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'Voice' finale highest-rated yet

The Voice Finale

NBC’s The Voice finished its first fall edition with a triumphant finale performance.

The two-hour live closer delivered 14 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49, making it the most-watched and highest-rated Voice finale yet – and that includes last spring’s edition, which received a significant initial boost premiering out of the Super Bowl. The Voice was up 11 percent to a season high Tuesday evening and crowned winner Cassadee Pope.

NBC took a risk doubling down with The Voice, deciding to run the relatively new hit twice a year. But so far it’s paid off. The Voice’s third cycle outshined the second round of Fox’s rival X-Factor and helped NBC reverse a nine-year fall losing trend. Now the network has to see if it can maintain its momentum going into the new year.

Despite NBC’s strong performance, CBS’ dramas improved. NCIS, NCIS: LA and Vegas all posted gains ranging from 7 to 18 percent, climbing from last week’s season lows. ABC’s block continued to perform modestly, even with another airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas to get the night started. Fox got out of the way, running comedy repeats.

Full chart:

FOX 8:00P RAISING HOPE R #10 1.0 2,534
8:30P BEN & KATE R #11t 0.8 1,980
9:00P NEW GIRL R #11t 0.8 1,752
9:30P MINDY PROJECT R #13 0.6 1,458
9:00P HAPPY ENDINGS #7 1.3 3,176
9:30P APT 23 #9 1.1 2,550
10-11P PRIVATE #8 1.2 3,769
CBS 8-9P NCIS #2 3.3 19,409
9-10P NCIS:LA #3 2.9 15,358
10-11P VEGA #6 1.6 9,782
NBC 8-9P VOICE 12/18 RS #4 2.4 8,065
9-11P VOICE FINALE #1 4.9 14,044
CW 8-10P MUPPET XMAS S #14 0.5 1,441

Originally posted December 19 2012 — 12:08 PM EST

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