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Final Broadcast Ratings: May 23, 2017

The season finale of THE VOICE tops the season finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS, allowing NBC to win on Tuesday night. The singing competition series drew 9.4 million viewers and a 1.9 rating in Adults 18-49. That is down 1.1 million viewers and a half a point in the demo, from last fall's finale. Erosion is the same, when comparing year-to-year numbers. Earlier, GREAT NEWS topped BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, head to head, but both were battling to stay out of 4th place.

The season finale of DANCING WITH THE STARS only collected 8.9 million viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, down significantly from its Monday night average. Compared to the fall finale, DWTS lost four-tenths of a point in the demo and dropped 2.1 million total viewers. Last spring, the finale drew 10.5 million viewers and a 1.6 demo rating. What hurt DWTS is airing the finale on a night it almost never airs on.

The CW pushed past FOX and CBS, to place third in the A18-34 demographic, beat FOX in the A25-54 demographic and tied FOX in the A18-49 age group. THE FLASH FINALE posted a solid 0.8 rating in Adults 18-34 demo and a 1.1 rating in the A18-49 demo, to win the 8 PM hour. i ZOMBIE lost nearly two-thirds of its lead in audience, in all age groups.

CBS only had BULL in an original episode, from its regular line up. The freshman series finale collected 8.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the A18-49 demo. Not having a new NCIS as a lead in dropped the episode well below its season average.

FOX looked horrible on the night, getting swept by The CW, placing last on the night. Although I love B99, how can FOX renew such a low rated series and expect to increase vieweship in the new season?

Final L+SD Network Averages:

Total viewers A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
ABC 8.30 million 0.9 1.4 1.7
CBS 7.10 million 0.5 0.9 1.3
CW 2.00 million 0.6 0.7 0.9
FOX 1.80 million 0.5 0.7 0.8
NBC 7.30 million 0.9 1.5 2.1

Time Net Program P2* A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
8:00 ABC Downward Dog 5.74 0.6 1.0 1.3
8:30 ABC DWTS (SF) 8.91 1.0 1.4 1.8
8:00 CBS NCIS [R] 8.30 0.5 0.9 1.3
9:00 CBS BULL (SF) 8.54 0.6 1.1 1.6
10:00 CBS 48 Hours: NCIS 4.55 0.3 0.6 0.9
8:00 CW The Flash (SF) 3.04 0.8 1.1 1.3
9:00 CW iZombie  0.98 0.3 0.3 0.4
8:00 FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.78 0.5 0.7 0.8
8:30 FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine (SF) 1.50 0.4 0.6 0.7
9:00 FOX Prison Break  1.90 0.5 0.7 0.8
8:00 NBC Great News 3.11 0.4 0.7 0.9
8:30 NBC Great News (SF) 3.07 0.5 0.8 1.0
9:00 NBC The Voice (SF) 9.35 1.1 1.9 2.6
* - viewers in millions

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