Ratings: Dancing's Grand Finale Trips Up, NCIS Down, Parenthood Steady

Dancing With the Stars ended its 13th cycle on a down note.

Tuesday’s two-hour finale — which saw J.R. Martinez waltz off with the mirror ball trophy — averaged 19.5 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demo. That represents a steep 20 percent decline from last year’s fall finale (featuring champ Jennifer Grey champ.)

A special Tuesday edition of X Factor, meanwhile, drew 9.4 million sets of eyeballs and a 3.2 demo rating — off 18 percent compared to last Wednesday’s performance show.

Going hour-by-hour….

8 pm | NCIS led among viewers, although its 18.5 million tally was off 13 percent week-to-week. ABC’s sitcombo of Last Man Standing and Man Up! was up a tick in both viewers (9.3 mil and 6.8 mil, respectively) and the demo (2.7 and 1.9).

9 pm | NCIS: LA placed second behind the first hour of DWTS with 14 million and a 3.0 rating (off 12 percent week-to-week).

10 pm | Unforgettable trailed the final hour of DWTS (10. 3 million and 2.2, down 8 percent). Parenthood was steady in the demo (1.9) and up a tick in viewers (4.5 million).

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  1. kevin says:

    PARENTHOOD continues their ratings’ roller coaster ride but I felt heart broken on Ricki Lake’s loss on the DWTS finale and J.R. Martinez truly deserve that trophy and he’s destined to be a rising star in the future. Also, NCIS still giving more thanks in its nine season run and I give no thanks to UNFORGETTABLE.

  2. Pat says:

    DWTS winner was very predictable. We knew the winner after week one. JR is an injured war hero, a nice guy and a good dancer. Who could beat that? Predictability = lower ratings.

  3. Tess says:

    Problem for DWTS was not just that JR and Ricki were expected final 3 material, but that in the final show the judges’ put Rob in the top spot so many people felt the Kardashian machine was churning in full force to get him the win which may not have sat well with some viewers, especially since the judges’ were less favorable to an injured JR and gave Ricki the ol’ “thanks for playing” on Monday. Had say, Chynna or even Kristen made the finals (or one of the more likeable characters there like David or Carson)then I think more people might have tuned in on Tuesday’s results. The ratings were still good though, even if they were down from last year.

    I would bet the drop in X-Factor viewers was largely based on it being moved up a day and it being the week of Thanksgiving. Being on FOX in the Fall has really screwed Simon’s hopes to gain viewership with all the baseball and holidays to work around. Still, decent ratings overall and I would imagine FOX is still quite pleased with the show overall since it’s doing better than just about anything else they’ve had in the Fall in previous years.

  4. shaun says:

    NCIS LA suckered me in thinking Kenzi and Deeks would actually go further,not much new stuff even happened!!

  5. tp says:

    Christina on Parenthood gets on my last nerve. I love Parenthood and wouldn’t miss it for the world. I just kinda ff through her parts mostly.