lead-out, the one-hour Dancing With The Stars results show (2.0/5), was down to a spring-season results show low, flagging 9% from its April 16 show. After the drama of reality, there was some scripted drama on ABC with Body of Proof (1.5/4), up 7% from last week. That made for the show’s second-best rating, as well as viewership, this season. On The CW, Hart of Dixie (0.4/1) was down a tenth, but the network had baseball pre-emptions across the country so that could change its final numbers.