The winner’s circle was looking pretty packed on primetime last night as both The Voice (2.8/9) and Dancing With The Stars (2.3/7) crowned victors. With performances from the Final 4 plus coach Adam Levine’s Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran, among others, the Mark Burnett produced series hit a strong note with a 33% rise among adults 18-49 from last week for its Season 8 2-hour finale. Still, as NBC look to squeak out a demo win for the 2014-15 season over CBS, they might want to wonder if the song should remain the same. Compared to both its Season 7 ender of last December and its Season 6 finale of May 20, 2014, last night’s Voice fell 15% among the demo to an all-time finale low. While the highest rated show of the night and giving NBC an overall 18-49 win for the night with a 2.4/8 rating, the low for singing competition show should actually come as no surprise in a season that has seen The Voice hit a number of new lows. For your files, the previous finale low for the show was the 3.3/10 that both the S6 and S7 enders drew.
The second highest rated show of Tuesday night and, with 13.31 million tuning in, the most watched was ABC’s DWTS. Also a 2-hour finale, the end of the 20th season of course saw a winning duo chosen, and a rather unique fatherly video shown as well. While not unexpectedly up from last week, in this case by 53%, last night’s finale was steady with its Season 18 ender of May 20, 2014. Last night’s demo result dipped just 4% from the previous spring finale. Straight finale-to-finale, the end of Season 20 of DWTS was down 23% from the Season 19 ender of November 25, 2014. DWTS lead-in The Bachelorette (1.9/7) was down 10% from Monday’s season premiere. ABC took the top spot among total viewers for the night with 11.22 million.
Over on The CW, there was a finale too last night with The Flash (1.4/5) coming to the end of its freshman race. Even with all the drama on-screen, it was a pretty steady pace for the speedster ratingswise with just a 7% dip from last week for the DC Comics based show. Still there was some traction there because fellow freshman and lead-out iZombie (0.7.2) went in the other direction with a 17% rise in the demo from its May 12 show.
A double dishing up of Hell’s Kitchen kept Fox well fed on the night of those big finales. The 8 PM (1.2/4) broadcast of Mr. Ramsay’s series was even with last week while a special 9 PM (1.3/4) broadcast simmered up 8% from the 8 PM May 12 show – and that was against the opening hour of both The Voice and DWTS.
Having wrapped up their seasons, CBS played encores of NCIS (1.0/4), NCIS: New Orleans (0.9/3) and another NCIS (0.9/3). The 8 PM NCIS was the third most watched show of Tuesday night with 9.08 million viewers.