Just over a week before those presents under the tree are opened, Tuesday’s primetime was full of holiday specials and more year-enders but not a lot of cheer for some. Almost Human (1.6/5) wrapped up the first part of its first season as the only original on a holiday animation heavy Fox. The freshman futuristic cop show from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions was down 11% from its December 10 show to hit a season low. Almost Human returns on January 6.
There was a lot of Christmas in the air but no noticeable androids on NBC on Tuesday as the network blasted out another full night of singing. There were also some low notes. With its penultimate episode of Season 5, The Voice (3.3/9) saw all four coaches belting out some Def Leppard with some of the British rock band on hand. The final trio of contestants also took to the stage one last time before a winner is declared on tonight’s finale. While the highest-rated show of the night, The Voice dipped 6% from last week. No big whoop on one level but that slight downward turn also resulted in the show’s lowest performance finale ever. Last night’s show was down 21% from last year’s Season 3 equivalent show on December 17 and down 11% from the Season 4 comparable show on June 17 of this year. Lead-out The Sing-Off (2.2/6) was back for the fourth show of its Season 4 seven-episode run last night. The theme on the a cappella show was “My Generation” which meant The Who obviously as well as a decent slab of classic rock as well as the likes of The Supremes. It also saw The Sing-Off slip 8% from last Monday’s season premiere. Still, NBC won the night with a 3.0/8 rating and 11.062 million viewers. CBS was in second place in both categories with a 1.9/5 and 6.609 million watching.
Having said that, the competition did ease a bit last night as the Baltimore Ravens’ 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions delivered a lower than usual NFL Monday Night Football on ESPN. Last night’s game had a 9.7 overnight metered market rating, which is down from last week’s 11.0 MM results. The Ravens/Lions game aired on the NBC affiliate for the former’s hometown and on the ABC affiliate for the latter which could result in some adjustments for the two networks in final numbers later today.
CBS had a full night of originals, the last for Tuesday’s primetime for the year. And there was some good news heading towards Christmas. Unsteady freshman Hostages (1.2/3) was up 9% from last week, pulling in its best result since October 28. At 9 PM, against hour two of The Voice performance, football and holiday shows, Mike & Molly (2.2/6) saw a 10% rise from last week and drew 8.76 million viewers. That’s the Mark Roberts and Chuck Lorre comedy’s best audience since its November 4 premiere. Otherwise on CBS, How I Met Your Mother (2.7/8) was down 10% from its last original on December 2 to hit a season low. 2 Broke Girls (2.3/7) was down 15% from its last original two weeks ago to tie a series low while newbie Mom (1.9/5) at 9:30 PM slid 10% from its last new show on December 2 to tie a season low. ABC’s only original of the night was The Great Christmas Light Fight (1.2/3), which saw some definite dimming. The short-term holiday tie-in show was down 14% from its December 9 debut.
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