Monday and Tuesday were big reality television nights, but they were rough nights in the ratings.
Tuesday, two big reality competitions ended their seasons with live finales:
- The Voice’s viewers finally gave Christina Aguilera a win, as her team member Alisan Porter won, defeating Blake Shelton’s team member, Adam Wakefield.
- The 22nd season of Dancing with the Stars concluded with the win going to the winner of Top Model season 22: Nyle DiMarco. His win gave Peta Murgatroyd her second victory as a professional partner.
They were the top-rated shows of the evening: 10.4 million people watched The Voice and 10.3 million watched Dancing with the Stars, though The Voice had a younger audience (2.1 in 18-49) than DWTS (1.6).
Both shows, TV By the Numbers notes, “hit ratings lows Tuesday,” with The Voice having “the weakest performance for a season finale in the show’s history.” THR said “both series closed their spring cycles with finale lows, each down considerably from the same time last year.”
On Monday and Tuesday, the two shows were the top-two series of the night.
Also on Monday:
- The Bachelorette was in third place, returning down just slightly (2.0 vs. 2.1) compared to last summer’s debut, but tied The Voice in the demo on Monday.
- The Survivor Price is Right special came in third place in its hour, with 6.19 million viewers and a 1.3.
- The Big Brother Price is Right special actually had more viewers than the Survivor one, 6.39 million, but a lower 18-49 rating, 1.1. So in other words, fewer younger viewers, more older viewers than Survivor’s special.
- Hotel Hell returned after a nearly two-year break for its third season. When it debuted in 2012, as the summer’s highest-rated new show in 18-49 with 5.12 million viewers. Last night it had just 2.5 million viewers and was the third lowest-rated show, behind The CW’s Containment.
- The lowest-rated series of the night, though, was Mark Burnett’s dating series Coupled, with just 1.3 million viewers.
All of the usual disclaimers apply here—overnight ratings are increasingly useless, and these aren’t terrible numbers. Same-day DVR usage is included, but not those who watch today or this week. Then again, do passionate audiences watch DVR recordings of live finales three or seven days later?