The second show of the second week of The Voice (4.3/13) on Tuesday saw the fourth night of blind auditions. There was some singing of an Adele tune, a model-turned-singer, some chairs turned around, judge Blake Shelton’s offer to adopt a contestant, and a few fine dance moves from Usher. The one-hour episode was up 5% from the March 26 show’s final numbers and up 10% from last week’s fast nationals of 3.9/12. So don’t be surprised if today’s final number sees a bump. In that long road back from its ratings hell, NBC is taking pride that the fast national for last night’s Voice is the best result for any show on NBC, ABC, CBS or Fox in Tuesday primetime since The Voice Season 3 finale on December 18. NBC won Tuesday in the adults 18-49 demo, with CBS taking the top spot in total viewers with 9.544 million.
Also on NBC last night, the season finale of The New Normal heard a bit of John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy and saw a birth. It also came in two parts: One at 9 PM (1.9/5), where the Thursday-headed Go On is usually slotted, the other during its regular 9:30 (1.4/4) slot. Benefiting from its Voice lead-in, the 9 PM episode of the Ryan Murphy-produced show was even with the last week’s Go On, which saw a ratings surge coming on after the singing show. The 9:30 show was up 8% from last week. Smash (0.9/3), about to be moved to Saturday nights starting this week, saw its final Tuesday episode fall 10%. With 3.1 million watching, the series that is almost certain to not be renewed did hit its highest viewership total since February 19.
ABC started the night with Splash (1.4/4). The freshman pool-based reality show saw former Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson take a dive of her own — off the show. Directly facing The Voice, the episode was down 18% from last week to hit a new low. Unlike on Monday, Dancing With The Stars (2.2/6) did not go head-to-head with Voice last night. The 9 PM one-hour results show, however, did see a contestant eliminated and D.L Hughley express some, let’s just called it “frustration”, with the judges on the dance competition show. It dipped 8% from last week’s airing. Ahead of the 13.1 million who watched The Voice, DWTS was the most viewed show of the night with an audience of 13.6 million. Pulling in its second-highest numbers of the season, Body Of Proof (1.5/4) took a slight 6% dip from its last show March 26.
With repeats of NCIS (1.4/4) and NCIS: LA (1.6/4) last night, CBS’ only original was Golden Boy (1.3/4). The freshman cop drama slipped 7% from its show last week to hit its lowest Tuesday airing so far. It actually isn’t the worst Golden Boy has ever done: The show drew a 1.0/3 when on March 8 — a Friday.
On Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen (1.9/6), Gordon Ramsey provided plenty of drama and yelling as always and there were pancakes too. The series dipped 5% from last week’s show. Next was a repeat of New Girl (1.3/4) and then a new The Mindy Project (1.4/4). The comedy was down 7% in adults 18-49 from its March 26 show but saw a 4% bop up in total viewers to 2.7 million.
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