Ratings: Voice Predictably Lifts NBC Sitcoms and Smash, Sinks Splash; Body of Proof Tops 10pm

Ratings The Voice Go On SmashThe Voice on Tuesday night did what it was supposed to do — give a boost to NBC’s struggling freshman sitcoms, which in turn helped hoist Smash to best-since-premiere numbers.

With 12 million total viewers and a 3.9 rating, The Voice was down 12 and 19 percent from Monday’s opener yet easily dominated Tuesday in the demo. Come 9 o’clock, Go On (5.64 mil/2.1) enjoyed gains of 200 percent and hit its best demo since Dec. 14, while The New Normal (3.6 mil/1.4) surged 170 and 200 percent. Smash closed the Peacock’s night with 3.11 mil/1.0, up 17 and 43 percent (to a six-week demo high).

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The hardest hit by The Voice’s return to the Tuesday battlefield was ABC’s Splash, which after a solid enough premiere plunged 26 and 38 percent to 6.7 mil/1.6 (besting only The CW’s Peter Cottontail). Leading out of that, Dancing With the Stars (13.1 mil/2.3) was up 10 percent versus last season’s first results show and Body of Proof (9.6 mil/1.7) rose 13 percent to win its time slot in both measures.

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Over on CBS, NCIS (18.1 mil/3.1) dipped 9 percent and a tenth, Part 2 of NCIS: LA’s planted “Red” pilot (14.3 mil/2.6) was down 15 and 10 percent but led the 9 o’clock hour and Golden Boy (8.1 mil/1.4) fell 13 and 18 percent.

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Turning to Fox, Hell’s Kitchen weathered The Voice‘s return by retaining all of its week-ago audience (4.6 mil) and dipping just a tenth in the demo (to 1.9). New Girl (4.3 mil/2.2) likewise ticked down just a tenth, while The Mindy Project (2.8 mil/1.5) slid 8 percent and two tenths.

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