There were spies on ABC but it was truly show time on Fox and NBC last night. With its first live elimination show of Season 6, last night’s The Voice (2.7/9) rolled out a sizzling performance from mentor Shakira as well as cutting two contestants. Coming off its lowest Monday result ever and with the return of the Twitter instant save for a second season, the singing competition show was down 10% from last Tuesday. That’s a new low for the show in terms of regular episodes. Still, The Voice was the top-rated and most watched show of the night with 10.95 million watching. While NBC likely doesn’t want those standings to change, it might see a change in The Voice’s 18-49 rating later in the day when the final numbers come in – the show has commonly seen an adjustment upward from the preliminaries. With its 9:01 PM Voice spillover start, freshman About A Boy (1.9/6) saw a 6% bop up from last week in preliminary ratings. Fellow newbie Growing Up Fisher (1.5/4) was even with last week’s low. Getting a 1.8/5 among the 18-49s, NBC was No. 1 last night with an all-encore CBS coming in tops in total viewers with 9.41 million watching. CBS’ NCIS repeat was the second-most-watched show of Tuesday’s primetime after The Voice with an audience of 10.42 million.
Of course, The Voice wasn’t the only place for the tunes on TV last night at 8 PM. The episode was called “Opening Night” and that’s what it was on Glee (0.9/3) on Tuesday. With Broadway anxieties galore, it was Rachel’s big big night and most of the former McKinley High gang in NYC to see her Funny Girl debut and await the reviews. The 105th episode of the Fox series slipped a tenth from its April 15th show. Following a New Girl repeat, The Mindy Project (1.0/3) was even with last week’s show.
It was all topsy turvy on the CW last night with The Originals (0.6/2) and Supernatural (0.9/3). The former fell 14% from last week to hit a new low while with About A Boy the only other original in the 9 PM slot, the latter jumped up 29% among the key demo. With 2.2 million watching, Supernatural also saw a big leap up of 37% in total viewers from last week.
After a double shot of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.8/6) last week, the ABC superspy agency series was back in its original 8 PM slot last night. To paraphrase Martha Stewart, that seemed to be a bit of a good thing as compared to last week’s 9 PM show, S.H.I.E.L.D was down 15%. However, compared to its last 8 PM original on April 8, the freshman went up 6% among adults 18-49. Being that S.H.I.E.LD. often sees a rise of at least a tenth in the final numbers, that key demo result will likely get better to ABC’s relief. Relief is not the word that comes to mind for Celebrity Wife Swap (0.9/3). In its second week of its new season, the unscripted show had the 10 PM slot all to itself in terms of new shows. Still, with a Trophy Wife repeat as its lead-in and after starting off its latest cycle with its lowest premiere ever, the show fell 10% from its April 15 broadcast.
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