Ratings: 'The Voice' Pulls Ahead of 'American Idol' on Night of National Championship Game

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Ratings: ‘The Voice’ Pulls Ahead of ‘American Idol’ on Night of National Championship Game

We’ll get final numbers for CBS — Monday’s big winner — later

CBS has Monday primetime in the bag, so last night’s real ratings battle came down to singing competition’s “The Voice” and “American Idol.”

The NBC talent show distanced itself from the ABC one this week.

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The NCAA National Championship Game, in which Baylor beat Gonzaga 86-70, aired on CBS. Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-affiliate Nielsen numbers should be considered subject to significant adjustment when final figures come in.

CBS was first in ratings with an initial 2.4 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Again, those are only going up — especially when you consider the fact that a rerun of “The Neighborhood” kicked off CBS’ primetime, dragging the network’s averages down.

NBC was second in ratings with a 0.6/4 and in total viewers with 4.7 million. “The Voice” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. averaged a 0.8/5 and 5.8 million total viewers. “Debris” at 10 had a 0.4/2 and 2.5 million total viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.5/3 and in total viewers with 3.8 million. “American Idol” from 8 to 10 averaged a 0.6/4 and 4.5 million total viewers. A rerun followed.

Fox, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.3/2. Fox was fourth in viewers with 2 million, Univision was fifth with 1.2 million and Telemundo was sixth with 955,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 516,000.

More to come…

Tony Maglio

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