Unless you were the Republican Party and Donald Trump over on CNN, pretty much everyone stayed out of the way of the season finale of The Voice (2.9/9) last night. After a live performances clip show at 8 PM, the action really got started as the final four strutted their stuff with the GOP had their own contest in Las Vegas.
In the end, only one was crowned the Season 9 champ with a not unexpected victory for Team Adam. A victory that also came after a series of duets with eliminated contestants and performances from Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Missy Elliott and The Weekend as the Mark Burnett produced competition show cranked up the starpower to end a season that was sometimes a little dim.
And it dimmed again, as last night’s finale was down 12% among adults 18-49 from the Season 7 finale of December 16, 2014. Matching the Season 8 finale of May 19 this year in the key demo, last night’s season ender is tied for the lowest Voice finale ever and is the worst winter ending the show has had. Compared to last week’s 1-hour show at 8 PM, last night’s 9 -11 PM Voice was up 4% in the 18-49s.
There is some other slightly good news for NBC from last night as The Voice finale faced CBS originals and it’s first GOP debate. While down a tick from the 12.88 million who tuned in for the Season 7 finale, the 12.6 million who watched last night’s Season 9 ender was actually up 9% from the Season 8 finale. In fast nationals, NBC topped the night with a 2.5/8 rating and 11.22 million viewers.
Still,CBS was in the ring and took The Voice on full force with a line-up of NCIS (2.1), NCIS: New Orleans (1.6) and Limitless (1.3). For one, NCIS beat The Voice in viewership with 15.45 million watching the procedural. Secondly, both NCIS: NOLA and newbie Limitless were even with their last originals of November 24, while NCIS itself dipped 5% among the demo. Fox and the CW were all encores on Tuesday while ABC was Christmas specialed up and ended the night with a Shark Tank repeat.