Ratings: DWTS Draws Best Finale Numbers in 4 Seasons, Voice Hits Low

Dancing With the Stars Finale Ratings

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Season 19 finale on Tuesday night drew 16 million total viewers and a 3.0 demo rating (per finals), up 8 and 25 percent year-over-year to deliver its best finale numbers in four cycles, since November 2012.

DWTS was Tuesday’s highest-rated program and also stands as TV’s most-watched unscripted series telecast in nine months (since The Voice‘s Season 6 opener).

The 8 o’clock recap special did 11.3 mil and a 1.9.


NBC | The Voice (9.4 mil/2.3) slipped 15 percent to a series-low demo rating. (Year over year, the Top 10 results show was down 21 and 28 percent.) Up against DWTS, Marry Me (3.3 mil/1.1), About a Boy (3.1 mil/1.0) and Chicago Fire (6 mil/1.6) all dropped markedly.

CBS | NCIS (16 mil/2.5) slipped 12 percent and a tenth yet out-rated an original Voice telecast for the first time ever. NCIS: New Orleans (14.5 mil/2.3) shed 14 percent in audience while steady in the demo versus DWTS, while Person of Interest (9 mil/1.7) dropped some eyeballs but ticked up a tenth in the demo.

FOX | MasterChef Junior (4.1 mil/1.5) and Mindy Project (2.3 mil/1.1) were steady, but New Girl (2.8 mil/1.3) dipped a tenth.

THE CW | The Flash (3.5 mil/1.4) dropped a couple of eyeballs while steady in the demo, but Supernatural (2.3 mil/0.9) slipped a tenth in the demo.

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  1. HeatherC says:

    Ugh, not a good night NBC. Those comedies are killing your Tuesdays. =( I do think The Voice and Chicago Fire will bounce back next week and I imagine the CF DVR viewings will be higher this week since a lot of people apparently wanted to watch DWTS live last night. =P

    • Moment says:

      I want NBC to swap About a Boy and Marry Mes timeslot. It’s like as soon as The Voice is over and people see Marry Me is next, they switch over. Perhaps About a Boy could do better.

  2. Tran says:

    I have a feeling Erin Andrews would be back co-hosting with Tom Bergeron on the next cycle of DWTS come Spring 2015. I always dreamed of Erin Andrews even though she’s with boyfriend Jarrett Stoll of the defending Stanley Cup champions LA Kings.

  3. Coal. says:

    Probably the only thing better than Person of Interest at the moment is The Walking Dead.

  4. Moment says:

    Good for POI, the heavily serialized nature of the show has lost it a few viewers, but hopefully it’ll get a final season, likely on a different day next season, probably Friday or Sunday. Also Elias clearly knew that Reese would save him, I don’t think he truly went in there to die. Especially given that he’s out for blood now because his friend died.

    • TVPeong says:

      You think so? I think he was willing to die to protect Anthony (Scarface). He tried to make sure that Anthony was let go before he gave them the code. Only when Anthony gave permission did Elias finally give in.

      • Moment says:

        I think he knew that Anthony wasn’t getting out of there alive, that’s why he gave him a code that caused the explosion. I just don’t see someone who was arguably the most powerful man in the city before the Brotherhood were on the scene giving up against someone like Dominic. I could be wrong though.

    • Ben says:

      Lets not be so negative. Why is POI already at ‘final season’ stage… its ratings aren’t sooooo bad. CBS has Friday sort of sorted at the moment.
      I would think/hope POI has two or three seasons in it yet. CBS tends to do a good job of standing by its veteran dramas for a while.
      But the best thing that could happen to POI is the writers getting a full season of notice that it is the ‘final season’.

      • Moment says:

        I didn’t call this season the final season, read my comment again. Also the ratings have dropped sharply from last season. The episode that aired this time last year pulled a 2.2, to this episodes 1.7. I also wasn’t being negative at all. I’m not a negative person at all when commenting here, I’m quite happy to discuss things with people. With regards to Friday, Hawaii Five-O is kinda failing. I just can’t see the show going beyond Season 5, I’m expecting a further drop this Spring(Which is common for most TV shows…).

  5. Boiler says:

    I feel bad for New Girl. I think it has been very god this year as has Mindy

  6. Andrea says:

    Matt, you used to write about the soaps, so I thought of you when Trent Dawson (Henry, ATWT) was on NCIS last night. Enjoyable episode. Competent Tony, we got to meet Jake, and he and Ellie are happily married.

  7. Wth the possible exception of Boyd, there is really a lack of talent or stage presence among the finalsts this season on the Voice. The performances are boring, to be honest. I also grew wearing of listening to singers off pitch then hearing the judges act like they were superstars. They also all but eliminate anyone over the age of 30, and guess who is the largest demo watching TV? The geniuses haven’t figured out that the I-Tunes generation probably isn’t watching. Dancing With the Stars had some interesting characters, good dancing, no real surprise they won the battle. And guess which demo is watching? It likely isn’t the I-Tunes crowd.
    I stopped watching The Voice when it was clear unless you downloaded the music your vote didn’t really count.